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Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers - 51-9071.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9070 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
51-9071.00 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Related Occupations


  • Anneal precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
  • Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
  • Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
  • Compute costs of labor and materials to determine production costs of products and articles.
  • Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
  • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
  • Create new jewelry designs and modify existing designs, using computers as necessary.
  • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
  • Cut designs in molds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewelry products.
  • Design and fabricate molds, models, and machine accessories, and modify hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
  • Determine appraised values of diamonds and other gemstones based on price guides, market fluctuations, and stone grades and rarity.
  • Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
  • Grade stones based on their color, perfection, and quality of cut.
  • Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
  • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Mark, engrave, or emboss designs on metal pieces such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following specifications.
  • Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
  • Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
  • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
  • Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds to cast models of jewelry.
  • Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
  • Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties to develop new products or modify existing designs.
  • Rotate molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
  • Rout out locations where parts are to be joined to items, using routing machines.
  • Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
  • Shape and straighten damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
  • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
  • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
  • Write or modify design specifications such as the metal contents and weights of items.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust position of molds during processing.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Build production molds.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Design jewelry or decorative objects.
  • Determine the value of goods or services.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Place materials into molds.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Purchase products or services.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair precision devices or workpieces.
  • Reshape small metal components for precision assembly.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Bench Hand (Jewelry-Silver)
  • Bracelet & Brooch Maker
  • Chaser (Jewelry-Silver)
  • Engine Turner (Jewelry)
  • Jeweler
  • Model Maker Ii (Jewelry)
  • Mold Maker (Pottery & Porc)
  • Mold Maker I (Jewelry)
  • Mold Maker Ii (Jewelry)
  • Pewter Caster
  • Pewter Fabricator
  • Pewter Finisher
  • Pewter Turner (Silverware) C379
  • Pewterer
  • Silversmith Ii
  • Solderer (Jewelry)
  • Stone Setter (Jewelry)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Bead Maker
  • Bench Hand
  • Bench-Molder Apprentice
  • Bracelet and Brooch Maker
  • Caster
  • Centrifugal-Casting-Machine Operator
  • Chain Maker, Hand
  • Chaser
  • Dial Maker
  • Engine Turner
  • Fancy-Wire Drawer
  • Gemologist
  • Goldbeater
  • Hammersmith
  • Jeweler
  • Jeweler Apprentice
  • Lay-Out Worker
  • Locket Maker
  • Model Maker I
  • Model Maker II
  • Model-Maker Apprentice
  • Mold Maker I
  • Mold Maker II
  • Mold-Maker Apprentice
  • Molder, Bench
  • Pearl Restorer
  • Pewter Caster
  • Pewter Fabricator
  • Pewter Finisher
  • Pewterer
  • Ring Maker
  • Sample Maker I
  • Sample Maker II
  • Silversmith II
  • Solderer
  • Stone Setter
  • Stone-Setter Apprentice