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Job Description

Jewellery Designers will plan and design jewellery using a variety of materials such as silver, gold, precious stones and crystals.  Many jewellery designers are self employed and work on a freelance basis but it is possible to get started by working for a small or medium sized enterprise that supply good to high street stores or retail chains.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. Skills and experience can be more important than qualifications, although many new jewellery designers have a foundation degree, HND or degree.

Relevant subjects include:

  • jewellery design
  • designed metalwork and jewellery
  • jewellery and metal design

Drawing and computer design skills can also help.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

You could become self-employed and sell your designs to manufacturers. Or, you could make up the designs and sell them yourself through galleries, in shops and online.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Graphic designer
  • Glass engraver

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Drawing and design skills
  • Creativity
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to work with tools and different materials
  • Patience
  • Commercial awareness
  • Self motivated
  • Able to communicate your ideas effectively

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £50,000

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