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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate product knowledge for a jewellery environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261280  Demonstrate product knowledge for a jewellery environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
9650  Demonstrate appropriate product knowledge to enable working in a jewellery environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who require product knowledge to enter and operate within the jewellery environment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Identify the various categories of merchandise.
  • Identify various precious metals and their simulants.
  • Recognise basic gemstones.
  • Identify jewellery manufacturing processes. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the various categories of merchandise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Various categories of merchandise must include:
  • Findings.
  • Chains.
  • Rings.
  • Brooches.
  • Bracelets.
  • Bangles.
  • Cuff links.
  • Earrings.
  • Tie pins. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various categories of merchandise are identified according to jewellery industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Merchandise under each category is identified according to generally accepted jewellery industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application of the merchandise is described according to general jewellery industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct merchandise is selected from various types of jewellery in accordance with given instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify various precious metals and their simulants. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Precious metals must include identification of any two of the following:
  • Alloyed Platinum.
  • Alloyed Gold.
  • Alloyed Silver.

    Simulants must include but is not limited to identification of any two of the following:
  • Pewter.
  • Zinc.
  • Aluminium.
  • Nickel silver.
  • Stainless steel.
  • Brass.
  • Copper.
  • Plating:
    > Gold plating, Chrome plating, Nickel plating. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hallmarks are identified and described according to precious metal quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Metal fineness is determined in accordance with hallmarking standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The differences between a precious metal and its simulants are recognized and explained in terms of jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of not adhering to correct identification of metals are described in terms of the potential impact on occupational health and safety, productivity and quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognise basic gemstones. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Basic gem recognition must include but is not limited to the following:
  • Diamonds.
  • Rubies.
  • Blue Sapphires.
  • Emeralds. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic gemstones are categorised by colour and type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Physical properties of gemstones pertaining to the incorporation in jewellery are described according to jewellery manufacturing quality standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The physical properties must include:
  • Hardness.
  • Porosity.
  • Inclusions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of incorrect handling, cleaning and maintaining of gemstones are described in terms of potential impact on occupational health and safety, productivity and quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The cut of a gemstone is identified in accordance with gemstone identification standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The cut of the gemstone refers to the shape, and must include the following:
  • Round brilliant cut.
  • Marquise cut.
  • Emerald cut.
  • Baguette cut.
  • Cabochon.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify jewellery manufacturing processes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Manufacturing processes must include but is not limited to:
  • Hand manufactured.
  • Machine manufacture.
  • Casting processes. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various manufacturing processes in the jewellery environment are identified and described in terms of jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Jewellery pieces are analysed and the process of manufacture is identified in terms of jewellery manufacturing standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of incorrect identification of manufacturing processes are described in terms of the potential impact on occupational health and safety, productivity and quality. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:

    Product knowledge for a jewellery environment:
  • Basic knowledge of the jewellery categories.
  • Basic knowledge of gemstones.

    Processes and events:
  • Knowledge of various jewellery manufacturing processes.
  • Exposure to various jewellery manufacturing processes.
  • Distinguish poor jewellery manufacturing quality from acceptable quality.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of equipment.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Adherence to safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify the correct and relevant jewellery categories and gemstones and explain how they are used in the manufacturing process very carefully and logically. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, community.

    Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to understand the importance of working together with others, learning about the jewellery environment while sharing knowledge with fellow learners. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organizing and managing oneself and ones activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to indicate which jewellery categories, gemstones, and manufacturing processes need to be identified and how to deal with it in a safe manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the learner to explain the process, identify and describe the jewellery items and gemstones and their functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion.

    Note: The ability of the learner to explain the function of some jewellery, the value of certain gemstones and the manufacturing processes that would achieve the best results. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The ability to explain the wearabilty of jewellery together with selected gemstones, describing the required health and safety measures to conduct the required production processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note: The ability of the learner to have the knowledge to identify the relevant factors that contribute to the success or failure of manufacturing jewellery - the jewellery items, the incorporation of gemstones through technical processes, and what it hopes to achieve in the rest of the jewellery production process, and as a whole, within the rest of the jewellery industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 9650, "Demonstrate appropriate product knowledge to enable working in a jewellery environment", Level 3, 11 credits.

    Terminology:
  • Housekeeping refers to optimising the use of resources, record keeping, hygiene, health and safety.

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and workplace specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Regulations.
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other Standards.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practices.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.

    Jewellery Industry Requirements:
  • Working Guides.
  • User manuals supplied by equipment manufacturer.
  • The Bargaining Council for the Jewellery and Precious Metals Industry Main Agreement.
  • The employer's work specifications, tariff agreements and policies and Procedures.
  • Regulations as per directives from the Gold and Diamond Branch of the Southern African Police.
  • ISO 9000/1, SANS and other accredited standards and quality assurance measures.
  • A glossary of terms regarding the terminology of the Jewellery Industry. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65049   National Certificate: Jewellery Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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