Making jewellery

13 Job profiles in total for Making jewellery

Bench jewellers may be employed by a jewellery companies or shops to carry out repairs. Photo: Holts Academy

Bench jeweller

Bench jewellers are skilled craft workers who create and/or repair pieces of jewellery using a variety of materials and techniques.

The size and type of company will determine how involved you become in the production of the jewellery. Photo: Holts Academy

CAD/CAM designer

CAD/CAM designers use CAD (computer-aided design) to produce jewellery designs and CAM (computer-aided manufacture) to create a product.

Casting can be used to make a whole piece of jewellery or component parts. Photo: Holts Academy

Casting Technician

Casting involves pouring molten metal into a mould and allowing it to solidify. Casting technicians work with a range of metals to produce jewellery pieces.

The setting for the diamond depends on its size and shape and the effect required for the finished piece of jewellery. Photo: Holts Academy

Diamond Setter

Diamond setters add diamonds to pieces of jewellery such as rings, bracelets and earrings.

Metals used for enamelling include gold, silver, copper, steel, cast iron and platinum. Photo: Holts Academy


Enamelling involves the fusing of glass by heat onto a metal surface to create coloured decoration.

As an engraver you might work for a jewellery company or gold or silversmithing company. Many engravers are self-employed. They often take w


Engraving involves the cutting of a design into the surface metal of a piece of jewellery.

Some jewellery designers are jewellery makers as well and others produce the designs for someone else to make.  Photo: Holts Academy

Jewellery designer

A jewellery designer designs pieces of jewellery. Some designers are jewellery makers as well, while others produce designs for others to make.

Mounters use a range of tools including saw frames, hammers, pliers and gas torches. Photo: Holts Academy

Jewellery mounter

Mounters make the framework of a piece of jewellery, in which stones can be set. The mounter has to create a piece of jewellery which is ready and suitable for the setter to place the stone in.

To work in jewellery plating, you need to be interested in metal and metal processes. Photo: Holts Academy

Jewellery plating

Jewellery platers coat (or ‘plate’) pieces of jewellery with a thin coating of metal. Plating can be applied to newly-created pieces of jewellery or reapplied to older pieces where the plating has become dull or worn.

Polishing precious metals is highly skilled work. Photo: Holts Academy


Once a piece of jewellery has been made, it needs finishing and polishing. Finishing involves a number of creative techniques.

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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