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JEWELRY DESIGNER/OWNER, IN-DEPTH: Moving From Two To Three Dimensional Design Conception

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Jeff, a business owner and jewelry designer, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Because he went through the traditional apprenticeship system, he was able to study and mentor under someone who has been working in the business for 20 years, but this meant that he learned the process first and the creative aspect came later.

Job Title: Jewelry Designer & Owner
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Job Description

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair, and appraise gems and jewelry.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time, Varies Widely, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Remote, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, People skills, Hand-eye coordination

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fine Arts
Metal Working
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m='59920'>was</span> <span m='60160'>carving</span> <span m='60510'>a</span> <span m='60580'>wax</span> <span m='60900'>and</span> <span m='60980'>realizing</span> <span m='61520'>that</span> <span m='61690'>I</span> <span m='61740'>was</span> <span m='62610'>taking</span> <span m='62950'>away</span> <span m='63790'>material</span> <span m='64489'>to</span> <span m='64629'>come</span> <span m='64840'>up</span> <span m='64950'>with</span> <span m='65069'>a</span> <span m='65129'>three</span> <span m='65340'>dimension</span> <span m='66900'>piece,</span> <span m='67910'>that</span> <span m='68240'>was</span> <span m='68420'>a</span> <span m='68490'>really</span> <span m='69160'>turning</span> <span m='69480'>point</span> <span m='69710'>for</span> <span m='69790'>me</span> <span m='69930'>where</span> <span m='70050'>I</span> <span m='70110'>started</span> <span m='70360'>to</span> <span m='70460'>think</span> <span m='70760'>like</span> <span m='70950'>that</span> <span 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