Retail assistants advise customers who are looking to buy jewellery. (Rose gold and enamel hearts by Tessa Holland.) Photo: Association for

Retail assistant

If you work in jewellery sales, you will normally work in a high street, shopping centre or out of town location.

Jo McAllister, Observer’s Rings, Collector’s Rings, fine silver, vintage camera lenses. Photo: Association for Contemporary Jewellery


Silversmiths and small-workers are skilled craftspeople who form large-scale items from silver and other precious metals

This 22ct gold plated silver 'cave treasure' ring designed by Ruth Wood contains cubic zirconia stones with facets cut into them. Image sent

Stone cutter/lapidary

A stone cutter, also known as a lapidary, cuts, shapes and polishes precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Beth Gilmour, jewellery designer.

Studio jeweller

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.

Watchmaking requires patience and discipline, as watches are precision-built on a small scale. Photo: Holts Academy


Watchmakers make and repair watches, clocks and other timepieces.

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