Fabricates and repairs jewelry articles. Makes models or molds to create jewelry items.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Smooths soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polishes smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
- Positions stones and metal pieces, and sets, mounts, and secures items in place, using setting and hand tools.
- Creates jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
- Makes repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
- Cleans and polishes metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
- Selects and acquires metals and gems for designs.
- Computes costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
- Marks and drills holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
- Examines assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
- Constructs preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and forms sample castings in molds.