What does a Manufacturing Jeweller do?
Jewellers can be involved in designing, making or selling
a wide range and type of jewellery, from precious metals
and gems to lower cost fashion accessories.
The crafts used in making jewellery include stone
cutting and setting, enamelling, engraving or carving,
chain making, cleaning, polishing and colouring.
They also include:
- casting - making items
from pre-shaped moulds
- die sinking and stamping -
making a patterned die from which stampings can be
- chasing - creating a raised pattern on a metal
- electro-plating - depositing a layer of
precious metal on a base metal
- wire working - the
preparation of twisted or coiled wire to produce a
broken line or to give delicacy to an edge.
manufacturing jewellers work on their own, specialising
in different trades, but all rely on each other for the
production of a final product. There is a growing trend
for newly qualified jewellers to design and produce their
own work for sale direct to shops, galleries and direct to
What's the working environment like working as a Manufacturing Jeweller?
Jewellers usually work 39- to 40-hour week, Mondays to
Fridays. Overtime working is possible and part-time work
Jewellers work in factories,
workshops or studios. Conditions can be noisy, dusty
and hot. Some of the crafts involved can involve sitting
at a workbench for long periods and working with forges
or machine tools. Protective clothing may be required.
What does it take to become a Manufacturing Jeweller?
To be a manufacturing jeweller, you should:
artistic and creative with an appreciation of colour,
texture and pattern
- have good practical skills and be
able to work with fine, delicate designs and materials
- have an aptitude for crafts
- have good eyesight
with glasses or contact lenses, if worn
- be patient
and able to pay attention to detail
- be aware of
- be able to market your own work (for
freelance jewellers), negotiate with suppliers and buyers
and organise the administrative and financial side of the
- have a genuine interest in precious metals,
gemstones and jewellery.
Manufacturing Jeweller Career Opportunities
The majority of manufacturing jewellers are based in
London and Birmingham. Whilst London is the main
centre for precious jewellery, Birmingham is known for
both precious jewellery and fashion jewellery
production. Most jewellery makers are small businesses,
employing only a few people.
limited, as there has been a drop in the number of
people employed in recent years.
jewellers are self-employed ‘jobbing jewellers’, taking in
repair work from shops. Many specialise in specific crafts,
for example polishing. Others work as ‘outworkers’ for
manufacturers and/or undertake private commissions.
These outworkers may be based anywhere in the
Facts and Stats:
- 4,076,000 people work in manufacturing in the UK, making it the nation''s top occupation
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