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Details for Jewelers


Description

Fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.

Tasks

  • Cut, shape, and smooth gemstones, pearls, and metal pieces, using abrasives, grinding stones, and power and hand tools.
  • Mark, engrave, or emboss designs on metal pieces such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following specifications.
  • Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds in order to cast models of jewelry.
  • Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
  • Burn grooves or crevices in molds in order to correct defects, using soldering guns.
  • Cut designs in molds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewelry products.
  • Melt and roll out metal into sheets or bars, and stamp out jewelry such as gold and silver chains, using presses or dies.
  • Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
  • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
  • Remove mold castings from metal or jewelry workpieces, and place workpieces in water or on trays to cool.
  • Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
  • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • Alter existing jewelry mountings in order to reposition jewels or to adjust mountings.
  • Build sand molds in flasks, following patterns and heat flasks to dry and harden molds, using furnaces or torches.
  • Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
  • Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
  • Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
  • Design and fabricate molds, models, and machine accessories, and modify hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
  • Determine appraised values of diamonds and other gemstones based on price guides, market fluctuations, and stone grades and rarity.
  • Assemble and secure mold sections used to cast metal articles and pieces.
  • Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
  • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
  • Create new jewelry designs and modify existing designs, using computers as necessary.
  • Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
  • Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
  • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Examine gemstone surfaces and internal structures to evaluate genuineness, quality, and value, using polariscopes, refractometers, and other optical instruments.
  • Grade stones based on their color, perfection, and quality of cut.
  • Immerse gemstones in chemical solutions to determine specific gravity and other key properties necessary for identification and appraisal.
  • Mark and drill holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
  • Press models into clay, and build up clay around exposed parts of models to retain plaster.
  • Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
  • Remove molds from cast articles, clean them, and apply shellac and powder to preserve them for reuse.
  • Rotate molds in order to distribute molten material and prevent formation of air pockets.
  • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
  • Write or modify design specifications such as the metal contents and weights of items.
  • Chase decorative designs on silver blanks that are to be used as models for steel production dies.
  • Fabricate, modify, or repair jigs, fixtures, and hand tools such as scrapers, cutters, gougers, and shapers.
  • Place metal samples in frames, pack raw rubber around samples, and clamp samples, frames, and rubber into vulcanizing machines.
  • Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties in order to develop new products or modify existing designs.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Knowledge

Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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