Goldsmith: A goldsmith can work with any material, knows construction, can work for someone else making jewellery or for oneself.
A Custom/Special Order Jeweller: may be employed and self employed and work directly with the public or within a trade shop. A custom order jeweller creates one-of-a-kind individualized work for a client. This is a job which combines skills in goldsmithing/wax/model making, design, rendering, psychology, pricing, selling and negotiating.
Artist Jewellers: are those who enjoy working by themselves. There are wide open niches in conceptual work and high end work.
A Fashion Jeweller: is a person who designs and makes jewellery and accessories for the fashion industry. It requires a flair for PR , design, audience understanding and good business sense.
Designer: a designer designs jewellery through drawings, models or even wax originals. May be employed by a company or self employed.
A Manufacturer: may be anyone from someone running a small production to mass production, from service work for others to marketing one’s designs online.
Crafts Jewellery Maker: A maker who markets through craft fairs and gallery-stores, usually with a line of hand-made, unique or low production run pieces.
Production Bench Worker: a goldsmith who specializes in production work, anything from running a punch press, to repetitive hand work.
Repair person: specializes in repairs. Often the best way of starting and learning jewellery skills and the basis of many a successful jewellery business.
Stonesetter: a good setter earns very well and is well respected.
Store Owner/Manager: this is where the income lies highest, at the retail end of the chain. It requires good business skills and hard work, commitment and a great deal of money to do. Many owners however came to this point from goldsmithing bench jobs originally.
Gemologist/Appraiser: usually an employed position. Training and equipment costs can be high. Diamonds are a specialized sub-section of gemology.
Hand Engraver: This profession has almost gone. It is not hard to learn, merely requiring a great deal of practice. A good hand engraver can make a lot of money in service work for the industry because of its rarity.
Model maker: a goldsmith specializing in making original metal models. Often an employed position it is the highest level of goldsmithing in many ways.
Silversmith: another almost extinct career but because of that some good options for independent service or original work, requires good marketing skills and training in Art School.
Other career options include Caster, Plater, Polisher and Teacher
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