Jewellery Designers conceptualise and design prototypes and details for the manufacture of jewellery, watches, spectacles, homewares, trophies and silverware, using metals, precious stones, plastics, engraving, casting and fabrication, to develop designs for mass or batch production or one-off commissions.
Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in jewellery manufacture, design, fine or visual arts is needed to work as a Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Jewellery Designers.
- Determines the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
- Undertakes product research and analyses functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements.
- Formulates design concepts for jewellery.
- Prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts.
- Negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and manufacturing staff.
- Selects, specifies and recommends functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture.
- Details and documents the selected design for production.
- Prepares and commissions prototypes and samples.
- Supervises the preparation of patterns, programmes and tooling, and the manufacture process.
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