× We offer our visitors 5 free video views. Download the free iOS app here for access to thousands of videos. Schools may contact us for full platform access.
Tourist 8259266db91a5623a28df50f8e0e99cd
Tags:

JEWLERY DESIGNER: Teaching Herself The Jewelry Business

About this video 

Alexis is a glass jewelry designer who taught herself how to work with glass as well as the jewelry business. In the beginning of her career, she spoke with a lot of shop owners to find out what they sell, how they run their businesses, and how to set price points. She advises making things you like and not what you think someone will like, because if you love something, then someone will also love what you make.

Degree: Industrial Design
Job Title: Jewelry Designer

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
Confirm
$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
View Detailed Career Data

PathSource provides free English transcriptions for each of our informational interviews on video which will appear here after you have signed in. Our advanced transcriptions are highly interactive. They scroll down automatically as the video plays and users can jump to a specific part of the video by clicking on any word in the transcript.

For a small fee, we offer transcriptions in different languages, making PathSource a great tool for English Language Learners. This feature is currently available for customers in the education field only.

Please contact us at support@pathsoruce.com if you have any questions or would like to get a price quote for advanced transcripts offered in a second language.

P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='440'>So</span> <span m='550'>I</span> <span m='800'>am a</span> <span m='1210'>glass</span> <span m='1670'>jewelry</span> <span m='1970'>designer.</span> <span m='3240'>I've</span> <span m='3600'>been</span> <span m='4250'>working</span> <span m='5790'>at</span> <span m='5980'>this</span> <span m='6290'>for</span> <span m='6480'>about</span> <span m='7010'>seven</span> <span m='7450'>years</span> <span m='7810'>now,</span> <span m='8310'>ever</span> <span m='8500'>since</span> <span m='8680'>I</span> <span m='8730'>graduated</span> <span m='9330'>from</span> <span m='9650'>RISD,</span> <span m='10580'>which</span> <span m='10750'>is</span> <span m='10870'>an</span> <span m='10970'>art</span> <span m='11150'>school</span> <span m='11370'>on</span> <span m='11440'>the</span> <span m='11540'>east</span> <span m='11720'>coast,</span> <span m='12260'>although</span> <span m='12450'>I</span> <span m='12520'>grew</span> <span m='12730'>up</span> <span m='12850'>around</span> <span m='13130'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='16079'>I</span> <span m='16180'>actually</span> <span m='16470'>majored</span> <span m='16880'>in</span> <span m='16990'>industrial</span> <span m='17560'>design,</span> <span m='18130'>which</span> <span m='18330'>is</span> <span m='18470'>like</span> <span m='18670'>designing</span> <span m='19090'>cell</span> <span m='19370'>phones</span> <span m='19950'>and</span> <span m='22100'>furniture</span> <span m='22620'>and</span> <span m='22720'>stuff,</span> <span m='23190'>but</span> <span m='24070'>I</span> <span m='24190'>didn't</span> <span m='24410'>want</span> <span m='24560'>to</span> <span m='24600'>go</span> <span m='24710'>work</span> <span m='24960'>for</span> <span m='25060'>anybody</span> <span m='25410'>else.</span> <span m='26120'>And</span> <span m='26500'>I</span> <span m='26530'>wanted</span> <span m='26780'>to</span> <span m='26850'>work</span> <span m='27010'>for</span> <span m='27080'>myself.</span> <span m='27840'>And</span> <span m='28120'>jewelry</span> <span m='28480'>was</span> <span m='28640'>a</span> <span m='28670'>good</span> <span m='28800'>way</span> <span m='28990'>for</span> <span m='29140'>me</span> <span m='29270'>to</span> <span m='29360'>do</span> <span m='29510'>that.</span> <span m='29850'>And</span> <span m='30760'>you</span> <span m='30900'>can</span> <span m='31040'>imagine</span> <span m='31480'>that</span> <span m='31720'>designing</span> <span m='32100'>something</span> <span m='32390'>in</span> <span m='32460'>three</span> <span m='32619'>dimensions</span> <span m='33720'>translates</span> <span m='34220'>pretty</span> <span m='34380'>well</span> <span m='34610'>to</span> <span m='34700'>jewelry.