How to become a Jeweller

Jewellers design and make jewellery and small objects using a wide range of materials, including metals, stones, woods, plastics and fibres.

Personal requirements of a Jeweller

  • Enjoy artistic and creative work
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work carefully and accurately
  • Creative design ability
  • Enjoy making things
  • Patient and able to persevere

Education & Training for a Jeweller

To become a jeweller you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Jewellery Manufacture or Jewellery and Object Design. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. You can also become a jeweller by completing a VET qualification in jewellery manufacture or jewellery and object design. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Alternatively, you can become a jeweller by completing a degree at university with a major in jewellery, 3D design or gold and silversmithing. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and submit a folio of work. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Jeweller

Jewellers may perform the following tasks:

  • create design drawings and specifications for wearable or three-dimensional objects
  • shape metal and other materials by cutting, filing, hammering, turning, spinning, bending, casting, folding and linking using specialised hand and power tools and equipment
  • assemble articles using soldering, screwing, riveting and other joining methods
  • finish articles using files, emery paper, buffing machines or other appropriate tools and equipment
  • secure gemstones in settings
  • engrave designs on ring settings, brooches, bracelets and other articles
  • repair jewellery by soldering, replacing or rebuilding worn or broken parts
  • remodel old jewellery
  • sell jewellery direct to the public or to retail jewellery shops.

Working conditions for a Jeweller

Jewellers may work using mass production techniques and machinery, concentrating on one part of the work, or as more highly skilled craftspeople producing an entire piece from beginning to end.

Employment Opportunities for a Jeweller

Jewellers may work for manufacturing firms. Many run their own jewellery business and sell direct to the public or supply work to galleries on commission or at wholesale prices. Most job opportunities for jewellers are in capital cities, followed by larger country centres. Competition for apprenticeships is very strong, with a limited number offered each year.

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 6.7%

NSW 36.7%

NT 0%

QLD 14.4%

SA 1.7%

TAS 5.5%

VIC 19.9%

WA 15.2%

Hours worked:

46

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 52.4%

Proportion of female workers 47.7%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 18.2%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 75.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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