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Jewelers

Jewelers design, make, repair and sell jewelry. They work in design and craft studios, retail stores, factories and repair shops. They use silver, gold, diamonds an other types of metals and gems. Some jewelers are artists that design jewelry. In retail stores master jewelers often interact with customers and perform sales duties.

Some jewelers specialize in setting stones or restyling and repairing old jewelry. Some employees in jewelry shops primarily repair jewelry and watches. Gem cutters cut diamonds and other precious gems and synthetic gems.

Jewelers make jewelry or they have other people make it for them. Jewelry crafts people often produce jewelry by using the design specifications of another jeweler. Some jewelry is produced by using assembly line methods. Some factory made jewelry includes some hand finishing.

Jewelry crafts people use a variety of hand and machine tools. Some master jewelers utilize electronic machinery such as automated tools and lasers. They use special magnifying glasses to see details when they are making intricate pieces. Custom made jewelry pieces usually require a lot of handwork.

Bench jewelers perform a wide range of tasks in retail stores or in a manufacturing environment. They clean, repair or mold pieces based on a concept or requirements from clients. They may also do engraving.

Jewelry repairers fix bracelets, earrings, necklaces, watches and other items. They reset stones and adjust or repair settings. They also replace missing or broken stones and they resize rings.

Jewelry appraisers need advanced knowledge of gems and settings. They need to be aware of current market value. Jewelry pieces are priced by type, condition and style. A jewelry appraiser needs to determine the quality of the piece. They use reference books, price lists, auction catalogs and the Internet. Jewelry appraisers are often gemologists and work for jewelry retail stores, appraisal companies, pawnbrokers, insurance companies and auction houses.

Gemologists have advanced knowledge of gemstones including their value and characteristics. They identify, analyze, grade, describe and certify the value and quality of stones. Many jewelers study to be a gemologist in order to identify the type and quality of stones.

Responsibilities

  • Make necklaces, rings, earrings and other jewelry
  • Cut and shape metal into jewelry pieces
  • Develop drawings to see how a piece of jewelry will look
  • Reshape, restyle and repair jewelry pieces
  • Form model of item from wax or metal by using carving tools
  • Enlarge or reduce the size of rings
  • Remove stains from jewelry
  • Form molds for making jewelry
  • Pour molten metal into molds
  • Operate centrifugal casting machine to cast article

Job Characteristics

A jeweler should be detailed oriented, have good finger and hand dexterity, good hand-eye coordination and they need to be able to work with precision. Artistic ability is important for the occupation. Those working in retail stores may talk with customers regarding custom design work or repairs and perform sales duties. Jewelers that work in repair shops typically work alone.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers has been forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be 5 percent from 2008 to 2018 which is more slowly than the average for all occupations. Most jewelry is imported and continued growth of imported jewelry will limit demand for workers, especially for low-skilled workers. However, demand for bench jewelers is expected to growth due to the demand for more customized jewelry.

In 2008 the median annual earnings for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers was $32,940. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $55,130. Jewelers that work in retail stores may earn commissions for jewelry sold.

Graduates of training programs for jewelers or gemologists and for individuals with training in CAD/CAM will have the best employment opportunities in jewelry stores and repair shops.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 approximately 54 percent of jewelers and precious stone and metal workers were self-employed. Many of them operate their own store or repair shop. Some individuals specialize in designing and creating custom jewelry.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Jewelers usually learn their craft on the job or by taking classes at a vocational school. Some vocational schools offer training designed for jewelers. Formal training is often helpful for obtaining a job. The classes teach students on subjects such as using tools and equipment, stone polishing, shop theory, repair techniques and gem stones and settings. Some students, especially those that want to repair jewelry, take advanced math courses.

Vocational schools provide programs for individuals seeking to work in retail stores and repair shops. These programs last from 6 months to a year. Those working in jewelry manufacturing facilities typically acquire their skills via on-the-job training and informal apprenticeships which usually last for about one year.

Some jewelers take fine arts classes and some earn a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in fine arts with an emphasis in jewelry design. Some colleges and universities provide coursework in gemology. In addition, computer-aided design is becoming increasingly important to retail jewelers, thus coursework in the subject may be useful.

The Jewelers Association of America provides several certificates including the Certified Master Bench Jeweler and the Certified Bench Jeweler Technician. Certification is not necessary, however it may be helpful in getting a job.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are retail stores, repair shops, and jewelry and silverware manufacturing firms.

