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What They Do

Jewelers Career Video

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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bench Jeweler — Duties include stone setting; fabrication, refurbishing and repairs, sizing of rings, and metal polishing.
  • Earrings Fabricator
  • Gemologist
  • Goldsmith — Works with gold and other precious metals to create jewelry in their own design, as well as repair jewelry.