Form jewellery components using advanced techniques

Business Sectors (Suites): Jewellery Manufacture, Silversmithing and Allied Trades
Developed by: Creative & Cultural Skills
Approved on: 14 Aug 2015


This standard covers the skills to design and form advanced jewellery components using advanced jewellery techniques such as multi part items, hand piercing and plier work.  When using this standard you may work on your own, or be working with others on projects, or you may also need to instruct a machine or computer aided design to complete some processes.

There is a focus on planning and implementing the production process as well as communicating design ideas to others where applicable.  In some circumstances you will be required to communicate instructions and to use a range of hand and machine techniques appropriate to the type of material being used.

You will take personal responsibility for your actions and for the quality and accuracy of the work carried out. You need to be able to recognise any defects, to determine the appropriate action to rectify them and to ensure that the finished work meets the required specification.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. plan production of jewellery components using advanced techniques in line with project needs
  2. produce design specifications with work schedule instructions in line with industry best practice
  3. produce jewellery components using range of advanced techniques in line with project needs
  4. complete initial checks that components are dimensionally accurate, the forming is correct and there are no excessive marks visible in line with industry best practice
  5. dry assemble the components to confirm the components fit to the specified tolerance before final fixing in line with project needs
  6. fix components using advanced techniques in line with project needs
  7. communicate production needs to others in line with project needs
  8. implement the production plan for jewellery components in line with industry best practice
  9. check the work for defects in line with project needs
  10. take action to rectify any defects detected in line with project needs
  11. complete the work to the given specification in line with industry best practice

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. safety precautions to be taken when using hand and machine tools
  2. methods to illustrate and communicate ideas for jewellery design
  3. methods used to calculate dimensional information for producing components
  4. methods of creating advanced three-dimensional jewellery forms
  5. techniques, processes and theory of general gemmology to provide secure settings in jewellery designs
  6. physical and working properties of materials associated with jewellery
  7. tools, materials and processes suitable for making jigs or aids to create advanced components
  8. additional forming techniques to fabricate advanced jewellery
  9. CNC, laser and advanced technologies available in the production of jewellery
  10. how to check finished work pieces for dimensional accuracy to the required specifications
  11. how to check that finished work meets the specification required
  12. common defects and how to rectify them
  13. best practice in advanced forming within chosen jewellery industry


  1. Advanced techniques for forming jewellery components include:​
    1. make custom tools/jigs
    2. formers, swages mandrels
    3. drawing metal
    4. multi part items
    5. hand piercing
    6. plier work

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Indicative Review Date

14 Aug 2018





Originating Organisation

Creative & Cultural Skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Design Associate Professionals, Skilled Trades NEC

SOC Code



Jewellery; design; technique; product; components; silverwork; metallurgy; advanced; complex; expert