You did not indicate you lived in Minneapolis in your Orchid post,
but I clicked onto your website link and discovered you are local!
Congratulations on pursuing your career in jewelry arts and design.
Have you spoken to any jewelers/designers here in Minneapolis? I
know seeking employment is not easy, especially entry-level, but
perhaps I can help as I know a lot of independent jewelers and
I have been looking for someone to help me out in my studio, but I
have made arrangements with a friend who is a gem stone cutter to
come in later in June to start training. She is pregnant, so her
help will only be short-term, so there could be some potential for a
part-time position later in Summer/Fall when she will need time off.
Also, I have a friend who owns a jewelry store in New Prague and he
may be looking for someone because I know one his people quit
There will be other opportunities too, it's just knowing where to
look and who has something to offer. Unfortunately, it's very rare
to find something with full-time hours and a full apprenticeship
right away, at least in Minneapolis I have found that to be true.
If you are flexible and eager to learn, you will find success. Every
door opens to another.
In my studio, my business partner and I design and create all of our
inventory so we would be looking for someone to essentially assist
me in the finishing processes, ie. casting, finishing, polishing,
soldering and assembling, and maybe some light stone setting.
Currently, I do it all. I am a certified bench jeweler by the
Jewelers of America and my partner is a Graduate Gemologist. We
operate a state-of-the-art shop equipped with CAD/CAM technology and
a CNC lathe, a laser welder, an induction casting machine, mass
If I can help you, I will do my best. If you want to contact me or
have questions, feel free to e-mail me or call me at my studio.
All the best!
SaraSara D. Commers