To work as a jeweler, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete long-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some jewelers learn their skills at vocational or technical schools. You can also learn the trade through correspondence courses or on-the-job training. Colleges and art and design schools offer bachelor's and master's degrees in jewelry design.
If you are interested in working in a jewelry store or repair shop, vocational and technical schools are good sources of training. These programs vary in length from six months to one year. In these programs, you learn to use and care for jewelers' tools and machines. You also learn basic jewelry making and repairing skills. Technical school courses also cover topics such as blueprint reading, math, and shop theory. In addition, you need training in computer-aided design (CAD) if you are interested in jewelry design and manufacturing.
If you are interested in starting your own business, you should first build your skills and reputation. Having experience as a jeweler makes it easier to gain credit from jewelry suppliers and obtain inventory. In addition, you should have sales experience and knowledge of business management. Courses in these areas are available from technical schools and community colleges.
Many jewelers develop their skills through on-the-job training. Training usually focuses on casting, setting stones, making models, or engraving. Training typically lasts at least at least one year.