What does a Jeweler and Precious Stone and Metal Worker do?
Jeweler and precious stone and metal workers 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, repairing and adjusting jewelry. They may work many hours from a work bench using chemicals and tools.
Many jewelers and precious stone 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 Precious Stone and Metal Worker
Jewelers and precious stone 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 with introduction on topics, including computer-aided design (CAD), gems and metals, and repair.
Some courses teach design setting, casting and polishing gems and jewelry and 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 the candidate that requires less on-the-job training. The Gemological Institute of America graduates many gemologist and usually require a High School Diploma or the equivalent.
Job Description of a Jeweler and Precious Stone and Metal Worker
The duties of a jeweler and precious stone and metal worker may vary depending on the specialized area they work in, such as, precious metal workers, gemologist, jewelry appraisers, and bench jewelers. However, they typically use precious metals and stones to create jewelry. They need to grade and examine gems and diamonds. They have the duties of polishing and cleaning jewelry using special tools and methods like polishing wheels and chemical baths.
He or she must repair jewelry, reset stones, and alter ring sizes, as well as, smooth rough spots and joints and polish smoothed areas. Jeweler and precious stone and metal workers would determine labor and material costs for repairs or new jewelry. They cast new pieces in metal after modeling them with carved wax or using computer-aided design. He or she shapes metal to hold gems in place in a piece of jewelry and may solder pieces together and insert stones.