Tasks and duties

  • Examining gem surfaces and internal structures, using polariscopes, refractometers, microscopes and other optical instruments to differentiate between stones, to identify rare specimens, or to detect flaws, defects or peculiarities affecting gem values
  • Altering existing jewellery mountings in order to reposition jewels or to adjust mountings
  • Making complete jewellery articles such as rings, necklaces, bangles, brooches and bracelets from materials such as gold, silver, platinum and precious or semi-precious stones
  • Creating new jewellery designs and modifying existing designs, using computers as necessary
  • Cutting and polishing gems and setting them in jewellery articles
  • Casting jewellery and other non-ferrous metal articles by hand
  • Grinding, drilling and finishing jewel bearings for use in precision instruments such as compasses and chronometers
  • Engraving or embossing letters, designs or decorative lines on jewellery and precious metal ware
  • Examining assembled or finished products to ensure conformity with specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments
  • Cutting designs in moulds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewellery products
  • Repairing, reshaping and restyling old jewellery or precious metal ware following designs or instructions

    Skill level

    Semi-skilled
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