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A jeweller sells, designs or makes body adornments out of a variety materials including gold, silver and precious stones. These adornments can include earrings, bangles, necklaces, rings, brooches, cuff links and watches.
There are many career options for someone involved in jewellery, and many areas a jeweller may specialise in, including jewellery design, goldsmithing or silversmithing (a metalworker who specializes in working with gold, silver or other precious metals) and production bench work (an artisan who uses a combination of jewellery-making skills to make and repair jewellery including setting gems or resizing jewellery).
Other types of jewellers include a fashion jeweller where the jewellery tends to be mass produced, a custom order jeweller or a crafts jewellery maker who markets through craft fairs and gallery-stores, usually with a line of hand-made, unique or low production run pieces.
A jeweller may also work on the shop floor selling the jewellery and providing valuations. If not on the shop floor, a jeweller may work in a workshop, factory or studio.
A jeweller may be employed as a retail assistant in a chain store, they could also be employed by an independent store or there are opportunities for self employment.
A jeweller should have an interest in design and fashion, and be able to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends.
Salaries start at around £12,000 a year for a retail assistant. A jeweller working for a luxury retailer could expect to earn around £60,000 or more a year in a managerial position. A designers salary can vary greatly, potentially starting at around £15,000 a year and reaching over £50,000 for someone very successful.
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