Studio jewellers are craft workers usually working as goldsmiths and silversmiths. They make ornamental objects out of precious metals, as well as other materials. Studio jewellers mainly use gold and silver in their work, but may also use platinum. Precious stones may also be incorporated into the jewellery created, although working with gemstones is often a separate job.
Studio jewellers are often freelancers or work in very small groups. They therefore have to carry out a large range of tasks from inception to completion such as:
- Initial design work
- Production processes
- Marketing and selling the individual work.
There are also specific functions that a studio jeweller carries out to make an individual item. These may include:
- Designing the drawings and preparing the prototypes to work from
- Casting – creating the basic shape of the piece by pouring molten metal into a mould
- Forging – determining the final shape of a piece by hammering and shaping using special tools
- Polishing and finishing a piece of work.