I had just turned 20.
I was working at a jewellery factory in New York, working full-time and enjoying a decent lifestyle.
In a few months, I was going to be the youngest jeweller in the US.
Then I got my first serious rejection letter from a jeweller who I’d worked with for a few years.
I went back home and began researching.
What I found was quite depressing.
I knew I was an apprentice, I had a degree in art and design, but I had no experience in jewellery making.
My mum had already taught me the basics of jewellery manufacturing, and that was it.
That’s when I realized there was a lot of ignorance about the profession, and about what jewellery is all about.
Jobs for jewellers are so much more than jewellery, they’re about creating meaningful relationships, and building communities.
So I decided I wanted to do something different.
As a result, I decided to enter a three-month apprenticeship programme for jewellery makers, and it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about what it means to make jewellery.
It was also an opportunity to give back to the community.
During the three months, you work with a team of jewellists, which includes jewellery experts, jewelliers, and jewellery designers.
Your jewellery skills and expertise are valued.
You’ll learn new skills, such as how to properly cut and sew jewellery pieces.
And the jewellist who works with you is passionate about the craft.
Once you’re through this apprenticeship period, you can move on to a three year apprenticeship and go back to full- time work.
What I learned I could use the skills I learned at my apprenticeship to help other jewellierys in the industry, and create new opportunities for my clients.
The biggest thing I learnt is that jewellery makes the world a better place.
If you’re looking to get into the jewellery industry, I hope this article will help you to make an informed decision about what you want to do with your life.
If this interests you, I’d also love to hear from you.
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