Join jewellery or silverware 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 produce jewellery or silverware using advanced joining techniques. These will vary according to the specifications, instructions and design briefs. You will select and prepare the materials for your work and apply specialist techniques such as soldering, hinging and riveting. 

You will work autonomously following designs and take personal responsibility for your and for the quality and accuracy of the work you carry out during and on completion of the jewellery or silverware production. You will 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. join previously formed components using advanced joining techniques in line with project needs
  2. produce permanently joined components by **advanced soldering techniques in line with project needs
  3. design methods to enhance the appearance and strength of joined jewellery or silverware components 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 project needs
  5. rectify any defects in line with industry best practice
  6. check the final product meets the specification in line with industry best practice

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. safety precautions to be taken during the joining of components
  2. range of advanced joining techniques
  3. range of materials to be joined (both precious and non-precious, metallic and non-metallic) and associated joining method
  4. the importance of selecting the correct materials and methods of joining and fixing components to achieve maximum strength
  5. the importance of dry assembling multiple components together before carrying out the joining operations
  6. how to check that finished work meets the specification required
  7. common defects and how to rectify them
  8. best practice in advanced joining within chosen jewellery or silverware industry
  9. how to check work pieces for dimensional accuracy


1.         Advanced joining techniques include:

​​Group 1 - Jewellery

    1. soldered joints
    2. mechanical joints
    3. hinge/knuckles
    4. riveting
    5. screw threads



      Group 2 - Silverware

    1. soldered joints
    2. mechanical joints
    3. hinges
    4. riveting
    5. ​threads with taps & dies

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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; silverware; design; technique; product; manufacture; join; silverwork; metallurgy; advanced; complex; expert