Schools for Jewelers And Precious Stone And Metal Workers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 140 $44,580
Hoover 140 $44,580
Mobile 50 $34,950
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale N/A $43,110
Mesa N/A $43,110
Phoenix N/A $43,110
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway N/A $59,700
North Little Rock N/A $59,700
Little Rock N/A $59,700
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1720 $29,920
Long Beach 1720 $29,920
Los Angeles 1720 $29,920
Ontario 400 $26,820
San Bernardino 400 $26,820
Riverside 400 $26,820
Oakland 290 $45,900
Hayward 290 $45,900
San Francisco 290 $45,900
Carlsbad 270 $39,410
San Diego 270 $39,410
Santa Cruz 30 $34,110
Watsonville 30 $34,110
Santa Clara N/A $44,410
Sunnyvale N/A $44,410
San Jose N/A $44,410
Fresno N/A $47,630
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boulder 80 $36,400
Colorado Springs 30 $46,760
Lakewood N/A $29,310
Denver N/A $29,310
Aurora N/A $29,310
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 430 $34,710
Fort Lauderdale 430 $34,710
Miami 430 $34,710
Sanford 140 $28,570
Orlando 140 $28,570
Kissimmee 140 $28,570
St. Petersburg 100 $37,620
Tampa 100 $37,620
Clearwater 100 $37,620
Pensacola 60 $35,640
Ferry Pass 60 $35,640
Brent 60 $35,640
Titusville 40 $24,360
Melbourne 40 $24,360
Palm Bay 40 $24,360
Bradenton 40 $33,890
Sarasota 40 $33,890
North Port 40 $33,890
Winter Haven 30 $34,010
Lakeland 30 $34,010
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 290 $45,340
Sandy Springs 290 $45,340
Atlanta 290 $45,340
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 200 $38,440
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 40 $46,080
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson N/A $44,960
Carmel N/A $44,960
Indianapolis N/A $44,960
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita N/A $50,220
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 80 $32,660
Metairie N/A $23,210
New Orleans N/A $23,210
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 70 $32,090
Portland 70 $32,090
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 190 $48,920
Columbia 190 $48,920
Baltimore 190 $48,920
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 250 $27,920
Detroit 250 $27,920
Warren 250 $27,920
Wyoming 120 $44,440
Grand Rapids 120 $44,440
Kalamazoo 30 $36,230
Portage 30 $36,230
Flint N/A $38,240
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 60 $31,480
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 70 $37,120
Henderson 70 $37,120
Las Vegas 70 $37,120
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 280 $27,350
Santa Fe 40 $38,640
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Buffalo 180 $43,780
Niagara Falls 180 $43,780
Cheektowaga 180 $43,780
Rochester 160 $43,600
Syracuse 50 $35,810
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 90 $26,150
Asheville 60 $35,890
Morganton 30 $48,610
Lenoir 30 $48,610
Hickory 30 $48,610
Durham N/A $34,720
Chapel Hill N/A $34,720
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 90 N/A
Elyria 90 N/A
Toledo 30 $34,240
Akron N/A $44,010
Dayton N/A $55,090
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 100 $42,610
Tulsa 30 $41,840
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Redmond 30 $35,210
Bend 30 $35,210
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 130 $45,540
Hanover 30 $36,250
York 30 $36,250
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 60 $25,370
Mauldin 40 $35,730
Anderson 40 $35,730
Greenville 40 $35,730
Charleston N/A $58,730
North Charleston N/A $58,730
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 60 $31,880
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville N/A $42,820
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1280 $43,670
Dallas 1280 $43,670
Fort Worth 1280 $43,670
Austin 430 $33,310
Round Rock 430 $33,310
San Antonio 200 $35,780
New Braunfels 200 $35,780
El Paso N/A $29,310
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Orem 30 $32,490
Provo 30 $32,490
Salt Lake City N/A $30,780
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 30 $31,760
Burlington 30 $31,760
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 80 $33,610
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Spokane Valley 50 $45,820
Spokane 50 $45,820
Bremerton N/A $32,210
Silverdale N/A $32,210
Tacoma N/A $51,730
Seattle N/A $51,730
Bellevue N/A $51,730
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 40 $38,960
West Allis N/A $55,190
Milwaukee N/A $55,190
Waukesha N/A $55,190

Most Popular Industries for :
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Clothing Stores 11,020 45% $35,850
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 7,930 32% $31,790
Durable Goods Wholesale 2,970 12% $28,680
Maintenance And Repair 930 3% $25,260
Professional And Technical Services 670 2% $24,530
Banking And Credit 320 1% $30,890
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