Jeweller Kaihanga Taonga Rei

Jewellers design, make, alter and repair items such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Jewellers may do some or all of the following:

  • design jewellery
  • select metals and gems
  • melt and roll out metal
  • cut, bend and shape metal, or cast metal from a plaster mould
  • solder (join metals) and file and polish jewellery
  • make settings for gems, and set gems securely into pieces of jewellery
  • polish and clean jewellery once completed
  • estimate the value of jewellery, and determine gemstone value by colour, cut, clarity, gem variety and carat (weight)
  • sell jewellery in a retail shop.

Physical Requirements

Jewellers should have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for jewellers includes:

  • any work in the arts
  • work as a salesperson
  • draughting and design experience (including computer-aided design)
  • work as a jeweller's assistant
  • any metalwork experience.

Personal Qualities

Jewellers need to be:

  • creative
  • patient
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to solve problems
  • practical, with good technical and maths skills.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for jewellers includes:

  • any work in the arts
  • work as a salesperson
  • draughting and design experience (including computer-aided design)
  • work as a jeweller's assistant
  • any metalwork experience.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 1 English, maths and science is preferred. Art and design subjects are also useful.

Related Courses

Jewellers can earn around $34K-$60K per year per year.

Jewellers may progress to owning a business and employing staff. They usually specialise in one of the following areas:

Contemporary Jeweller
Contemporary jewellers generally haven't completed a formal apprenticeship, and work part time making one-off commissions or limited edition pieces. They often exhibit and sell their work in places like art galleries.
Manufacturing Jeweller
Manufacturing jewellers generally work in private manufacturing workshops or workshops at retail stores, where they produce lines of jewellery or one-offs for sale. They are-trade certified and must complete a formal apprenticeship.
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