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OWNER/JEWELER/METALSMITH, IN-DEPTH: Stay True To Your Path

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Ali, a jeweler, metalsmith, and gallery owner, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She receives feedback and critiques from others on her work, which can make it difficult to remember her own ideas and vision, but it is important to reflect on what you are doing and take in feedback while staying true to your path.

Degree: Latin American Studies - MBA - Jewelry and Metal Arts - Portuguese
Job Title: Jeweler, Metalsmith & Gallery 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
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Artistic, People skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fine Arts
Metal Working
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m='32130'>and</span> <span m='32320'>it's</span> <span m='32490'>something</span> <span m='32900'>that</span> <span m='33660'>I</span> <span m='34110'>really</span> <span m='34430'>value,</span> <span m='35060'>being</span> <span m='35550'>able</span> <span m='35780'>to</span> <span m='36620'>figure</span> <span m='36910'>out</span> <span m='37080'>how</span> <span m='37240'>to</span> <span m='37350'>manage</span> <span m='38080'>what</span> <span m='38270'>I'm</span> <span m='38430'>doing</span> <span m='38890'>at</span> <span m='39040'>any</span> <span m='39220'>given</span> <span m='39520'>point.</span> <span m='40600'>And</span> <span m='41080'>I</span> <span m='41240'>like</span> <span m='43580'>the</span> <span m='43700'>creative</span> <span m='44030'>challenge</span> <span m='44490'>of</span> <span m='44560'>somebody</span> <span m='44960'>giving</span> <span m='45460'>me</span> <span m='46200'>an</span> <span m='46370'>object</span> <span m='46685'>or</span> <span m='47000'>telling</span> <span m='47360'>me</span> <span m='47460'>they</span> <span m='47540'>have</span> <span m='47770'>an</span> <span m='47840'>idea</span> <span m='48180'>for</span> <span m='48380'>a</span> <span m='48420'>piece,</span> <span m='48860'>and</span> <span m='49020'>having</span> <span m='49350'>to</span> <span m='49420'>figure</span> <span m='49790'>out,</span> <span m='50440'>technically,</span> <span m='51760'>how</span> <span m='51930'>do</span> <span m='52070'>you</span> <span m='52280'>make</span> <span m='52590'>it</span> <span m='52690'>come</span> <span m='52950'>together.</span> <span m='53460'>How</span> <span m='53650'>do</span> <span m='53750'>you</span> <span m='53890'>figure</span> <span m='54280'>out</span> <span m='54700'>what</span> <span m='54870'>materials</span> <span m='55450'>to</span> <span m='55550'>use?</span> <span m='56070'>How</span> <span m='56370'>to</span> <span m='56450'>go</span> <span m='56690'>about</span> <span m='57060'>putting</span> <span m='57370'>something</span> <span m='57750'>together</span> <span m='58210'>or</span> <span m='58310'>studying</span> <span m='58920'>something</span> <span m='59310'>that</span> <span m='59500'>maybe</span> <span m='59750'>is</span> <span m='59940'>fragile,</span> <span m='60970'>and</span> <span m='61730'>then</span> <span m='62050'>the</span> <span m='62130'>artistic</span> <span m='62580'>side</span> <span m='62790'>of</span> <span m='62880'>it.</span> <span m='63310'>It</span> <span m='63670'>has</span> <span m='63920'>to</span> <span m='64019'>be</span> <span m='64510'>functional,</span> <span m='65030'>but</span> <span m='65150'>you</span> <span m='65260'>also</span> <span m='65570'>want it</span> <span m='65870'>to</span> <span m='66020'>look</span> <span m='66250'>a</span> <span m='66320'>certain</span> <span m='66700'>way</span> <span m='67300'>or</span> <span m='67670'>to</span> <span m='67790'>see</span> <span m='67960'>how</span> <span m='68090'>things</span> <span m='68420'>come</span> <span m='68600'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='69560'>Challenging</span> <span m='70630'>parts</span> <span m='71170'>are,</span> <span m='72530'>I</span> <span m='72640'>think,</span> <span m='74600'>remembering</span> <span m='75580'>what</span> <span m='76150'>your</span> <span m='76350'>own</span> <span m='76600'>ideas</span> <span m='77160'>really</span> <span m='77480'>are,</span> <span m='77690'>because</span> <span m='78030'>you</span> <span m='78130'>get</span> <span m='78230'>a</span> <span m='78290'>lot</span> <span m='78500'>of</span> <span m='78620'>feedback</span> <span m='79080'>from</span> <span m='79240'>everybody,</span> <span m='79790'>and</span> <span m='80090'>people</span> <span m='80370'>have</span> <span m='80550'>a</span> <span m='80600'>lot</span> <span m='80770'>of</span> <span m='80860'>opinions.