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Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith

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€18k > 60
Jewellery designer-maker
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 60
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Sells, designs, makes and repairs wearable and decorative or functional objects such as rings, earrings, necklaces, watches and tableware using using both precious and non-precious metals and stones, and other materials such as glass, plastic, paper and fabrics.

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Barry Doyle
Barry Doyle Design Jewellers is based in Dublin 2. Barry and Adrianne give an insight into how their handmade pieces differ from mass produced jewellery.
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The Work header image

Jewellers design and manufacture a wide variety of jewellery, silverware and cutlery products. They work with metals such as gold, silver and platinum and with precious stones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Craft jewellers also work with materials such as paper, wood, bone, ceramics and plastics. 
Most jewellers are self-employed. They work to commission, exhibit in galleries, and at retail trade fairs. They also design ranges of jewellery for production, work as curators, design consultants, lecturers and educators.

Jewellery designers typically begin their careers in industry, designing products for the mass market. They may look at the products their company already make and see how they can change them to suit new styles and trends. They may also be asked to design and develop new products. This usually involves the following:  

    • Looking at products made by their own and competitors' companies
    • Finding out if there are any new ways to make things, or new materials to make them with
    • Thinking about what kind of people are likely to buy the products

Jewellery designers may do this research themselves or with the help of marketing managers. They then prepare detailed drawings.  

Manufacturing jewellers work from these drawings to make the final products. Different companies use different methods of production. Some combine traditional and 'high-tech' methods. Others may use machines for all steps in the production process.

Training can be with an existing jeweller or a relevant Craft Design course.

Most 3rd level courses or apprenticeships are three to four years. If you want to specialise as a gold or silversmith additional training and experience is required.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


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.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Selling or Influencing Others: Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


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.


Sales and Marketing: Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


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


Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.


Management of Financial Resources: Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

A good jeweller/goldsmith is everything from a miniature sculptor to a mechanical engineer, making small intricate pieces that must fit together exactly. You will need in-depth knowledge of both traditional and modern production methods.  
Patience, a good eye for detail and an enjoyment of putting things together would be criteria for a prospective trainee.

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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 77 61804
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