</span> </p><p><span m='36040'>Well</span> <span m='36230'>my</span> <span m='36350'>typical</span> <span m='36800'>days</span> <span m='37190'>now</span> <span m='37650'>are</span> <span m='37760'>different</span> <span m='38360'>from</span> <span m='38580'>when</span> <span m='39620'>I</span> <span m='41440'>started.</span> <span m='42520'>A</span> <span m='42850'>typical</span> <span m='43240'>day</span> <span m='43450'>for</span> <span m='43600'>me</span> <span m='43870'>usually</span> <span m='44380'>is</span> <span m='44620'>just</span> <span m='44850'>coming</span> <span m='45180'>in</span> <span m='45430'>and</span> <span m='45600'>making</span> <span m='45920'>as</span> <span m='46050'>much</span> <span m='46300'>stuff</span> <span m='46480'>as</span> <span m='46630'>I</span> <span m='46710'>can.</span> <span m='47170'>Filling</span> <span m='47670'>the orders</span> <span m='48180'>that</span> <span m='48330'>I've</span> <span m='48710'>gotten,</span> <span m='49660'>but</span> <span m='50200'>in</span> <span m='50380'>order</span> <span m='50570'>to</span> <span m='50620'>get</span> <span m='50800'>to</span> <span m='50890'>that</span> <span m='51200'>stage,</span> <span m='51790'>you</span> <span m='51900'>have</span> <span m='52060'>to</span> <span m='52170'>start</span> <span m='52830'>by</span> <span m='53370'>finding</span> <span m='53800'>out</span> <span m='53920'>what</span> <span m='54070'>people</span> <span m='54350'>want.</span> <span m='54880'>Finding</span> <span m='55360'>out</span> <span m='56290'>what</span> <span m='56600'>you're</span> <span m='56750'>good</span> <span m='56980'>at,</span> <span m='57280'>what</span> <span m='57580'>things</span> <span m='57840'>that</span> <span m='57980'>you</span> <span m='58100'>like</span> <span m='58380'>making,</span> <span m='58790'>other</span> <span m='58960'>people</span> <span m='59260'>want</span> <span m='59480'>to</span> <span m='59570'>get.</span> </p><p><span m='59880'>And</span> <span m='60060'>so</span> <span m='60290'>a</span> <span m='60400'>lot</span> <span m='60590'>of</span> <span m='60680'>my</span> <span m='60810'>job,</span> <span m='61800'>in</span> <span m='61990'>the</span> <span m='62270'>very</span> <span m='63040'>early</span> <span m='63320'>days</span> <span m='63610'>of</span> <span m='63680'>me</span> <span m='64010'>discovering,</span> <span m='64530'>was</span> <span m='64780'>teaching</span> <span m='65110'>myself</span> <span m='65710'>how</span> <span m='65950'>to</span> <span m='66060'>do</span> <span m='66260'>things.</span> <span m='66690'>How</span> <span m='66870'>to</span> <span m='67100'>work</span> <span m='67470'>with</span> <span m='67580'>glass,</span> <span m='67870'>because</span> <span m='68020'>it's</span> <span m='68190'>not</span> <span m='68400'>an</span> <span m='68500'>easy</span> <span m='68760'>material</span> <span m='69270'>to</span> <span m='70070'>master.</span> <span m='71280'>And</span> <span m='71620'>so that</span> <span m='71800'>was</span> <span m='71900'>one</span> <span m='72110'>half</span> <span m='72330'>of</span> <span m='72500'>the</span> <span m='72590'>job.</span> <span m='73020'>And</span> <span m='73120'>then</span> <span m='73220'>the</span> <span m='73360'>other</span> <span m='73530'>half</span> <span m='73750'>of</span> <span m='73870'>the</span> <span m='73950'>job</span> <span m='74350'>was</span> <span m='75620'>learning</span> <span m='76050'>about</span> <span m='76390'>the</span> <span m='76480'>jewelry</span> <span m='76800'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='77520'>And</span> <span m='77890'>to do</span> <span m='78150'>that,</span> <span m='78420'>it</span> <span m='78490'>was</span> <span m='78660'>a</span> <span m='78740'>lot</span> <span m='78970'>of</span> <span m='79430'>gut-wrenching</span> <span m='81190'>bravery,</span> <span m='82640'>I'd</span> <span m='82780'>just</span> <span m='83040'>go up</span> <span m='83340'>to</span> <span m='83460'>stores</span> <span m='83910'>and</span> <span m='84040'>say,</span> <span m='84330'>hey</span> <span m='84730'>how</span> <span m='84960'>do</span> <span m='85020'>you</span> <span m='85110'>do</span> <span m='85290'>things?</span> <span m='85770'>What</span> <span m='86080'>kind</span> <span m='86260'>of</span> <span m='86320'>stuff</span> <span m='86570'>do you</span> <span m='86750'>sell?