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Fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.

    Work Activities
    • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
    • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
    • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
    • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
    • Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
    • Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
    • Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
    • Mark and drill holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
    • Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
    • Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
    • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
    • Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds in order to cast models of jewelry.
    • Cut, shape, and smooth gemstones, pearls, and metal pieces, using abrasives, grinding stones, and power and hand tools.
    • Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
    • Remove mold castings from metal or jewelry workpieces, and place workpieces in water or on trays to cool.
    • Determine appraised values of diamonds and other gemstones based on price guides, market fluctuations, and stone grades and rarity.
    • Alter existing jewelry mountings in order to reposition jewels or to adjust mountings.
    • Grade stones based on their color, perfection, and quality of cut.
    • Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
    • Write or modify design specifications such as the metal contents and weights of items.
    • Create new jewelry designs and modify existing designs, using computers as necessary.
    • Examine gemstone surfaces and internal structures to evaluate genuineness, quality, and value, using polariscopes, refractometers, and other optical instruments.
    • Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
    • Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
    • Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
    • Place metal samples in frames, pack raw rubber around samples, and clamp samples, frames, and rubber into vulcanizing machines.
    • Fabricate, modify, or repair jigs, fixtures, and hand tools such as scrapers, cutters, gougers, and shapers.
    • Assemble and secure mold sections used to cast metal articles and pieces.
    • Mark, engrave, or emboss designs on metal pieces such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following specifications.
    • Cut designs in molds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewelry products.
    • Design and fabricate molds, models, and machine accessories, and modify hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
    • Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties in order to develop new products or modify existing designs.
    • Melt and roll out metal into sheets or bars, and stamp out jewelry such as gold and silver chains, using presses or dies.
    • Build sand molds in flasks, following patterns and heat flasks to dry and harden molds, using furnaces or torches.
    • Rotate molds in order to distribute molten material and prevent formation of air pockets.
    • Immerse gemstones in chemical solutions to determine specific gravity and other key properties necessary for identification and appraisal.
    • Remove molds from cast articles, clean them, and apply shellac and powder to preserve them for reuse.
    • Burn grooves or crevices in molds in order to correct defects, using soldering guns.
    • Press models into clay, and build up clay around exposed parts of models to retain plaster.
    • Chase decorative designs on silver blanks that are to be used as models for steel production dies.
    Skills
    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Operations Analysis

      Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,000/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.35/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Innovation
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Tweezers
    • Tumblers or polishers
    • Ring sizers
    • Jewellers pliers
    • Hammers
    Technology
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.