Claire  Avery

Claire Avery

3D CAD Jewelry Designer


Austin, TX USA

They say that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. I wouldn't necessarily agree with that, because doing what you love can still be hard work, but it's worth it.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
High School Graduation, applied to only one college and was accepted.
Changed my major about 3 or 4 times.
Settled on a major, graduated college.
First job, in the jewelry field, but not doing what I wanted. Horrible boss.
2nd job, doing the same thing but better work environment. (Do not settle in a hostile work environment! )
Moved to a new state, got a job doing cad (finally).
Got a new job and a more stable job as a cad designer but was very tired of retail.
Over the years, I also took gemology classes. Finally landed a corporate job doing only cad!


High School
Northwood High School
Jewelry and Objects
Savannah College of Art and Design
Graduate Gemologist
Gemological Institute of America


3D CAD Jewelry Designer

I create 3D models that get 3D printed in wax, cast into metal, and finished into jewelry.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I have a pretty leisurely work day. I come in and work on assignments using rhino, matrix, 3d sprint, along with some other programs.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I started with an internship. Practice at home.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Jewelry and Objects
Graduate Gemologist


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You'll never be good enough to make money worth your art."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues