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Other names for Goldsmith:

  • Designer Goldsmith
  • Jeweller
  • Jewellery Caster
  • Jewellery Chainmaker (Hand Made)
  • Jewellery Modelmaker
  • Jewellery Mouldcutter
  • Jewellery Mouldmaker
  • Jewellery Quality Controller
  • Jewellery Repairer
  • Jewellery Wax Carver
  • Platinumsmith


Youtube clip – A Career as at Goldsmith

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Goldsmith?

A Goldsmith is usually included with various careers in the jewellery-making industry.  They may even be Jewellery designers. 

They work with gold and various precious and semi-precious stones.

Goldsmithing is one of the oldest professions dating back hundreds of years. 

Goldsmiths work for large jewellery manufacturers or for small private ones.

What does a Goldsmith do?

  • builds good customer relations
  • understands the customer’s exact requirements
  • designs and draws
  • is safety conscious at all times
  • sets gems (precious stones) into the various jewellery pieces
  • repairs jewellery
  • polishes jewellery
  • gives appraisals (written valuations) of the pieces
  • keeps records

Are you … ?

  • passionate about the jewellery business?
  • good with your hands?
  • a person with good hand-eye co-ordination?
  • detail orientated?
  • patient?
  • creative?
  • interested in chemistry?
  • honest and reliable?
  • a person with a head for business?

How do I become a Goldsmith?

Most Goldsmiths study a jewellery design course.  See under Jewellery Designer for more info.


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Jewellery Manufacturing in a Production Environment Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Jewellery Manufacturing Operations Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Jewellery Manufacturing Level 2
  • Learnership – Jewellery Manufacturing in a Production Environment Level 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Jewellery Design Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • TVET (FET) Certificate in Jewellery Setting Processes – NQF Level 4
  • This can be done at some TVET colleges
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Goldsmith without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Industrial Designer … or … Locksmith

Is becoming a Goldsmith the right career choice for me?