Jewelry Career Resources

8 Aug

Jewelry Career Resources

Because I write extensively about jewelry and making jewelry – it's pretty much my writing niche – I get a lot of questions via email about how to get into the jewelry business.

Some readers are interested in become jewelry designers. Others are more interested in the sales side of things, becoming a jewelry sales rep for example.

After trying out different jewelry avenues, I finally found that writing about it works for me. With my background in technical writing and my English degrees, writing was a good fit for me. (You'd be surprised how similar writing about how to fly a flight simulator is to writing about how to make a pair of earrings.) However, it took me a lot of years trying out other jewelry related jobs before I settled on this. I sold my own hand-crafted jewelry at art shows and through galleries, taught jewelry making classes, and even worked for a while as a sales clerk for a small fine jewelry shop. My point is that trying out different venues related to jewelry was a wonderful learning experience.

If, however, you are understandably shy or just unsure about how to jump into the jewelry industry, here are some resources that you might find helpful in your quest for a career in jewelry. If you know of some others, please add them to the comments so we can all check them out.

Gemological Institute of America: This organization is well known its classes and other educational opportunities, but it also has a careers web page and very often they run job fairs. So, this is a good resource for not only preparing for a job in a jewelry related field, they may also help you land a job once you are trained.

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  4. Maria May 21, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    I am an experienced sales rep that has some retail jewelry exp. I want to rep for a designer and do not know how to get connected. I have checked the trades and designer sites to no avail. Are there any industry headhunters?

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