Profession precious stone cutter

Precious stone cutters use cutting machines and tools to cut or carve diamonds and other gemstones according to diagrams and patterns while considering different specifications. They are experts at fabricating jewellery such as rings, brooches, chains and bracelets from gemstones.

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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.

  • Characteristics of diamonds

    Key characteristics of diamonds that affect their value: carat weight, cut, colour and clarity.

  • Gem cutting forms

    Gemstones can be cut into different shapes such as faceted stones, cablochons, spheres or beads. They can also be fit together with other precious stones or different materials as in the case of inlays or mosaics. Finally, they can be carved to produce intaglios or cameos.

  • Gemstones

    Types of minerals or petrified materials that are cut and polished for use in jewellery, classified according to type, characteristics, and value.

  • Manufacturing of jewellery

    The manufacturing of different type of jewellery such as rings or necklaces out of various metal types such as silver, gold, diamond and other precious stones.

Skills

  • Ensure conformance to jewel design specifications

    Examine finished jewellery products to ensure that they meet quality standards and design specifications. Use magnifying glasses, polariscopes or other optical instruments.

  • Use precision tools

    Use electronic, mechanical, electric, or optical precision tools for precision work.

  • Use jewellery equipment

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

  • Cut gem stones

    Cut and shape gemstones and jewellery pieces.

  • Attend to detail regarding jewellery creation

    Perform great attention to all steps in the design, creation and finishing of jewellery.

  • Grind gemstones

    Shape gemstones using equipment such as diamond or silicon carbide wheels to obtain a rough though more regular form called the preform.

  • Calculate value of gems

    Determine appraised value of gemstones such as diamonds and pearls; study price guides, market fluctuations and grades of rarity.

  • Examine gems

    Closely examine gemstone surfaces using polariscopes or other optical instruments.

  • Record jewel weight

    Record the weight of finished jewellery pieces.

Optional knowledge and skills

use specialised equipment evaluate restoration procedures jewellery product categories operate microscope apply restoration techniques estimate value of used jewellery and watches clean jewellery pieces select restoration activities sand gemstones wet tumbling estimate restoration costs select gems for jewellery smoothen rough jewel parts develop jewellery designs perform enamelling cultured pearls adjust jewellery estimate cost of jewellery and watches' maintenance watches and jewellery products record jewel processing time imitation jewellery pass on trade techniques advise customers on jewellery and watches repair jewellery detect product defects create jewellery coining polish gemstones think creatively about jewellery tend tumbling machine maintain jewels and watches