How do silversmiths make silver

Silversmith

What do silversmiths do?

Silver is a precious metal and the basic material for medals, silver coins and jewelry. But silver can also be used to make larger objects, such as B. cups, bowls, trays or cups are made. For this purpose, silversmiths not only use silver, but also copper or brass, which they then silver or enamel. They orient themselves to the wishes of their customers or design their own small works of art, which they add, for example, with precious stones or fine engravings.

Silversmiths ...

  • design and manufacture silver jewelry, vessels, trays and cups
  • alloy (fuse different metals together), melt silver and form silver, wires, pipes
  • make casting models
  • produce various closures with the associated mechanics
  • manufacture frames (frames e.g. for gemstones)
  • treat and design surfaces, e.g. B. by grinding and polishing
  • refurbish, repair or remodel silver jewelry or other items made of silver

Silversmiths with a focus on metal ...

  • design and manufacture jewelry, but also mugs, jugs and bowls

Silversmiths with a focus on enamel (enamel coating) ...

  • design and manufacture enamel jewelry, vessels, wall decorations or objects

Silversmiths work for ...

  • artisanal silversmiths workshops
  • Jewelry stores

As a rule, they are also trained there.

Who is the job for?

Applicants should ...

  • have artistic talent
  • work skillfully and carefully
  • Have a sense of colors and shapes and fashion trends

What is particularly good?

  • the creative work
  • you can see "your" product
  • dealing with precious metals and stones

How is the training structured?

Entry requirements

In principle, no specific previous training is required for the start of the apprenticeship. Most companies, however, expect a secondary school leaving certificate, some also require a technical college entrance qualification (Mittlere Reife).

Around two thirds of the training takes place in the form of joint professional training and the last third in the chosen specialization. The training company and the trainee decide in which of the two main areas the specialization takes place:

An intermediate examination takes place before the end of the second year of training. The training ends after three and a half years with a journeyman's or final examination

Training allowance

The amount of the training allowance varies depending on the economic sector and region, sometimes even depending on the company. The respective collective bargaining partners, i.e. the employers' associations and trade unions, agree on how much you will earn during and after your training. They can give you precise information. You can find out which employers' association or trade union is responsible for your training occupation, for example, from your Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Chamber of Crafts, Guild, the professional association or the local employment agency.

What can I do with my job later?

Vocational training is the first step towards professional life. Then it goes on, for example as a master silversmith. The goal can of course also be professional independence.

It's clear:

Nobody has to do the same thing in the same job all of their lives. On the contrary: Anyone who wants to have good chances on the job market or as a self-employed entrepreneur today has to be flexible and receive regular further training.

There are plenty of courses, courses and seminars to specialize in, such as: B.

  • Precious metal processing
  • Jewelry, engraving and other techniques
  • Goods and sales customer

Under certain conditions, e.g. B. several years of professional experience, various training courses are possible, including:

  • Trainer (responsible for training apprentices)
  • Master silversmith (requirement for self-employment in the trade)
  • Designer specializing in metal - jewelry and equipment, precious metals or gemstones / jewelry

Under certain conditions it is also possible to study fine arts at an art academy.

Brief info

Silversmiths ...

... design and manufacture silver jewelry, vessels, trays or cups.

Applicants should ...

... have artistic talent, have a good imagination, work skillfully and carefully, have a sense for colors and shapes

Who is training?

Goldsmith workshops, jewelry stores

Career advancement

z. B. Instructor (responsible for training apprentices), master silversmith (requirement for independence in the trade), designer specializing in metal - jewelry and equipment, precious metal or gemstone / jewelry

Particularly good is ...

... the creative activity that you can see "your" product and the handling of precious metals and stones.

Duration of training?

3.5 years

Earnings during training and at work?

Information is provided by the chamber, guild, employment agency, professional association, employers' association and trade union.