What does a Jewelry Designer do?

Jewelry designers are responsible for all aspects involved in the process of creating pieces of jewelry and related accessories. They may create custom pieces according to an individual client’s personal specifications or make a prototype for a design that will be mass produced. They research and procure materials, sketch drawings, prepare spec sheets, and approve samples. They often work closely in collaboration with R&D, production, marketing, and other departments. They may brainstorm design ideas based on new or upcoming trends.

Jewelry designers may have a college degree or technical diploma in jewelry making or a design field, or a background in art or graphic design. They should be proficient with graphic design software programs. These roles require strong creative talents, innovative thinking, and the ability to spot emerging trends.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Jewelry Designer make?

$46,709 /yr
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Jewelry Designer Career Path

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Jewelry Designer Insights

Read what Jewelry Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
May 10, 2022

“Employee Engagement Events are top notch”

Allison MetalworksAllison Metalworks
Goldsmith, Bench Jeweler
Aug 16, 2022

“Flexible work and hours.”

May 10, 2022

“Pay not so great”

Berry JewelryBerry Jewelry
Bench Jeweler
Oct 9, 2020

“everyone is nice to work with”

Bench Jeweler
May 29, 2022

“Very good best place to work”

Jared Galleria of JewelryJared Galleria of Jewelry
Bench Jeweler Apprentice
Mar 21, 2021

“best manager i ever had”

Li & FungLi & Fung
Jewelry Merchsndiser
Sep 13, 2021

“Nice place to work corporate”

Jared Galleria of JewelryJared Galleria of Jewelry
Bench Jeweler
Jan 26, 2021

“The people I worked with were overall pretty great.”

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Jewelry Designer Interviews

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The most similar professions to Jewelry Designer are:
  • Creative Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Designer

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