</span> <span m='81890'>And</span> <span m='82160'>a</span> <span m='82240'>lot</span> <span m='82450'>of</span> <span m='82570'>it</span> <span m='82660'>can</span> <span m='82820'>be</span> <span m='82940'>positive.</span> <span m='83490'>Some</span> <span m='83720'>of</span> <span m='83870'>it</span> <span m='84090'>is</span> <span m='84270'>a</span> <span m='84340'>critique,</span> <span m='84880'>which</span> <span m='85050'>is</span> <span m='85170'>useful.</span> <span m='86070'>But</span> <span m='86630'>remembering</span> <span m='87480'>and</span> <span m='87620'>taking</span> <span m='87940'>the</span> <span m='88030'>time</span> <span m='88300'>to</span> <span m='88440'>really</span> <span m='88670'>reflect</span> <span m='89150'>on</span> <span m='89840'>what</span> <span m='90420'>am</span> <span m='90540'>I</span> <span m='90620'>doing,</span> <span m='91400'>why</span> <span m='91650'>am</span> <span m='91840'>I</span> <span m='91940'>doing</span> <span m='92340'>it,</span> <span m='92730'>where</span> <span m='93020'>do</span> <span m='93120'>I</span> <span m='93220'>want</span> <span m='93500'>to</span> <span m='93660'>go,</span> <span m='94420'>and</span> <span m='94600'>trying</span> <span m='94980'>to</span> <span m='96320'>process</span> <span m='97030'>what</span> <span m='97240'>people</span> <span m='97580'>have</span> <span m='97920'>as</span> <span m='98240'>feedback</span> <span m='98830'>but</span> <span m='99010'>stay</span> <span m='99370'>true</span> <span m='99930'>to</span> <span m='100150'>your</span> <span m='100280'>path</span> <span m='100730'>and</span> <span m='100900'>just</span> <span m='101080'>constantly</span> <span m='101640'>reevaluate</span> <span m='102360'>it</span> <span m='102640'>on</span> <span m='102800'>your</span> <span m='102970'>own</span> <span m='103200'>terms.</span> <span m='104100'>And</span> <span m='104910'>I</span> <span m='105010'>like</span> <span m='105290'>doing</span> <span m='105550'>that.</span> <span m='105920'>So</span> <span m='106180'>it's</span> <span m='106440'>the</span> <span m='106510'>hardest</span> <span m='106940'>part,</span> <span m='107230'>but</span> <span m='108590'>it's</span> <span m='108860'>enjoyable.</span> <span m='109390'>You</span> <span m='109560'>learn</span> <span m='109710'>a</span> <span m='109770'>lot</span> <span m='109940'>about</span> <span m='110160'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='111260'>Yes.</span> <span m='111510'>So</span> <span m='111600'>definitely</span> <span m='112000'>I think</span> <span m='112280'>anything</span> <span m='112720'>in</span> <span m='112820'>the</span> <span m='112910'>arts</span> <span m='113450'>is</span> <span m='113720'>challenging</span> <span m='114620'>in</span> <span m='114770'>terms</span> <span m='115140'>of</span> <span m='115240'>finding</span> <span m='115590'>a</span> <span m='115650'>job,</span> <span m='115980'>especially</span> <span m='116520'>if</span> <span m='116700'>you're</span> <span m='116990'>right</span> <span m='117220'>out</span> <span m='117380'>of</span> <span m='117500'>school.</span> <span m='118630'>But</span> <span m='119100'>it's</span> <span m='119360'>possible.</span> <span m='119990'>And</span> <span m='120140'>I</span> <span m='120220'>guess</span> <span m='120870'>the</span> <span m='120980'>biggest</span> <span m='121390'>advice</span> <span m='121990'>is</span> <span m='122470'>try</span> <span m='123290'>to</span> <span m='123500'>get</span> <span m='123740'>in</span> <span m='123930'>face-to-face</span> <span m='124720'>time</span> <span m='125000'>with</span> <span m='125280'>people that</span> <span m='125730'>you</span> <span m='125850'>know</span> <span m='126780'>are</span> <span m='127020'>in</span> <span m='127120'>this</span> <span m='127310'>profession</span> <span m='127760'>already.