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Jewellery Designer

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Jewellery designers create decorative items from their own designs using mainly precious metals and gemstones. They design pieces of personal jewellery or ornamentation either as a 'one-off', made in a small workshop for a particular client or for factory manufacture.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for jewellery designers in the UK can be in the range of £16,000 to £22,000 a year. Experienced designers can earn up to around £40,000 a year. Many jewellery designers are self-employed or work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the item designed or made, and on their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2598
2.1 %
RISE
2023
2652
  United Kingdom
2018
42759
2.8 %
RISE
2023
43972

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a great section on getting into jewellery which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in jewellery, including design, enamelling, gemmology and engraving.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Tel: 020 7404 3334
E-mail: information@gem-a.com
Website: http://www.gem-a.com
Twitter: @GemAofGB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GemAofGB

National Association of Jewellers
Tel: 0121 237 1110
E-mail: education@naj.co.uk
Website: http://www.naj.co.uk
Twitter: @UKNAJ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalAssociationofJewellers/

The National Association of Jewellers was formed in 2015 and incorporates the British Jewellers' Association. Jewellery and Allied Industries Training Council (JAITC) is a trade association supported by the British Jewellers' Association. Here you will find information about the craft of jewellery and jewellery courses throughout the country.

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Art and Design

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