Jewelers and Jewelry Repairers

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Jewelers create, either from their own design or from one by a design specialist, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry out of gold, silver, or platinum. Jewelry repairers alter ring sizes, reset stones, and refashion old jewelry. Restringing beads and stones, resetting clasps and hinges, and mending breaks in ceramic and metal pieces also are aspects of jewelry repair. A few jewelers are also trained as gemologists, who examine, grade, and evaluate gems, or gem cutters, who cut, shape, and polish gemstones. Many jewelers also repair watches and clocks. Bench jewelers typically are employees of jewelry retailers. Their responsibilities include jewelry cleaning and repair as well as some design work. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are about 25,270 jewelers and precious stone and metal workers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bench Jewelers, Gem and Diamond Workers, Gem Cutters, Gemologists, Jewelry Artists, Jewelry Engravers, Laboratory Graders, Silversmiths, Watchmakers
Duties Design, make, sell, or repair jewelry
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York, California, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey employ the largest number of workers
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Technical/Shop
Experience One to two years' experience as an assistant
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Bonded status; background or credit check
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Jewelry Design Company or Jewelry Store
  • Lead Designer/Manager
  • Designer/Jeweler
  • Bench Jeweler, or Jeweler's Assistant, or Sales Associate