What does a Jeweler and Metal Worker do?
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A jeweler and metal worker each have a specialized area of work, but they are involved in the manufacture, design, and selling of jewelry. In addition, they appraise jewelry and gems, as well as repair and adjust jewelry.
Many jeweler and metal workers are self-employed and work from home and spend weekends at trade and craft shows to sell their products. Those that are employed, work in manufacturing plants, repair shops, and jewelry stores.
How to Become a Jeweler and Metal Worker
Jewelers and metal workers typically require a high school diploma or the equivalent as many jewelers receive on-the-job training. The length of training depends on the difficulty of the speciality. There are trade schools that have courses that provide additional education on computer-aided design (CAD), gems and metals, and repair.
Some courses teach design setting, casting, and polish as well as the care of tools and equipment of the jewelry trade. These programs may be advantageous for seeking employment as they last 6 months to 1 year and employers favor candidates that requires less on-the-job training. The Gemological Institute of America graduates many gemologists and they usually require a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Job Description of a Jeweler and Metal Worker
Tasks of jewelers and metal workers may vary depending on the specialized area they work in. For example, some may be precious metal workers, gemologists, jewelry appraisers, and bench jewelers. However, all typically use precious metals and stones to create jewelry. They need to grade and examine gems and diamonds along with polish and cleaning jewelry using special tools and methods like polishing wheels and chemical baths.
For clients, they may repair jewelry, reset stones, and alter ring sizes. To create jewelry, they may shape metal to hold gems in place and may solder pieces together and insert stones. They cast new pieces in metal after modeling them with carved wax or using computer-aided design. Jewelers and metal workers determine labor and material costs for repairs or the cost of new jewelry.