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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 140 $43,610
Hoover 140 $43,610
Mobile 40 $35,980
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 200 $37,030
Mesa 200 $37,030
Phoenix 200 $37,030
Tucson 30 $29,790
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway N/A $58,670
North Little Rock N/A $58,670
Little Rock N/A $58,670
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1570 $32,780
Long Beach 1570 $32,780
Los Angeles 1570 $32,780
San Francisco 430 $41,730
Hayward 430 $41,730
Oakland 430 $41,730
Carlsbad 280 $34,190
San Diego 280 $34,190
Watsonville 40 $30,610
Santa Cruz 40 $30,610
Riverside N/A $28,510
San Bernardino N/A $28,510
Ontario N/A $28,510
Santa Clara N/A $29,860
San Jose N/A $29,860
Sunnyvale N/A $29,860
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boulder 60 $35,850
Fort Collins 40 $25,420
Lakewood N/A $28,340
Denver N/A $28,340
Aurora N/A $28,340
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 410 $36,560
Miami 410 $36,560
West Palm Beach 410 $36,560
Tampa 160 $38,960
Clearwater 160 $38,960
St. Petersburg 160 $38,960
Jacksonville 120 $36,840
Brent 40 $37,590
Ferry Pass 40 $37,590
Pensacola 40 $37,590
Vero Beach 30 $41,380
Sebastian 30 $41,380
Kissimmee N/A $19,890
Orlando N/A $19,890
Sanford N/A $19,890
Titusville N/A $23,560
Melbourne N/A $23,560
Palm Bay N/A $23,560
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 190 $50,040
Sandy Springs 190 $50,040
Atlanta 190 $50,040
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 130 $33,510
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 160 $46,520
Carmel 160 $46,520
Indianapolis 160 $46,520
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 50 $47,380
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie N/A $24,160
New Orleans N/A $24,160
Baton Rouge N/A $34,250
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland N/A $28,860
Portland N/A $28,860
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $33,010
Columbia N/A $33,010
Baltimore N/A $33,010
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 390 $33,880
Warren 390 $33,880
Detroit 390 $33,880
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester N/A $24,680
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln N/A $40,570
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 60 $35,620
Henderson 60 $35,620
Las Vegas 60 $35,620
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 180 $26,830
Santa Fe 40 $34,910
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 200 $42,940
Buffalo 180 $40,120
Niagara Falls 180 $40,120
Cheektowaga 180 $40,120
Syracuse 70 $33,870
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Durham 30 $32,470
Chapel Hill 30 $32,470
Raleigh N/A $29,530
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dayton 70 $54,380
Columbus 60 $39,280
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City N/A $38,470
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 180 $53,240
Lancaster N/A $36,440
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas N/A $17,960
Carolina N/A $17,960
San Juan N/A $17,960
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 60 $55,790
Charleston 60 $55,790
Mauldin 30 $51,280
Anderson 30 $51,280
Greenville 30 $51,280
Spartanburg N/A $29,950
Columbia N/A $32,660
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 100 $30,560
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 50 $43,220
Franklin N/A $37,170
Murfreesboro N/A $37,170
Davidson N/A $37,170
Nashville N/A $37,170
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1290 $44,650
Fort Worth 1290 $44,650
Dallas 1290 $44,650
Austin 360 $30,910
Round Rock 360 $30,910
San Antonio 210 $39,500
New Braunfels 210 $39,500
Sugar Land N/A $26,680
The Woodlands N/A $26,680
Houston N/A $26,680
Killeen N/A $28,020
Temple N/A $28,020
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Provo 50 $41,500
Orem 50 $41,500
Salt Lake City N/A $24,110
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 30 $43,690
Burlington 30 $43,690
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond N/A $33,560
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 190 $49,760
Bellevue 190 $49,760
Tacoma 190 $49,760
Spokane Valley 50 $44,500
Spokane 50 $44,500
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 100 $40,930
Waukesha 100 $40,930
Milwaukee 100 $40,930
Madison 60 $35,320

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

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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