|Craft category||Precious metals|
|Historic area of significance||London and Birmingham. Also, Edinburgh and Sheffield|
|Area currently practised||UK|
|Origin in the UK|
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required||501-1000|
|Current no. of trainees||1000+|
|Current no. of skilled craftspeople||1000+|
|Current total no. of craftspeople||1000+|
Jewellery includes many forms of work from traditional precious metal and gemstone pieces through to cutting edge art jewellery which may include both traditional and non traditional materials.
Metalwork: soldering; forging; etching; repose; raising; enamelling; hammering; stone setting; plating; engraving.
Non-metal processes can include techniques taken from textiles; plastics; paper etc
Gem setting (also classified as a sub-craft of goldsmithing – see entry for further details).
Jewellery polishing and finishing (also classified as a sub-craft of goldsmithing – see entry for further details).
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
There are fewer colleges offering jewellery at degree level, although there are many more independent colleges springing up.
There are issues for our trades, e.g. stonecutters; engravers; polishers and platers finding young apprentices.
There are also issues, particularly for London-based jewellers, finding affordable workspace.
Craftspeople currently known
Jewellery has a very healthy amount of craftspeople, including those who have specifically trained in the area and craftspeople who, although trained in other areas, find jewellery to be a viable way to make a living over their original craft.