Jewellers can be involved in designing, making or selling a wide range of jewellery, from precious metals and gems to lower-cost fashion accessories. Retail jewellers work in shops, dealing directly with the public.
They sell jewellery, watches, clocks and silverware. Jewellers advise customers on the products available and help them to choose the most appropriate goods. They may also be responsible for arranging the displays in windows and show cabinets and some administration tasks.
Some retail jewellers undertake jewellery repairs and cleaning or develop additional skills and interests including the valuation of precious metals, jewellery, clocks and watches for insurance or sale purposes. They might also be involved in making minor items of jewellery.
Retail jewellers work 37 to 40 hours a week, including Saturday and sometimes Sunday. Retail work is particularly suitable for part-time work. There may be opportunities for overtime.
A smart appearance is required, so formal dress is usual.
To be a retail jeweller, you should:
There are jewellery retail outlets throughout the UK, although the number of people employed in the trade has fallen over the past few years. There is advice about finding vacancies on the JAITC website (see Further Information).
Promotion to supervisory and management positions may be possible in larger organisations. Those working in small organisations may have to change employers in order to progress. It is possible to become self-employed by owning a jewellery shop.
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