How to become a jewellery designer: Chloe's story

Meet Chloe and find out about her life as a jewellery designer at ChloBo. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

The thing I love most about my job is seeing people wearing my jewellery, seeing them wearing it and enjoying it.

  • Chloe works closely with designers and sales people. She comes up with the creative ideas, and her head designer will draw them and bring them to life. They want to create an appealing range of jewellery, which will be on trend and sell well
  • Chloe says she wasn’t academic at school but she loved Drama and Art. She got five GCSEs and worked for her dad for four years, before going travelling and finding inspiration from a jewellery maker on the beach
  • Chloe says it’s been tough not coming from a business background. She’s had to learn about cash flow, wholesale prices, retail prices and profit margins
  • Her advice for anyone wanting to make it in the jewellery industry is to believe in yourself, to have a creative mind, an eye for detail and an eye for fashion
  • And it’s a real buzz for her when she sees her jewellery on celebrities – like Cheryl Cole on The X Factor!

Chloe runs her own business and is the creative mind behind the brand.

What to expect if you want to become a jewellery designer

  • Jewellery designer salary: £16,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Jewellery designer working hours: 40 to 42 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a jewellery designer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need a Foundation Studies Diploma in Art and Design or one to two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or a national higher diploma and two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree in related subjects like Jewellery Design, Jewellery and Metal Design, 3D Design Crafts or Art and Design.
    You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship with five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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