A jeweller (retail) sells jewellery, clocks, watches and silverware. They may also carry out basic jewellery repair or cleaning services.
You could be:
arranging displays of jewellery, clocks, watches and silverware in the shop
discussing what the customer wants and choosing suitable items
arranging different methods of payment: cash, credit and debit cards or by instalments
gift wrapping items purchased
examining pieces of jewellery and quoting a value
repairing, adjusting and cleaning jewellery
carrying out stock control duties
working to meet a set sales target
specialising in one particular area, such as diamonds or watches.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
As of 1 April 2023 the National Minimum Wage is £5.28 an hour for workers under 18, £7.49 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £10.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over is £10.42 an hour.
This may rise to £9.00 an hour or more with experience. Salaries can increase with commission earned on sales.
You will work a five-day week including some evenings and weekends.
Part time work is common.
Your pay may depend partly on commission for sales.
If you are in a management job you might have to travel about the country or abroad to fairs, spending occasional overnights away from home.
You will have to wear protective goggles if cleaning or cutting stones.
good practical skills for cleaning or repairing items
an interest in and knowledge of jewellery.
You will get training on the job.
There are SVQs in Retail Skills at SCQF Levels 4 and 5 and Retail (Sales Professional) at SCQF Level 6.
Your employer might expect you to study for professional exams.
The National Association of Jewellers offers online courses through the Jewellery Education and Training (JET) programme. There are four levels: Professional Jewellers' Certificate at Levels 1 and 2, Professional Jewellers' Management Diploma, and the Professional Jewellers' Business Development Diploma.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain offers a range of tailor made courses in the gem and jewellery trade ranging from one-day workshops, to the Gemmology Foundation and Gemmology and Diamond Diploma qualifications. They also run specialised diamond courses.
You can work for independent jewellers as well as for large chains.
If you work for a large company you can get promotion to a management post.
You can repair and polish jewellery on a freelance basis for a group of shops.
You can become self-employed if you have a lot of capital to invest.
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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.