Crafting gold and other precious metals and gemstones, using a variety of techniques to create fashion accessories.
A jeweller can make either exclusive individual pieces ready to be set with precious gemstones or prototypes for reproduction. They might be required to replicate, renovate or repair an existing piece of worth or sentimental value to its owner.
Because they deal with precious metals, a jewellery maker needs to be precise, work economically and avoid wasting materials. The work is intricately detailed and requires a high level of skill, focus, and concentration. Due to the intricate nature of the work, many of the tools are delicate and therefore need to be used and handled with extreme care.
Given the value of the materials with which the jewellery maker works, they must act with complete honesty and integrity and be fully aware of the ethics, regulations and security that relate to the sourcing, purchase, production, and sale of precious metals, gemstones and finished pieces.
Important elements of the challenge include:
Using a technical drawing, a piece of jewellery is made following the designer’s original concept.
Competitors will use cutting and sawing techniques to shape and create settings for gemstones.
Under timed conditions, Competitors will demonstrate they can complex jewellery components and complete pieces.
Judges will be looking or those who can work with delicate tools with extreme care.
To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.