Here at Melanie Casey, we love those who work to make their dreams come true,. Melanie herself started working in the jewelry world with a little training and a lot of drive. We recognize the barriers that exist when it comes to getting started in this business, and we want to create an opportunity for the right individual to join our team as a bench jeweler. We are seeking applications for our Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship program.

Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship

Do you possess a fine eye for detail and an immense amount of patience? If you have always wanted to be a bench jeweler but lack the education and training to make your dream a reality, Melanie Casey invites you to apply to be our Bench Jeweler. This is a paid position, with a year-long training commitment before the bench apprenticeship begins, in our studio in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA.

At the start of your work here, you will be our Wash Out Specialist, taking charge of cleaning the jewelry, maintaining our polishing and cleaning equipment, and working with our polishing machine, the Murua machine. This is a very challenging task, and most suited to someone with a lot of patience and attention to detail. 

As you work for one year as the Wash Out Specialist, you will have access to all of our shop tools - including your very own bench. After hours, you are encouraged to explore the craft of fine jewelry making and refine your skills.  You will also have access to the knowledge and many years of experience of our fine jewelers, including Melanie herself. We will also sponsor your attendance at a jewelry class during this year. You will be able to sit in on all quality control meetings and demonstrations in our studio. The goal is for you to learn, practice, ask questions, and refine your making skills until you are ready to move on from Wash Out Specialist and into a bench jeweler apprenticeship at the conclusion of the year. If we determine that you are ready, we will invite you to join the team as a full-time bench jeweler.

Experience required:
  • You do not need to have any experience, education, or background with jewelry. This is an opportunity to fast-track that process and learn.
  • You must have a previous interest in jewelry making. This is not a design job, and you will not be designing pieces - you will be learning how to make them.

Skills required: 
  • Must have worked with a flex shaft or dremel, and have comfort with motorized tools
  • Knowledge of the skills required for jewelry making
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Able to manage chaos 
  • Enjoy repetitive tasks
  • Patient and able to manage demanding projects
  • Able to handle chemicals and small parts in a safe and organized manner
  • Responds well to constructive criticism 
  • Flexible and able to adapt to an ever-changing workflow
This is an unheard of opportunity in the world of fine jewelry, as most shops require a four-year degree and experience to start on the bench. As such, we will be extremely selective in our choice of a candidate. The most important factors we will consider are your self-motivated drive and your willingness to learn.

To start the application process, please answer the following questions and submit it along with a cover letter, resume, and references to We will be performing background checks on candidates, and will require one written recommendation during the second phase of the application process.

  • What makes you interested in our Wash Out Specialist/Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship Program?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will be uniquely suited to this position?
  • Please describe examples in your professional or personal life in which you exhibited patience, perseverance, and a drive for success.

The Wash Out Specialist will have a pay rate of $13 per hour. If your progress meets our expectations after the one-year commitment, you will be invited to become our Bench Jeweler Apprentice.

The entire Melanie Casey team is so excited about extending a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our next team member! We are a close-knit group, and we look forward to helping you along your way to becoming a Melanie Casey bench jeweler.

All submissions are due no later than December 11, 2017. 


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