</span> <span m='129039'>Metalsmithing</span> <span m='129820'>is</span> <span m='129949'>a</span> <span m='130039'>really</span> <span m='131060'>open</span> <span m='131520'>world.</span> <span m='132010'>We</span> <span m='132160'>like</span> <span m='132440'>to</span> <span m='132570'>support</span> <span m='133080'>each</span> <span m='133290'>other.</span> <span m='133540'>We</span> <span m='133670'>want</span> <span m='133890'>to</span> <span m='133980'>see</span> <span m='134180'>our</span> <span m='134300'>colleagues</span> <span m='134770'>succeed.</span> <span m='135025'>And</span> <span m='135280'>so,</span> <span m='135620'>in that</span> <span m='135920'>sense,</span> <span m='136130'>if</span> <span m='136230'>you're</span> <span m='136410'>able</span> <span m='136770'>to</span> <span m='137510'>meet</span> <span m='137840'>people,</span> <span m='138590'>they</span> <span m='138930'>generally</span> <span m='139390'>will</span> <span m='139610'>tell</span> <span m='139840'>you</span> <span m='140100'>if</span> <span m='140260'>they</span> <span m='140370'>know</span> <span m='140650'>of</span> <span m='140840'>leads</span> <span m='141260'>or</span> <span m='141350'>if</span> <span m='141450'>they</span> <span m='141560'>have</span> <span m='141830'>opportunities.</span> <span m='142265'>So</span> <span m='142700'>to</span> <span m='142920'>get</span> <span m='143110'>networked</span> <span m='144050'>into</span> <span m='144220'>the</span> <span m='144310'>community</span> <span m='144740'>is</span> <span m='144880'>the</span> <span m='144960'>first</span> <span m='145350'>step.</span> </p><p><span m='146030'>And</span> <span m='146290'>then</span> <span m='146730'>your</span> <span m='146950'>options</span> <span m='147560'>might</span> <span m='147860'>be</span> <span m='148570'>doing</span> <span m='148920'>production</span> <span m='149470'>work</span> <span m='149690'>for</span> <span m='149800'>somebody,</span> <span m='150095'>so</span> <span m='150580'>helping</span> <span m='150960'>them</span> <span m='151060'>sand,</span> <span m='151760'>file,</span> <span m='152310'>polish.</span> <span m='153940'>Maybe</span> <span m='154140'>helping</span> <span m='154450'>someone</span> <span m='154620'>with</span> <span m='154790'>their</span> <span m='154920'>shipping.</span> <span m='155840'>There's</span> <span m='156050'>a</span> <span m='156130'>really</span> <span m='156410'>big</span> <span m='157030'>crafts</span> <span m='157660'>and</span> <span m='157850'>do-it-yourself</span> <span m='158530'>movement</span> <span m='159070'>happening</span> <span m='159630'>right</span> <span m='159830'>now</span> <span m='160020'>in</span> <span m='160120'>the</span> <span m='160200'>US,</span> <span m='160600'>and</span> <span m='160690'>I</span> <span m='160770'>think</span> <span m='161530'>increasingly,</span> <span m='162240'>people</span> <span m='162760'>do</span> <span m='162880'>need</span> <span m='163390'>some</span> <span m='163620'>sort</span> <span m='163920'>of</span> <span m='164300'>assistance</span> <span m='164990'>for</span> <span m='165090'>these</span> <span m='165300'>small</span> <span m='165700'>craft</span> <span m='166150'>businesses</span> <span m='166770'>that</span> <span m='166900'>are</span> <span m='166990'>coming</span> <span m='167320'>up.</span> <span m='167880'>And</span> <span m='168140'>so</span> <span m='169010'>if</span> <span m='169160'>you</span> <span m='169290'>can</span> <span m='169450'>find</span> <span m='169690'>someone</span> <span m='169970'>who</span> <span m='171170'>needs</span> <span m='171380'>someone</span> <span m='171620'>to</span> <span m='171700'>help</span> <span m='171960'>with</span> <span m='172060'>shipping,</span> <span m='172770'>maybe</span> <span m='173000'>that's</span> <span m='173250'>not</span> <span m='173420'>a</span> <span m='173460'>full-time</span> <span m='173990'>thing,</span> <span m='174500'>but</span> <span m='174730'>it's</span> <span m='174900'>one</span> <span m='175210'>thing.