Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Job Prospects Openings 5 years to November 2019: 5,001 to 10,000
Salary Range Median weekly earnings: $1051 to $1300 to Source: Australian Government Department of Employment 2015
Brief You've just had a beautifully cut and crafted one carat solitaire diamond ring slipped on your finger. Spare a thought for the jeweller, who designed and manufactured the ring.

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TAFE SA courses that may be relevant for: Jeweller

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In a highly technical age that is characterised by digital appliances, the traditional crafts of the jeweller continue to be highly valued.

Artistic and CreativePractical and Manual

Education Requirements

TAFE SA offers the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design.

Still unsure? Then try a short course also offered through TAFE SA such as Introduction to Jewellery Making or Make Resin Jewellery. Check the website for the full list of short courses.

Career Path

According to an industry source, more people are buying custom designed jewellery, enhancing employment opportunities for local jewellers. The growth in the State's tourism industry have also increased jewellery sales opportunities. However, most jewellery stores order pre cut stones from South East Asia and this is reflected in the low numbers of local gem cutters.

Nature of the Job

After a customer has spoken to a designer and a drawing of the jewellery is finalised, the jeweller begins manufacturing, using hand and power tools. Using different processes, including filing, cutting, hammering, bending and casting, jewellers mould the materials they are working with into shape. Jewellers can also engrave, re-thicken or remodel jewellery. In retail outlets, jewellers also offer advice, replace batteries in watches and are involved in sales.

Creating a diamond consists of a series of stages. A clasp (or setting), which holds the diamond in place is soldered to the band which is usually made of gold or silver. Files or emery paper are used to smooth the band. The diamond is then set and secured into the clasp and the ring is polished with a buffing machine. A heavy piece of jewellery that has a large number of diamonds or pearls may take up to two weeks to complete. Some pieces are often created by request of a customer to their specific specifications. Its very creative work the idea of making jewellery, especially when its going to be worn and cherished for years is something special. Precious pieces are passed on to children and grandchildren, jewellers have the opportunity to create the heirlooms of the future.

Typical Physical Working Environment

Foremost, they must enjoy artistic and creative work and have good design ability. Craftsmanship is also essential in this occupation and as such, they must have good eyesight, good hand-eye coordination and have the ability to work carefully and accurately. They also need to show patience and perseverance and enjoy designing and making things.

Typical Occupational Example

Jewellers may choose to work in jewellery stores where mass produced jewellery is made and sold, or in specialist stores where pieces are made to order. They may work on the shop floor selling directly to the public, or in a workshop where jewellery is manufactured. In South Australia, gem cutters are either self employed or find work with large gem cutting organisations. To succeed as a jeweller, you should have creative design ability and enjoy working with your hands. You'll also need problem solving skills so that you're able to turn peoples' design ideas into a 3-D object. As you'll often be dealing with the public, good communication and sales skills are essential. Gem cutters should have good manual dexterity and be able to work with close range objects.

For further information, contact:

Jewellers Association of Australia
Phone: 1800 657 762

Further Information

For further information about all TAFE SA Courses, phone 1800 882 661 or enquire online