Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for jewellers varies depending on skills, experience and whether they are working as a manufacturing or contemporary jeweller.

  • Manufacturing jewellery apprentices usually start on the minimum wage, with pay rising to $60,000 a year once they are fully qualified.
  • Experienced manufacturing jewellers with five or more years' experience, and those who run their own businesses, can earn up to $100,000.
  • Pay for contemporary jewellers varies widely and depends on their success and ability to market themselves.

    Source : Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Jewellers may do some or all of the following :

  • design jewellery
  • select metals and gems
  • melt and roll out metal
  • cut, bend and shape metal, or cast metal from a plaster mould
  • solder (join metals) and file and polish jewellery
  • make settings for gems, and set gems securely into pieces of jewellery
  • polish and clean jewellery once completed
  • estimate the value of jewellery, and determine gemstone value by colour, cut, clarity, gem variety and carat (weight)
  • sell jewellery in a retail shop.
  • Jewellers need to have :

  • knowledge of jewellery styles and designs
  • knowledge of metals and alloys
  • knowledge of gemstones and their value
  • knowledge of different methods of cutting and setting gemstones
  • design skills.
  • Those running their own business need small business skills.

    Jewellers :

  • usually work regular business hours, and may work weekends if they work in retail
  • work in small workrooms, private studios, and shops.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a trade-certified manufacturing jeweller you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Trade Certificate.

    The Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand oversees apprenticeships for jewellers.

    Some people also work as contemporary art jewellers, which does not require industry-certified training.

    Secondary education

    NCEA Level 1 English, maths and science is preferred. Art and design subjects are also useful.

    Jewellers need to be :
  • creative
  • patient
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to solve problems
  • practical, with good technical and maths skills.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for jewellers includes :

  • any work in the arts
  • work as a salesperson
  • draughting and design experience (including computer-aided design)
  • work as a jeweller's assistant
  • any metalwork experience.
  • Physical requirements

    Jewellers should have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

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