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Crown jeweller Being appointed as the crown jeweller for the UK’s royal family is one of the rarest opportunities in the world. But don’t let that put you off – even though it’s an unbelievably prestigious role bestowed on only a handful of people in history, it’s important to set your sights high (or just let your mind lapse into a daydream for a little while). One thing British royalty are known for is their immense collection of highly valuable jewels. But what is one to do with all their jewel-encrusted crowns, diamond brooches, ruby rings and pearl necklaces? And how on earth is one supposed to keep up with all the cleaning and repairs such a collection needs? Well, rest easy knowing that no one in the royal family is staying up late to polish the Queen’s precious coronation crown. That’s the job of the crown jeweller, and what a mighty job it is. The type of job only suitable to jewellers with decades of experience in making, repairing and cleaning priceless antique and vintage jewellery, the crown jeweller is appointed by the monarchy to care for the Crown Jewels and the personal jewellery collection of the Buckingham Palace residents, which is valued well into the millions. Travelling to the palace at least once a week, the crown jeweller must ensure that the collection is preserved, clean and safe from damage. Having access to such a collection is certainly a big deal, so this immense role typically goes to top-tier jewellers with a proud history in this type of work. Apart from having the knowledge and ability to clean, repair and care for antique jewellery, the crown jeweller must have a firm understanding of royal protocol and a good handle on ethics (no you cannot borrow that tiara for the night). Having a careful nature is essential – can you imagine being the person who accidently damages the Crown Jewels?

Gaining regular access to such an intimate part of a monarch’s life is a major benefit to this job, as is the well-paying nature of the role. Getting your mitts on some of history’s most important items of jewellery is the stuff of dreams. The crown jeweller gets the chance to handle a tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth II or a spoon used by royalty all the way back in the 12th century, much to the envy of every jeweller, history buff and staunch monarchist around the world. This creative career is truly fit for royalty.

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: No degree necessary. Experience required: Extensive experience in handling, caring for and cleaning antique jewels of high worth. Training: Anyone who takes up this role is expected to already have all the skills required. Buckingham Palace isn’t in the business of running training programs. You must already be the best of the best. Restrictions: Must be able to live and work near Buckingham Palace. Security clearances also apply.

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I can get paid for that?  

NOTE: This e-gallery is for press purposes only. No images or other copyrighted materials seen here may be reproduced. Contact patrick@smi...

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