Jewelry careers are not only fun, but can be lucrative. Are you interested in a career in the jewelry industry?
If yes, then this page was written just for you.
One of the most interesting aspects of choosing a career in the jewelry industry is the many option available. Choosing a training path will depend on your specific goals. It is important to spend some time defining your life-time goals and analyzing your own temperament and abilities. This will save you a lot of aggravation in the long run and will also support you future success.
You may ant to start by enrolling in a metal fabrication class at a local community college or taking a variety of workshops that can spark you specific talents and interest. I have found that many times the professors that teach this classes are great mentors and guides.
You may also want to spend some time talking to people in the different areas before you decide what are the best jewelry careers for you.
The following are just some jewelry career options to get you started.
Metalsmith (gold and/or silver): In this specialty you can work with a variety of materials including metals, knowledge of construction and fabrication techniques is at the core of the practice. You can work for a jewelry manufacturing company, or or/and for yourself. Many metalsmith artist work independently and they market their work through their own store or through galleries and jewelry stores.
Jewelry Manufacturer: You will have the opportunity to develop and manufacture a jewelry line that can be anything from anything from small production to mass production runs. You can design your own line or manufacture other people’s designs.
Custom Order Jeweler: In this capacity you will work directly with the costumer to design and fabricate one of a kind pieces of art jewelry. This is a highly specialized area that requires knowledge of jewelry making fabrication techniques, as well as costumer service and marketing strategies.
Artist Jeweler: When the artistic endeavor is of high importance you this is the niche to pursue. It is an area encompasses design, fabrication and handcrafting techniques. It is probably the most risk-taking area of the industry and will require patience to build follower and a curriculum vitae.
Jewelry Craft Artist: A jewelry craft artist usually concentrates in marketing and selling through craft fairs and gallery-stores. Many jewelry crafters create small lines of handcrafted pieces. This area requires time commitment and some out of town travel in order to attend the different craft fairs
Fashion Jeweler: In this capacity you can design and manufacturw jewelry that is closely linked to the fashion industry. It requires a strong knowledge in public relations, marketing, design, and business. This can be a very lucrative career.
Designer: As a designer you will in charge of creating jewelry renderings, drawings, models or even wax originals. It can be done by hand sketching or by using Cad software. Designers may be employed by a company or be self employed and do contract work. General knowledge of fabrication is even though you may not be manufacturing the actual pieces.
Jewelry Craft Artist: A jewelry crafter who markets through craft fairs and gallery-stores. Many crafters create a line of hand-made, unique or low production run pieces.
Production Bench Worker: a goldsmith who specializes in production work.
Repair person: specializes in repairs. This is often the way that many jewelers start and learn about the industry.
Stone-setter: This is probably one of the most secure employed positions in the jewelry industry. Stone-setters are very respected and paid.
Store Owner/Manager: This is probably one of the most profitable career areas in the jewelry industry. It requires strong business knowledge and start-up money.
Gemologist: As a gemologist you will specialize in the Study of the various categories and varieties of gemstones, synthetic stones and imitation stones. Special gemology includes study on organic substances such as pearls, corals, amber etc.. to become a proper gemologist you need to get some some proper gemological training.
Appraiser: This can be an interesting career choice with ample opportunities working for both the jewelry and insurance industries.
These are just some jewelry career options to explore. I will be bringing you more specific information to support your journey!