</span> <span m='87190'>What</span> <span m='87350'>are</span> <span m='87400'>the</span> <span m='87500'>price</span> <span m='87830'>points?</span> <span m='88250'>Price</span> <span m='88540'>point</span> <span m='88880'>is a</span> <span m='88990'>jargony</span> <span m='89680'>term,</span> <span m='90030'>which</span> <span m='90220'>means</span> <span m='94890'>in</span> <span m='95180'>what</span> <span m='95580'>slot</span> <span m='95950'>between</span> <span m='96840'>$50 and</span> <span m='97253'>$100</span> <span m='98080'>is</span> <span m='98250'>a</span> <span m='98440'>price</span> <span m='98850'>point?</span> <span m='100170'>They'll</span> <span m='100360'>sort</span> <span m='100860'>all</span> <span m='101230'>things</span> <span m='101510'>that</span> <span m='101640'>are</span> <span m='101750'>sold,</span> <span m='102210'>that are at</span> <span m='102470'>that</span> <span m='102750'>price</span> <span m='103080'>into</span> <span m='103290'>one</span> <span m='103550'>sort</span> <span m='103760'>of</span> <span m='103820'>mental</span> <span m='104210'>category.</span> <span m='104930'>And</span> <span m='105050'>then</span> <span m='105180'>there's stuff</span> <span m='105540'>that's</span> <span m='105760'>cheaper</span> <span m='106000'>than</span> <span m='106170'>that,</span> <span m='106400'>like</span> <span m='106550'>$20</span> <span m='107280'>is</span> <span m='107410'>another</span> <span m='107650'>price</span> <span m='107980'>point.</span> <span m='108640'>And</span> <span m='108810'>then</span> <span m='109030'>$1,000</span> <span m='109810'>and</span> <span m='109890'>above</span> <span m='110290'>is</span> <span m='110390'>another</span> <span m='110690'>price</span> <span m='111040'>point.</span> </p><p><span m='112420'>So</span> <span m='112570'>I</span> <span m='112670'>had</span> <span m='112790'>to</span> <span m='112900'>learn</span> <span m='113060'>all</span> <span m='113210'>about</span> <span m='113480'>that.</span> <span m='114680'>A lot of</span> <span m='115000'>reading.</span> <span m='115600'>A</span> <span m='115950'>lot</span> <span m='116190'>of</span> <span m='116250'>reading</span> <span m='116720'>about</span> <span m='117530'>what</span> <span m='117780'>I</span> <span m='117870'>was</span> <span m='118040'>interested</span> <span m='118460'>in,</span> <span m='118620'>and</span> <span m='118780'>trying</span> <span m='119020'>to</span> <span m='119080'>figure</span> <span m='119340'>out</span> <span m='119620'>other</span> <span m='119840'>people</span> <span m='120100'>who've</span> <span m='120270'>done</span> <span m='120530'>something</span> <span m='120890'>similar</span> <span m='121290'>to</span> <span m='121430'>me,</span> <span m='121620'>trying</span> <span m='121820'>to</span> <span m='121870'>figure</span> <span m='122050'>out</span> <span m='122100'>how</span> <span m='122250'>they</span> <span m='122480'>did</span> <span m='122660'>it.</span> <span m='123500'>So</span> <span m='123980'>it was</span> <span m='124040'>a</span> <span m='124090'>lot</span> <span m='124240'>of</span> <span m='124310'>self-education.</span> <span m='125490'>And</span> <span m='128820'>basically</span> <span m='129340'>I</span> <span m='129400'>would</span> <span m='129729'>just</span> <span m='129960'>say</span> <span m='130240'>that</span> <span m='131250'>sort</span> <span m='131480'>of</span> <span m='131580'>ended</span> <span m='131860'>up</span> <span m='132000'>being</span> <span m='132510'>the</span> <span m='132940'>beginning</span> <span m='133210'>of</span> <span m='133310'>the</span> <span m='133400'>job,</span> <span m='133700'>and</span> <span m='133870'>now</span> <span m='134600'>that</span> <span m='134720'>I'm</span> <span m='134820'>a</span> <span m='134860'>little</span> <span m='135020'>bit</span> <span m='135150'>more</span> <span m='135300'>established,</span> <span m='136130'>it</span> <span m='136440'>looks</span> <span m='136690'>completely</span> <span m='137100'>different.