Currently viable crafts


Jewellery making


The making of precious and non-precious studio jewellery, including non-metals, but excluding pure gold (see goldsmithing) or silver (see silversmithing).


Status Currently viable
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


Local forms



  • 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.


Support organisations

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.


Other information