Profession silversmith

Silversmiths design, manufacture and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair and appraise gems and jewelry. Silversmiths are specialized in working with silver and other precious metals.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Characteristics of precious metals

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • Heat jewellery metals

    Heat, melt and shape metals for jewellery making.

  • Apply smithing techniques

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

  • Mount stones in jewels

    Mount gemstones in pieces of jewellery closely following design specifications. Place, set and mount gemstones and metal parts.

  • Clean jewellery pieces

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

  • Pour molten metal into moulds

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

  • Create jewellery

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

  • Select metals for jewellery

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

  • Cut metal products

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

  • 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.

  • Develop jewellery designs

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

  • Use jewellery equipment

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

  • Select gems for jewellery

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

  • Smoothen rough jewel parts

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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