Jewellery Designers design, manufacture, and often make jewellery using specialized equipment and a variety of materials, including gold, silver, and precious stones, gems, and crystals. Most Jewellery Designers are self-employed, although they may work for jewellery manufacturing companies or retail stores.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Jewellery Designers are required to complete.
- Designing jewellery using various techniques and computer programs, such as 3D-modelling, computer-aided design (CAD), 3D construction, and other similar techniques:
- Sketching, creating, and drawing designs or models using CAD programs or more traditional methods.
- Creating and fabricating precious and semi-precious jewellery, such as rings, brooches, earrings, pendants, bracelets, and lockets, using a variety of materials:
- Carving wax or shaping cheaper metal to make a model;
- preparing molds to cast metal;
- examining, cutting, shaping, and polishing precious, semi-precious, and synthetic stones, gems, and crystals, using optical instruments, lathes, and laps;
- making the framework for the piece of jewellery, which involves handling, forming, and drilling metal, as well as opening holes in which to place the selected gems;
- setting and mounting precious and semi-precious stones, gems, and crystals;
- welding, stamping, chasing, and engraving different metals, such as gold, silver, steel, among others; and
- polishing the piece once it’s finished, prior to delivery.
- Repairing different pieces of jewellery:
- Adjusting ring sizes;
- welding broken pieces back together;
- resetting stones; and
- fixing or replacing broken mountings or clasps.
- Liaising with existing and prospective customers to talk about their desires and requirements:
- Discussing the precise specifications and requirements for the jewellery that the customer wants designed;
- presenting sample designs and ideas to the customer; and
- recommending several options or alternatives.
- Building a network of customers, vendors, and suppliers:
- Boosting their reputation by entering competitions and attending craft and trade fairs, as well as consulting with galleries and store buyers.
- Keeping up-to-date on the latest market trends and techniques, as well as finding the best quality materials:
- Exploring and evaluating new and emerging trends by going to stores, scouring the internet and magazines, and traveling to trade fairs or shows.
- Organizing, procuring, and maintaining materials.
- Using a variety of materials to design and create accessories for the ears, neck, hands, fingers, feet, and toes.
- Mounting, casting, stamping, chasing, setting stones, and polishing different pieces of jewellery.
- Repairing and appraising jewellery.
- Meeting with the client to discuss their desires and requirements.
- Building a network of clients, vendors, and suppliers.
- Keeping up-to-date on the latest trends.
The average Jewellery Designer salary is $48,331 per year or $25 per hour. This is around 1.5 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $34,000 while most experienced workers make up to $68,000. These results are based on 4 salaries extracted from job descriptions.