Gem Sawyer

Gem Cutter

Diamond Cutter

Diamond Grinder

Minimum 12th

At least 1-2 years of relevant work experience

The tasks that a Gem Grinder, Machine is expected to perform include:

Grinding precious stones to required shape and size by machine

Fixing roughly shaped stone, after sawing or cleaning, in dop (metal device to hold stone) with shellac

Fixing dop in machine spindle and positioning it in centre

Placing other stone in another dop and fixing it in hand-rod

Starting machine and pressing hand -rod with stone against revolving stone in spindle to rough out uneven surfaces

Checking stone frequently while grinding with magnifying glass to grind it to required shape and size

Proficient in checking stone frequently while grinding with magnifying glass Knowledge of using electrically operated disc type grinding wheel for grinding stones

Proficient in grinding stone to required shape and size Well versed with using different types of dop according to shape required

Will be updated

An eye for detail

Accuracy in work

Good observation

Good hand eye coordination skills

It is a bench job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not necessary

Contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week for 8 hours every day. This may vary from factory to factory

May have to work in shifts

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)Occupational hazard includes cuts from sawyers, fatigue, back ache, etc.Health hazard includes exposure to chemical, heating lamps, noisy machinery, etc.

For freshers - INR 6,000 to INR 8,000 per monthFor candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 10,000 to INR 12,000 per month(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Growth Estimates and Latest Trends of Gems and Jewellery Sector in India Indian gems and jewellery sector has grown at a CAGR of 22 percent, albeit at current prices, in the last five year period from FY08 to FY13. This has largely been driven by the gold jewellery segment in terms of share (81 percent of the market in FY13) but on a growth rate basis, diamond jewellery has been the faster growing segment at ~24 percent CAGR vis-a-vis gold jewellery at ~16 percent CAGR, in line with the market trends of increasing consumer preference for diamonds and diamond studded jewellery. In the coming years (2013?17), the sector is expected to grow at a slower pace due to increased import duty and enforcement of the 80:20 export rules. Further, competition from other Asian countries, such as China and Thailand in jewellery fabrication will add to the stress on growth.Given the demand across the country, domestic organised players are increasingly looking at expanding their footprint to garner market share. Simultaneously there is an increasing demand from the consumer side for hallmarking and certification proving quality of the products. These two factors have led to a marriage of convenience between organised players and local independent outlets in the form of franchisee or association relationships. In the five years from 2008 to 2013, the market share of organised players has increased from 10 to 22 percent, more than doubling in a five year period. This increasing share will require sales associates and merchandisers with a higher capability in core requisite skills for their roles. All these factors will result in more job opportunities for candidates applying in this sector across India.

Gem factories across India

Gem factories across India


The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery

GIA, India

Delhi Gem & Jewellery Institute

Gemmological Institute of India