How to become a Jeweller

jeweller

£30,000

estimated salary

What do they do?

Looking for a hidden gem? We may have found the perfect career for you…

Jewellers sell and distribute a wide range of artisan items, such as rings, necklaces, earrings, and other pieces of jewellery.

Most Jewellers work in retail outlets, such as high street stores, although working in trade positions or even independently, in a self-employed capacity, are both possible. Some Jewellers may also be involved in the manufacturing or production of Jewellery as part of their role.

Typical duties for a Jeweller in the retail sector may include:

  • Meeting and greeting customers
  • Advising customers and making recommendations on their purchases
  • Processing payments
  • Making valuations
  • Designing or manufacturing items (generally in smaller/independent jewellers)


Is it right for me?

You don’t need to love diamonds to work here, but it helps…

To become a Jeweller, a passion for gemstones, jewellery and various different precious metals are absolutely essential. You’ll also need excellent sales skills, and an active eye for fashion, in order to help hit your targets, which can be incredibly lucrative as soon as the bonuses start rolling in.

Other key skills for a Jeweller include:

  • Confidence
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • The ability to build rapport with customers
  • A polite and approachable manner
  • Good hand-eye co-ordination


Career Progression?

Trainee Jeweller

Up to 15,000

Senior Jeweller

Up to 30,000

Store Manager

Up to 40,000


What's it really like?

I initially started out in the industry by working at a jewellers during the summer, while I was still in full-time education. I’d always been interested in fashion, and I was instantly hooked as soon as I started working there (the discount may have helped). I do everything from help couples pick out the perfect wedding ring, to resizing jewellery that’s been passed through generations. I'm now studying jewellery design at college, and hopefully I’ll be taking this on to university. My dream is to work independently and start selling my designs to the public. I'm a long way off yet, but working every week in an industry I love feels amazing.



Get qualified

You will not need a specific qualification in order to become a Jeweller. However, anyone looking to help with the design and production of jewellery must be specially trained, or will have studied areas related to their role, such as silversmithing, goldsmithing and 3D jewellery design.

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