What's It Like to be a Jeweler?
Have you ever wondered what is it like to be a jeweler? Or how they are able to create such interesting and unique designs? I've always been curious about jewelry work so I asked Eric Glumpe a few questions about his experience as a jeweler…
Are you ready for this? Here we go!
When did you first start?
I started making and repairing jewelry when I was 18 years old.
How did you feel?
Of course, when you first start something, you will feel a bit nervous. Over time I realized - hey, I'm not too bad at this! I'm pretty awesome.
What do you like about being a jeweler?
The ability to be creative and the challenge. We all need a good challenge every once in a while. I've had customers come to me with a stone and say "Make this into something. I trust you." Right there, my brain starts going into this mode where ideas just start pouring.
I had this one couple come in with this beautiful fancy cut Opal. They told me to set it in a ring, any ring. They brought in just the stone and no idea in what kind of setting they wanted the Opal to be set in. So I had to do my homework searching for the best setting I could find for the Opal.
The setting I found had round diamonds accenting on the top four corners of the ring. It looked perfect with the Opal. I had the couple come in to make sure they loved it as much as I did before I set the stone. Once they gave me the nod of approval, I went to work. Of course, I added an extra touch to not only make it even more intriguing, but it also better secured in the Opal.
The couple was so pleased with my work. I think that feeling - the emotion of joy, excitement, and happiness - that they gave off would be another thing that I love about being a jeweler.
As a jeweler, what is the work you do most often?
Hmmm… possibly ring sizing would be the most common type of repair.
What is your most memorable job?
Now this is a tough question. There has so many memorable pieces. Maybe because it is more of a recent custom job, but I would say the Autism Awareness puzzle ring wins the prize. It was a huge ring. There was a lot of sculpting and polishing work involved in that one.
I hope you guys enjoy! Thanks for reading!
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