Jewelry Designer

Jewelry designers make sell and repair jewelry. According to the website jewelry designers create wearable and decorative designs using various metals precious and semi-precious stones and sometimes materials such as paper and plastic. In some cases these designs may have religious or other symbolic meaning. Once a picture of the design is drawn or a rough model is crafted some jewelry designers actually make the piece themselves casting stamping pressing soldering and then polishing the final product. However they may pass the design to a design to a craftsperson that uses it as a model to manufacture the product. In some cases jewelry designers meet with a client to determine the client’s needs and desires for an expensive custom-made piece that will require a great deal of handiwork. Many jewelry designers work in retail shops but some have their own shops in which case they will have to make greater efforts to promote their products. According to the website jewelry designers must be high school graduates. Many attend six -month to two-year programs at technical schools to develop skills in stone setting and in how to use jewelry tools. To be marketable they typically need three years of on-the-job training. However some jewelry designers have bachelor’s degrees in fine arts. The job market for jewelry designers is competitive because many designs used for mass-produced jewelry are now being imported. The website says that annual salaries for jewelry designers range from approximately $25000 to $44000 with an average of $32000. However those with excellent skills earn not only a base salary if working in a retail store but also commissions based on how many pieces of jewelry they sell.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $34500
High Salary: $44000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Creates new jewelry designs.
Sells jewelry to stores or individuals.
Repairs jewelry.
Works with various types of metals and gemstones
Also Called: Jeweler
Gem Cutter
Jewelry Repairer
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