Jewelry appraisers: Salary, career path, job outlook, education and more

Jewelry appraisers carefully examine jewelry to determine its value and then write appraisal documents. They determine value by researching the jewelry market and by using reference books, auction catalogs, price lists, and the Internet. They may work for jewelry stores, appraisal firms, auction houses, pawnbrokers, or insurance companies. Many gemologists also become appraisers.

Education Required
Although most jewelers and precious stone and metal workers have a high school diploma, many trade schools offer courses for workers who seek additional education. Course topics can include introduction to gems and metals, resizing, repair, and computer-aided design (CAD). Programs vary from 3 months to 1 year, and many teach students how to design, cast, set, and polish jewelry and gems, as well as how to use and care for a jewelers tools and equipment. Graduates of these programs may be more attractive to employers because they require less on-the-job training. Many gemologists graduate from the Gemological Institute of America. Trade programs usually require applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Training Required
Many jewelers learn and develop their skills on the job. The length of training required to become proficient depends on the difficulty of the specialty, but often lasts at least a year. Training usually focuses on casting, setting stones, making models, or engraving.
Job Outlook
The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: -3% (Decline)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)
In manufacturing, some jewelers advance to supervisory jobs, such as master jeweler or head jeweler. Jewelers who work in jewelry stores or repair shops may become managers.
Median pay: How much do Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers make?
$38,200 Annual Salary
$18.37 per hour

Careers for Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

  • Appraisers, jewelry
  • Bench jewelers
  • Diamond graders
  • Diamond polishers
  • Diamond setters
  • Engravers
  • Facetors
  • Gem cutters
  • Gemologists
  • Goldsmiths
  • Jewelry designers
  • Jewelry repairers
  • Jewelsmiths
  • Lapidarists
  • Mold and model makers
  • Pewterers
  • Polishers
  • Precious stone and metal workers
  • Production jewelers
  • Silversmiths

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