Career outlook for jewellery designer-maker
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design beautiful jewellery with gemstones, precious metals and other materials for people to wear and admire.
Your designs could be made by a manufacturer for to sell in a high street store or you could make each piece yourself by hand.
You might also receive commissions to design and make a unique piece of jewellery for an individual.
As well as jewellery you might also design styles and patterns for other pieces of decorative metalwork like silverware, including trinket boxes, quaiches or candlesticks.
Depending on where you work, you would:
- Come up with designs to meet the requirements - called a brief or commission - of a client
- Produce designs which are made by other staff, if you work for a commercial manufacturer
- Design and make jewellery yourself as a self-employed designer-maker
You’d use a variety of craft skills to make jewellery including, mounting, setting and polishing. You’d draw designs by hand or on computer.
As a self-employed designer-maker you would also need to sell your work, either directly from your studio or at craft fairs, or through shops and galleries.
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