Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+1.4% (little or no change)


What Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers Do

Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems.

Other Job Titles Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers May Have

Bench Jeweler, Goldsmith, Jeweler, Silversmith

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Owner ,

Wabi-Sabi Metal Studio

I make every component of a jewelry piece by hand. Any commission work I get goes to the front of my queue. Someone may contact me or come into my studio and request a piece of jewelry. We'll talk about the design and details of the piece. I'll give a price for it and start working on it. If I don't have any commissions, I'm always building pieces for inventory. I think about the next show that's coming up, decide what inventory I want, and then get to work. I also teach classes in the evenings.

Jewelry maker ,

My mom and I will find bits and pieces online on eBay, Etsy or oriental trading or we will find them at different craft stores. We sit down and brainstorm or look at suggestions others have given us and then we start crafting.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
  • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • 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.

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