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:


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 £18,000 to £22,000 a year. Experienced designers can earn up to around £50,000 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.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:


Getting On

More Information

For more information on creative careers see Discover Creative Careers Finder

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 up to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

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

Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Tel: 020 7404 3334
Twitter: @GemAofGB

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