</span> <span m='175560'>And</span> <span m='175710'>then</span> <span m='175810'>you</span> <span m='175940'>can</span> <span m='176090'>start</span> <span m='176740'>sort</span> <span m='176910'>of</span> <span m='177040'>compiling</span> <span m='178480'>three</span> <span m='178800'>or</span> <span m='178870'>four</span> <span m='179180'>different</span> <span m='179510'>opportunities</span> <span m='180910'>to</span> <span m='181040'>start</span> <span m='181520'>making</span> <span m='181870'>a</span> <span m='181940'>living.</span> <span m='182220'>I</span> <span m='182290'>think</span> <span m='182500'>you</span> <span m='182590'>have</span> <span m='182810'>to</span> <span m='182930'>think</span> <span m='183170'>outside</span> <span m='183830'>the</span> <span m='183910'>box.</span> <span m='184840'>It's</span> <span m='185050'>hard</span> <span m='185340'>to</span> <span m='185450'>find</span> <span m='186090'>a</span> <span m='186180'>full-time</span> <span m='186940'>job</span> <span m='187760'>doing</span> <span m='188140'>jewelry.</span> <span m='189580'>You</span> <span m='189720'>need</span> <span m='189920'>to</span> <span m='190040'>mix</span> <span m='190270'>and match.</span> <span m='190660'>And</span> <span m='190840'>you</span> <span m='191860'>probably</span> <span m='192930'>will</span> <span m='193200'>be</span> <span m='194020'>semi-self-employed</span> <span m='195950'>or</span> <span m='196980'>doing</span> <span m='197310'>something</span> <span m='197620'>else</span> <span m='197880'>entirely.</span> </p><p><span m='199050'>But</span> <span m='199360'>thinking</span> <span m='199860'>of</span> <span m='200840'>the</span> <span m='200960'>jewelry</span> <span m='201390'>or the</span> <span m='201480'>artwork</span> <span m='201700'>you're</span> <span m='202000'>doing</span> <span m='202270'>on</span> <span m='202400'>the</span> <span m='202490'>side</span> <span m='203230'>as</span> <span m='203440'>a</span> <span m='203520'>business.</span> <span m='204010'>And</span> <span m='204170'>so</span> <span m='204590'>for</span> <span m='205240'>financial</span> <span m='205730'>reasons,</span> <span m='206650'>maybe</span> <span m='206890'>you</span> <span m='206990'>decide</span> <span m='207700'>the</span> <span m='207800'>best</span> <span m='208150'>way</span> <span m='208320'>for</span> <span m='208480'>me</span> <span m='208710'>to</span> <span m='208820'>be</span> <span m='208980'>able</span> <span m='209170'>to</span> <span m='209310'>do</span> <span m='209530'>this</span> <span m='209830'>is,</span> <span m='210140'>in fact,</span> <span m='210440'>to</span> <span m='210560'>take</span> <span m='210780'>an</span> <span m='210870'>opportunity</span> <span m='212190'>working</span> <span m='212470'>in</span> <span m='212560'>a</span> <span m='212610'>restaurant</span> <span m='213350'>or</span> <span m='213870'>working</span> <span m='214210'>at</span> <span m='214300'>a</span> <span m='214350'>coffee</span> <span m='214730'>bar</span> <span m='215380'>so</span> <span m='215480'>I</span> <span m='215550'>get</span> <span m='215720'>the</span> <span m='215790'>basic</span> <span m='216210'>income I</span> <span m='216640'>need</span> <span m='216840'>to</span> <span m='216930'>start</span> <span m='217150'>investing</span> <span m='217640'>in</span> <span m='217740'>my</span> <span m='217910'>own</span> <span m='218080'>business.</span> <span m='219200'>But</span> <span m='219515'>yeah.</span> <span m='219830'>There</span> <span m='219990'>are</span> <span m='220160'>opportunities</span> <span m='220810'>out</span> <span m='221010'>there,</span> <span m='221620'>and</span> <span m='222000'>a</span> <span m='222050'>good</span> <span m='222230'>place</span> <span m='222480'>to</span> <span m='222580'>start</span> <span m='223010'>is</span> <span m='223950'>talking to</span> <span m='224310'>artists</span> <span m='224720'>and maybe</span> <span m='225010'>even</span> <span m='225260'>art</span> <span m='225510'>school.</span> 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