Jewelry designers take metal and gemstones and create rings, necklaces, earrings and other jewelry. Hand tools are needed to make the jewelry. Computers are becoming more common to design the pieces. Lasers are being used for delicate work. Many jewelers also own their own stores to sell and repair jewelry.
Jewelry designers are often self-employed. The work requires attention to details.
Jewelry designers can earn $25,000 to $50,000 per year or more.
Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study
The precise and delicate nature of jewelry work requires finger and hand dexterity, good hand-eye coordination, patience and concentration. Artistic ability and fashion consciousness are major assets.
Other skilled workers who do similar jobs include dental laboratory technicians, hand engravers, and watch makers.
Education & Training
Jewelers' skills usually are learned in vocational or technical schools, through correspondence courses, or informally on the job. Colleges and art and design schools also offer programs that can lead to a bachelor's or master's degree of fine arts in jewelry design.
Employment opportunities should be excellent, reflecting current shortages in the occupation and the need to replace jewelers who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons.
Sources for Additional Information
Gemological Institute of America
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Jewelers of America
1185 Avenue of the Americas, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10036