Profession goldsmith

Goldsmiths design, manufacture and sell jewellery. They also adjust, repair and appraise gems and jewellery for customers using experience in the working of gold and other precious metals.   

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Jewellery processes

    Materials and processes involved in creating jewellery items like earrings, necklaces, rings, brackets, etc.

  • Metal and metal ore products

    The offered metal and metal ore products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Characteristics of precious metals

    Variations of precious metals according to density, corrossion resistance, electrical conductivity, light reflectivity and quality.

Skills

  • Pour molten metal into moulds

    Pour molten steel or metal into moulds; operate by hand or by using cranes.

  • Cut metal products

    Operate cutting and measuring instruments in order to cut/shape pieces of metal into given dimensions.

  • Develop jewellery designs

    Develop new jewellery designs and products, and modify existing designs.

  • Cast jewellery metal

    Heat and melt jewellery materials; pour in moulds to cast jewellery models. Use jewellery-making material such as spanners, pliers or presses.

  • Select metals for jewellery

    Select and purchase precious metals and alloys to use in jewellery pieces

  • Smoothen rough jewel parts

    Smoothen rough parts of pieces of jewellery using hand files and emery paper.

  • Use jewellery equipment

    Handle, modify, or repair jewellery-making equipment such as jigs, fixtures, and hand tools such as scrapers, cutters, gougers, and shapers.

  • Apply smithing techniques

    Apply techniques and use technologies in relation to the various smithing processes, including sculpting, forging, upsetting, heat treating, and finishing.

  • Clean jewellery pieces

    Clean and polish metal items and pieces of jewellery; handle mechanical jewellery-making tools such as polishing wheels.

  • Heat jewellery metals

    Heat, melt and shape metals for jewellery making.

  • Select gems for jewellery

    Select and purchase gems to use in jewellery pieces and designs.

  • Build jewellery models

    Construct preliminary jewel models using wax, plaster or clay. Create sample castings in moulds.

  • Create jewellery

    Create pieces of jewellery using precious materials such as silver and gold.

Optional knowledge and skills

record jewel processing time estimate restoration costs coining engraving technologies estimate value of used jewellery and watches perform enamelling trade in jewellery design objects to be crafted adjust jewellery pass on trade techniques electroplating processes ensure conformance to jewel design specifications estimate cost of jewellery and watches' maintenance advise customers on jewellery and watches jewellery product categories apply restoration techniques electroplating metal materials mount stones in jewels select restoration activities evaluate restoration procedures perform damascening maintain jewels and watches record jewel weight watches and jewellery products engrave patterns imitation jewellery