</span> </p><p><span m='137820'>So</span> <span m='138020'>if</span> <span m='138060'>you're</span> <span m='138300'>interested</span> <span m='138680'>in</span> <span m='138880'>being</span> <span m='139180'>a</span> <span m='139240'>designer,</span> <span m='139790'>especially</span> <span m='140280'>if</span> <span m='140340'>you're</span> <span m='140480'>interested</span> <span m='140890'>in</span> <span m='140950'>being</span> <span m='141460'>a</span> <span m='141560'>self-employed</span> <span m='142330'>designer,</span> <span m='143030'>make</span> <span m='143350'>sure</span> <span m='143620'>that</span> <span m='143810'>whatever</span> <span m='144160'>you</span> <span m='144390'>do</span> <span m='145330'>is</span> <span m='145510'>something</span> <span m='145890'>that</span> <span m='146070'>you</span> <span m='146280'>really</span> <span m='146630'>like</span> <span m='146950'>doing.</span> <span m='147500'>This</span> <span m='147730'>is</span> <span m='147830'>surprising,</span> <span m='148400'>but</span> <span m='149490'>you'll</span> <span m='149690'>find</span> <span m='149970'>that</span> <span m='150130'>if</span> <span m='150260'>someone</span> <span m='150800'>wants</span> <span m='151240'>you</span> <span m='151480'>to</span> <span m='151640'>make</span> <span m='151890'>something,</span> <span m='152410'>and</span> <span m='152540'>you</span> <span m='152670'>don't</span> <span m='152880'>really</span> <span m='153120'>enjoy</span> <span m='153490'>making</span> <span m='153920'>it,</span> <span m='154060'>like</span> <span m='154240'>let's</span> <span m='154350'>say</span> <span m='155540'>someone</span> <span m='155870'>wants</span> <span m='156070'>you to</span> <span m='156170'>make</span> <span m='156310'>a</span> <span m='156360'>bunch</span> <span m='156550'>of</span> <span m='156600'>penguins</span> <span m='157470'>or</span> <span m='157580'>something.</span> <span m='159490'>Making</span> <span m='159920'>stuffed</span> <span m='160250'>animals</span> <span m='160610'>or</span> <span m='160670'>something</span> <span m='160930'>like</span> <span m='161090'>that.</span> <span m='161780'>But</span> <span m='161950'>you</span> <span m='162020'>don't</span> <span m='162170'>really</span> <span m='162400'>like--</span> </p><p><span m='164050'>Don't</span> <span m='164460'>make</span> <span m='164780'>things</span> <span m='165050'>that</span> <span m='165130'>people</span> <span m='165390'>want.</span> <span m='166090'>Make</span> <span m='166370'>things</span> <span m='166670'>that</span> <span m='166880'>you</span> <span m='167180'>like</span> <span m='167430'>doing,</span> <span m='167900'>and</span> <span m='168090'>someone</span> <span m='168760'>will</span> <span m='168940'>like</span> <span m='169190'>it.</span> <span m='171020'>And</span> <span m='171240'>then</span> <span m='171350'>you'll</span> <span m='171640'>really</span> <span m='171890'>enjoy</span> <span m='172200'>your</span> <span m='172350'>job.</span> <span m='172800'>And</span> <span m='173350'>the</span> <span m='173780'>thing</span> <span m='174060'>that</span> <span m='174200'>you</span> <span m='174330'>want</span> <span m='174540'>to</span> <span m='174600'>do</span> <span m='174740'>is</span> <span m='174880'>you're going to</span> <span m='174970'>have</span> <span m='175200'>to</span> <span m='175280'>spend</span> <span m='175550'>so</span> <span m='175850'>many</span> <span m='176100'>hours,</span> <span m='176710'>10,000</span> <span m='177350'>hours,</span> <span m='177870'>making</span> <span m='178420'>these</span> <span m='178660'>things.</span> <span m='180010'>So</span> <span m='180200'>you</span> <span m='180360'>better</span> <span m='180640'>enjoy</span> <span m='180950'>it.</span> <span m='181460'>And</span> <span m='182920'>the</span> <span m='183060'>easiest</span> <span m='183480'>way</span> <span m='183630'>to</span> <span m='183700'>make</span> <span m='183900'>something</span> <span m='184180'>that</span> <span m='184310'>some</span> <span m='184440'>people will</span> <span m='184760'>love is</span> <span m='185100'>to</span> <span m='185200'>make</span> <span m='185360'>something</span> <span m='185600'>that</span> <span m='185770'>you</span> <span m='185920'>love.</span> <span m='186660'>So</span> <span m='187020'>make</span> <span m='187230'>sure</span> <span m='187390'>that</span> <span m='187550'>you</span> <span m='187620'>like</span> <span m='187870'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":379292,"video_id":"3385954056001","name":"2349-Alexis-JewleryDesigner","duration":189104,"thumbnail_url":null}});