1) Jewellers Anvil
Jewelers anvils are some of the smallest and lighted anvils available, with most models only weighing a few ounces. Although they may seem fragile, they’re actually incredibly durable and a necessary tool for most goldsmiths.
Jewelry piers are a handheld tool primarily used to hold or bend small objects. They are typically made of metal and feature a rubber-coated handle on one end and pincers on the other end. The core of the plier is typically made up of a box joint, which is also common in blacksmithing tongs.
3) Wire Cutters
Wire cutters are a very useful tool when working with jewelry making materials. Wire cutters are much more effective at cutting pieces of wire than regular scissors and do not wear out easily.
4) Jeweler’s saw
A jeweller’s saw is an extremely effective tool in jewelry making. The purpose of this tool is to cleanly cut material without bending it. Jeweller saws can cut through metal, wood, fiberglass, and other materials commonly used in jewelry making.
5) Hand Files & Needle Files
Hand files are very useful tools that should be a part of every jewellery maker’s kit. Files are also available in different shapes, including flat and half round shapes and are made of metal with an abrasive surface. Files may or may not come with a handle as many people prefer to purchase their desired file prior to fitting a handle to it.
6) Finishing tools
There are many different finishing tools available for jewelry making. Some of these tools include buffs, brushes, and sanding tools. Buffs allow you to create a lustrous finish on the workpiece surface.
7) Bench Hammer
The bench hammer is a great tool for shaping materials. There are different kinds of jewellery hammers available that are suited for different purposes. Some of these hammers include ball pein hammers, mallets, planishing hammers, and chasing hammers or goldsmith hammers.
8) Drill bits & Rotative Tools
A set of drill bits can be very useful to have in any goldsmith’s or jeweller’s workshop. They are attachments that can be used with a power drill to create holes and patterns are hard materials and surfaces.
9) Bench Vise
A bench engraving ball vise is a great piece of equipment to have in your jewellery making arsenal. This is a tool that can be easily attached to your workbench and provides a firm grasp on your workpiece, freeing up your hands.
10) Engraving Tools
Engraving tools for jewellery making are available in different shapes. These tools can be flat, round, or beveled and can allow you to chisel or carve out specialty shapes into stones.
11) Flexible shaft and shaft tools
A flex shaft motor acts as an attachment to a drill that allows the jewelry maker to complete drilling and finishing tasks without having to hold onto a heavy drill in the process.
12) Soldering Torches & Tools
Since working with different metals is intrinsic to the craft of goldsmithing and jewelry making, soldering is also a very common task that takes place when working on a project that requires joining two pieces of metal. The type of solder used largely depends on the type of metal being joined in the soldering process.
13) Vernier Calipers & Divider Calipers
Vernier calipers and divider calipers are useful measuring tools for goldsmithing and jewelry making. It can allow you to measure small distances with high precision. Oftentimes they are used to measure the inner or outer diameters of circular shapes or the depth of a hole.
14) Burrs and burr sets
Jewelry burs are steel tools that are used to shape and design patterns on stones and other jewellery pieces. They are typically sold in sets and feature different shapes at the end of the burrs in order to grind out different shapes or details.
Since goldsmithing and jewelry making typically involves working with materials and pieces that are not much bigger than the side of your thumb, it can be a challenge to see the small details of a workpiece with our regular eyesight.
1) Jewellers Anvil