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Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
    • Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
    • Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
    • Anneal precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
    • Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
    • Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
    • Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
    • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
    • Rotate molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
    • Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds in order to cast models of jewelry.
    • Shape and straighten damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
    • Rout out locations where parts are to be joined to items, using routing machines.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
    • Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
    • Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
    • 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.


    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Innovation
    • Initiative


    • Tweezers
    • Tumblers or polishers
    • Jewellers pliers
    • Hammers
    • Dapping punches


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    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Accounting software


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