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Gem Cutter Career

by DarinClark2004 Posted 19th Jul 2009 at 12:20 AM - Updated 29th Aug 2009 at 8:11 PM by DarinClark2004 : Added link to teen and elderly version
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This is my latest creation, the Gem Cutter career. This is a base game compatable career but it should be compatable with all expansion packs as well, nor will it overwrite any of your base game careers either (it has its own GUID.) The career reward for this career is the punching bag because it was the most appropriate of the base game career rewards. Each level of the career is listed below first with the title, the wages per day, days of work and the hours of work. After this list is a description of each level along with the requirements in order to attain that level. Lastly, this career comes with 10-chance cards, one for each level.

1. Digger – M-F – 135 – 5am-12pm
2. Sifter – M-F – 185 – 6am-1pm
3. Cataloger and Sorter – M-F – 285 - 6am-1pm
4. Polisher – M-F – 500 – 9am-6pm
5. Distributor – Tues-Sat – 650 – 9am-6pm
6. Buyer – Everyday – 850 – 6am-6pm
7. Appraiser – Thurs-Mon – 1100 – 6am-6pm
8. Market Appraiser – M-F – 1400 – 6am-6pm
9. Cutter – M-F – 1800 – 6am-4pm
10. Master Cutter – Sun-Thu – 2400 – 6am-4pm

Digger = No requirements
This job is the very definition of manual labor. In the jewelry industry the days of going deep into dark mines are long gone, but the days of baking in the hot sun shoveling up piles of rubble left by a strip-mining machine are here to stay. You spend hours each day either digging your way though mounds of dirt and rubble, or hauling mounds of dirt already shoveled by others over to the sifters for inspection. You are covered in dirt and grime from the time you get there to the time you leave, and you are usually already exhausted by the time the Sun rises.
These are long and hard hours for very little pay. You could actually be earning more money and have less work to do if you were a grave digger. Build up your body for this type of labor and maybe one day they will make you a sifter instead. It is still hard work but at least it is more money.

Sifter = 3 body
Long and hot days of digging have got you promoted to being one of the sifters since an opening has become available. Now most people think that a sifter’s job is sifting through mounds of rock and soil to find whatever precious materials can be found within, but the fact is that the machines do most of the work nowadays. Your job is keeping a sharp eye on one of three conveyor belts and to pick out the precious materials and gems as they roll on by. This is a lot less physical than the actual digging but it can be more mentally exhausting.
Work on your cleaning and mechanical skill to keep your eyes sharp. The only way to get promoted from this position is by being able to handle large amounts of rock and soil deposits and to make sure that nothing valuable gets past you.

Cataloger and Sorter = 2 mechanical, 3 body & 2 cleaning
A position as a cataloger and sorter has become available and since you have the most time in on the sifting line, you are the next-in-line for the position. As a cataloger you have to sort through piles of stones and samples, recognize them for what type they actually are, and sort the precious ones by type and estimated value. This is a much less laborious position than being a digger or sifter, but it is also a way of telling you that you just may not be supervisor material. At least you get to work in a barn-like metal shed instead of being out in direct sunlight all day.
Since you have been given this subtle hint that they are probably not ever going to make you a supervisor, you will have to work your way to being promoted to the lab instead. Work on your cleaning and mechanical skills more, as these will be the skills that they are looking for when they want to promote someone to a lab position.

Polisher = 3 mechanical, 3 body & 3 cleaning
You have found a way into the lab by way of accepting a polisher’s position. They call this place a lab but it is actually an old abandoned military hangar. Here you spend all day putting stones found at the sites through a series of rock-polishers so they can be easily seen for their color and brilliance. After you are done polishing the stones distributors can easily sell them to the actual cutters. Sure, this lab has a few of its own amateur cutters but the market is not fair at this time and it is currently more profitable to have the distributors sell them to other cutters in bulk than risk loosing possible quality by having the gems cut by amateur cutters.
There is a definite hierarchy in the lab and lines are not to be crossed under any circumstances. Work on your charisma as you are going to have to suck up to the buyers in order for one of them to promote you to a distribution position. Being a polisher is a lot nicer than being out in the site but it can also be a grave of a dead-end position.

