1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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4983-13 Gem Cutter and Polisher

Cuts, shapes and polishes rough gemstones to produce fashion or industrial jewels.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • assesses job requirements and studies rough stones using magnifying equipment
  • marks out cutting guidelines with ink and stylus
  • cuts or divides stones to approximate final shape, using precision hand and power tools and jigs
  • secures stones and shapes, cuts angles, smooths and polishes
  • checks cutting progress and accuracy
  • resecures cut stones and applies fine polishing equipment
  • may polish stones in tumblers

Diamond Cutter
Opal Polisher

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