Precious metals

7 Job profiles in total for Precious metals

Diamond cutters work with rough diamonds, but they also restore diamonds found in antique jewellery. Photo: Holts Academy

Diamond Cutter

Diamond cutters take a rough diamond and use a variety of techniques to form it into a traditional diamond for jewellery.

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.

Your work as gemmologist can include identifying and grading different gems and evaluating various characteristics. Photo: Holts Academy


Gemmology is the study of gemstones, from precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds to semi-precious stones such as amethyst and topaz.

As a goldsmith, you will need to be someone who takes pleasure in practical work and enjoys working with their hands. Photo: Holts Academy


Goldsmiths specialise in working with precious metals, particularly gold.

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.

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