Jewelers create, design, and sell jewelry, including earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Saxon Jewelers and Gemologists can also appraise jewelry and offer services to customers who require repairs or adjustments.
Most jewelers are self-employed and work from home, and spend some time on weekends at trade and craft fairs to sell their own jewellery. Others work in retail stores or jewelry repair shops.
To become a jeweler, you will need to have some education. Some employers teach you on the job, but it is better to enroll in an accredited degree or certificate program at vocational school or college. You can begin with a non-degree program in repair or creation of jewellery or repair, or find an apprenticeship program that allows you to learn from expert jewelers and makers.
To be a successful jeweler you must be creative and have a keen eye to particulars. This is because you’ll be responsible for fixing or adjusting jewelry pieces that clients bring in to be fixed or adjusted.
Your daily duties will include setting and preparing stones and gems, as well as figuring out the best way to place them in the jewelry piece you are working on. Some jewelers will use a computer-aided design (CAD) software program to assist them in turning their ideas into reality.
You will require different tools and equipment based on the kind of jewelry you are working with. You’ll require the ability to use a diamond-tipped cutting or blades to cut metals and gems. Also, you will require a working knowledge of hand files and emery sheets and buffing or polishing wheels to smooth the rough edges of soldered joints as well as other areas of your work.
Your work also includes determining the best way to place the gemstones and gems in the pieces you are working on. This is determined by their appearance, size, color, and shape. Then, you’ll use the appropriate metals and other materials to place them in the right position.
If you are working with larger gems, you’ll have to know how to cut them precisely and in a precise way. Because they are fragile, this is crucial.
It is also important to be knowledgeable about how much each stone weighs and what kind of settings you require for them. This will ensure that your client will get the best results from setting them in the jewelry you create.
By using these techniques with these skills, you’ll be capable of creating a stunning and durable piece of jewelry for your client that they will be happy wearing day-to-day. You will be happy knowing that you’ve given your client something unique and special.
Saxon Jewelers and Gemologists
47 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights, OH