The Bench Jeweler is primarily responsible for providing high quality setting, repairing, cleaning, and maintaining jewelry
or merchandise consistent with Company quality standards and services. This position may also assist with the custom
design and manufacturing of diamond and gemstone jewelry for clients.
The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Provides excellent customer service by completing work assignments timely, with a high level of precision and quality.
· Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces using jewelers’ tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
· Make repairs such as: enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, retipping, prong replacement, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
· Evaluate jewelry and use own judgement to make necessary repairs based on instruction from master jeweler.
· Cut and file pieces of jewelry.
· Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place using setting and hand tools.
· Properly uses hand fabrication, stone setting, laser welding, finishing, casting, and other jewelry manufacturing tools following industry guidelines and Company policies.
· Smooth soldered joints and rough spots using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
· Assist with the creation of jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
· Takes inventory at the end of each work shift to ensure all jewelry pieces are accounted for and properly secured.
· Adheres to all safety-related procedures and encourages others to think safety first.
· Maintains a clean work area in compliance with Company policies.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills and Abilities:
· Teamwork – Effectively collaborate with coworkers in a team-oriented environment.
· Attention to Detail – The ability to focus on small details, thoroughly completing work tasks, and double check work.
· Integrity – requires the highest level of honesty and ethics.
· Vision – The ability to see details at close range, or through a microscope, and to distinguish color.
· Arm & Hand Steadiness – The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
· Finger Dexterity – The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
· Manual Dexterity – The ability to quickly move your hand, hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
· Control Precision – The ability to adjust the controls of a machine quickly and repeatedly or to exact positions.
· Innovation – The ability to think creatively and find alternative solutions or ideas to find answers to jewelry design, repair, or manufacturing problems.
· Organization, Planning, and Prioritizing Work –the ability to prioritize, delegate, and adapt multiple tasks simultaneously.
· Written Comprehension & Expression – The ability to read and communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
· Oral Comprehension, Expression & Clarity – The ability to listen, understand and communicate information and ideas audibly so others will understand.
· Knowledge or experience with machines and tools used in jewelry repair and creation preferred
· Laser welder experience a plus.
· GIA Certification preferred.
· Knowledge of various types of gemstones and diamonds preferred.
· Basic Math skills.
· Availability to perform under pressure and meet deadlines.
· Ability to work some weekends and flexible shifts.
· High School Diploma or GED preferred
· Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
· Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with Company policy.
· Must be able to lift and carry up to 15 lbs.
· Must be able to talk, listen, and speak clearly on telephone and in person.
· Must be able to work in a small space (work bench) for extended periods of time.