JEWELLERS make and repair jewellery such as rings, brooches, chains and bracelets, craft objects out of precious metals, and cut, shape and polish rough gemstones to produce fashion and industrial jewels.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
examining designs and specifications for jewellery and precious metal objects
shaping moulded metal by cutting, filing, beating, turning and bending, using specialised hand and power tools
assembling articles by soldering, screwing, riveting and otherwise joining
securing precious stones in retaining prongs and ridges, and smoothing and checking final settings
engraving designs on ring settings, brooches, bracelets and other articles
repairing jewellery by soldering, replacing and rebuilding worn and broken parts
appraising the quality and value of jewellery
cutting and dividing stones to approximate final shape, using precision hand and power tools and jigs
securing stones and shapes, cutting angles, smoothing and polishing
finishing articles using files, emery paper and buffing machines
restyling old jewellery