How to become a jeweler

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Jewelers are involved in the design, manufacture, repair, appraisal and sales of all forms of jewelry. They may work in a retail operation or a manufacturing company or be self-employed in a jewelry design business.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Jewelry Industry Publications
  • Workshop In Computer-aided Design (CAD) Programs
  • Fashion Magazines
  • Online Career Search

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take courses such as art, math, mechanical drawing and chemistry while you are in high school. Make certain you possess patience, good hand-eye coordination, artistic skills and fashion sense.

  2. 2

    Understand that, although you can learn a jeweler's skills through on-the-job training, employers prefer to hire previously trained employees.

  3. 3

    Check out the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers Web site (see mjsainc.com). It lists schools that offer jewelry design and manufacturing programs, workshops, distance education and fine arts college degrees.

  4. 4

    Send for several school catalogs and applications. Contact the schools that most interest you to see whether their programs include career assistance.

  5. 5

    Become proficient in the use of computer-aided design (CAD) programs if you want to design jewelry.

  6. 6

    Expect a training period in your first job after you have completed your classroom work.

Tips and warnings

  • In smaller stores, jewelers often have to be expert in all jewelry-related specialties. Be prepared for this by including several specialties in your school training.
  • A large investment is necessary to open a jewelry shop. If that is your eventual goal, make certain you receive excellent training in the business and marketing end of the field while you are in school.
  • Injuries can occur in manufacturing and repair shops due to misuse of tools.
  • Security precautions must always be in force wherever valuable gemstones are stored or sold.

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