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 :
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
Those running their own business need small business skills.
usually work regular business hours, and may work weekends if they work in retail
work in small workrooms, private studios, and shops.
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.
NCEA Level 1 English, maths and science is preferred. Art and design subjects are also useful.
Jewellers need to be : creative
accurate, with an eye for detail
able to solve problems
practical, with good technical and maths skills.
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.
Jewellers should have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).