CAREER

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$41,900

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-10% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers Do

Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems.

Other Job Titles Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers May Have

Artist, Bench Jeweler, Caster, Earrings Fabricator, Gemologist, Goldsmith, Jeweler, Platinum Smith, Restoration Silversmith, Silversmith

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Jewelry maker ,

My mom and I will find bits and pieces online on eBay, Etsy or oriental trading or we will find them at different craft stores. We sit down and brainstorm or look at suggestions others have given us and then we start crafting.

3D CAD Jewelry Designer ,

Balfour

I have a pretty leisurely work day. I come in and work on assignments using rhino, matrix, 3d sprint, along with some other programs.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
  • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
  • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.

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