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Jewellers design and make jewellery and small objects using a wide range of materials, including metals, stones, woods, plastics and fibres. FutureGrowthModerate

ANZSCO ID: 3994

Specialisations: Jewellers may specialise in making particular types of jewellery (such as rings) or in using specialised techniques (such as enamelling, engraving, anodising or casting).

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • enjoy artistic and creative work
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work carefully and accurately
  • creative design ability
  • enjoy making things
  • patience and perseverance.

Duties and Tasks

Jewellers may perform the following tasks: Jeweller selecting

  • create design drawings and specifications for wearable or three-dimensional objects
  • shape metal and other materials by cutting, filing, hammering, turning, spinning, bending, casting, folding and linking using specialised hand and power tools and equipment
  • assemble articles using soldering, screwing, riveting and other joining methods
  • finish articles using files, emery paper, buffing machines or other appropriate tools and equipment
  • secure gemstones in settings
  • engrave designs on ring settings, brooches, bracelets and other articles
  • repair jewellery by soldering, replacing or rebuilding worn or broken parts
  • remodel old jewellery
  • sell jewellery direct to the public or to retail jewellery shops.

 

Working Conditions

Jewellers may work using mass production techniques and machinery, concentrating on one part of the work, or as more highly skilled craftspeople producing an entire piece from beginning to end.

Education and training/entrance requirements

The jewellery tradesperson apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship. You can also complete an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery Design, offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Australia. Alternatively, you can complete a degree majoring in jewellery design.

Some universities in Australia offer relevant degrees.


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