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Become a Jewelery Maker
Jewelry makers, or bench jewelers, are professionals who work with metals, gems, stones and other materials to create fashion accessories. They fashion jewelry from metals and precious or semiprecious stones. The process involves smoothing and polishing, positioning, setting or mounting, and drilling or cutting stones and gems to produce a piece of jewelry.
A large percentage of jewelry makers are self-employed, which allows them to work and sell jewelry from home. They often work in the evening and during holidays to meet consumer demand.
No degree is required to be a jewelry maker but if you want to pursue one then obtain a degree in fine arts or jewelry design. While no licensing is required, voluntary certifications are available.
You will need artistic ability, fashion sense, finger dexterity, visualization and interpersonal skills, and proficiency with computer-aided design (CAD) programs. Experience can expand your job opportunities.