Fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.
Related job titles:
Gemologist, Bench Jeweler, Jeweler, Goldsmith, Earrings Fabricator
Annual Median Wage: $34,030
Projected growth: Decline slowly or moderately (-3% to -9%)
Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
Mark and drill holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds in order to cast models of jewelry.
Cut, shape, and smooth gemstones, pearls, and metal pieces, using abrasives, grinding stones, and power and hand tools.
Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
Determine appraised values of diamonds and other gemstones based on price guides, market fluctuations, and stone grades and rarity.
Alter existing jewelry mountings in order to reposition jewels or to adjust mountings.
Grade stones based on their color, perfection, and quality of cut.
Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
Write or modify design specifications such as the metal contents and weights of items.
Create new jewelry designs and modify existing designs, using computers as necessary.
Examine gemstone surfaces and internal structures to evaluate genuineness, quality, and value, using polariscopes, refractometers, and other optical instruments.
Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
Fabricate, modify, or repair jigs, fixtures, and hand tools such as scrapers, cutters, gougers, and shapers.
Mark, engrave, or emboss designs on metal pieces such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following specifications.
Cut designs in molds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewelry products.
Design and fabricate molds, models, and machine accessories, and modify hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties in order to develop new products or modify existing designs.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Jewelers.