Distributor = 4 charisma 4 cleaning 3 body 3 mechanical & 2 contacts
You have become a distributor and now work primarily from your company vehicle more than anything else. The company car is now your transportation, office, board room and break room all in one. Your job is to receive orders from the buyers and get them to the appraisers and cutters who placed the orders. You thought that there would be more selling involved as a distributor but the office hierarchy will not allow you to do work that they feel should be handled only by the buyers. It is a battle of long and hard hours and very little hands-on experience with the next job-level above you.
Your next progressive step would be to somehow become a buyer, but they keep you at arms-length so you cannot actually see all that they do in their position. They seem to have only three sources in which they ever even talk to; their blackberry, their cell-phone and their therapists. Sure, they are the main line of communication between the distributors below them and the appraisers above them, but they very rarely, if ever, talk to anyone face to face. If you want to eventually be promoted and become one of them learn how to network your means of communication and your contacts because communication and being reachable are the name of the game from this point on.

Buyer = 6 charisma 4 cleaning 3 body 5 mechanical & 5 contacts
You have done it! You have become a buyer in the gemstone world! You are the main line of communication from the cutters and appraisers to the labs where they attain the materials they need to work with. You are a one-man trinity but instead of being the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, you are your cell number, your website and you all rolled into one. You cannot live without the two others and they would be useless without you, but together you are a vessel of organization, supplies and distribution. You are living a never-ending poker game and you can never allow anyone to see all of the cards you are holding.
The authority and prestige of this level are highly addictive but the stress level has you going to a therapist as the only human being that you trust anymore (including your own family). This is the dream for many but the stress is killing you. You are holding on good for now but you are eventually going to have to rejoin with the normal world with a type of specialist position. Perhaps you will want to become a type of appraiser? After all, you are already used to the workload and the less stress while maintaining all of the prestige that you have earned could be a very nice change of pace.

Appraiser = 6 charisma 6 cleaning 3 body 5 logic 5 mechanical & 5 contacts
Now that you are used to the way that the market actually works you have selected to take up a specialist position as a jewelry appraiser. Now you can understand why the buyers do not allow the distributors to see how their job actually works; they do not want to scare the buyers off and they rely upon them way too much. As an appraiser however you can earn even more money than a buyer and you do not have to turn yourself into a one-man rat race. You are now working as a type of authority expert to the buyers for evaluating the various markets so they can maximize their sales and profits while competing in those markets. Your only limitations are how many areas you specialize in and how well you know those areas.
You are now earning your professional prestige through knowledge of your field and not just the knowledge of the people in the field. This requires you to be quite a bit more knowledgeable about your field rather than just maintaining the right contacts within it. If you show your competence in this position, contacts will actually seek you out so, work on your logic and charisma instead.

Market Appraiser = 7 charisma 6 cleaning 3 body 7 logic 5 mechanical & 5 contacts
You have become the authority when it comes to rubies. No other appraiser in the market knows more about their value than you. You can tell not just where in the world they would be willing to pay more for them, but what color, cut, brilliance and clarity the buyers be looking for in them. When professionals talk about appraising such stones, your name will always be mentioned as if you were the main authority on the subject. You know what cutters to send your distributions to in order to get the maximum quality from the stones, and you know exactly how many you can release into the market to keep it from becoming saturated. You can also tell just by looking at a stone if a master or an amateur cut it.
You have seen how the actual cutters work and you know that most of them know how to cut a ruby into a shape the general public expects to see displayed in various pieces of jewelry, but every now and then you see a ruby that personally you would have cut slightly differently. Just because the public expects to see them cut in a certain way does not mean that the cut was the best way to bring out that particular ruby’s color or brilliance. You bet that you could invent a new type of cut that the public has never seen before but they would also be drawn to far more than the traditional cuts that they see every day. Work on your craftsmanship and attention to detail as you think you could actually be ready to make the transition to cutter if you work hard enough at it.

Cutter = 7 charisma 8 cleaning 3 body 7 logic 8 mechanical & 6 contacts
You have found yourself in a position of a cutter. You have studied rubies and other gemstones for so long you know not only how to make a cut and where to make the cut, but you also know exactly where to start on any given gem to bring out the heart of its color and brilliance. You have been thinking about your own signature style of cutting for quite some time and you have seen enough gemstones that you know what you are talking about, but still to this day you do not quite have enough craftsmanship to signature your own cutting style. You would probably end up looking like an amateur and your lack of skill would cut down the value of any gemstone you cut. For now you will stick with more traditional styles until you have mastered your craft.
It can be a long and patient transition from being a normal cutter to being a master but do not worry, you are on the right track. Just be patient and learn the skills of your chosen trade. It is not like there is that much professional competition out there for you to fight with. There are a lot of amateurs out there that claim to be professional cutters but you are a real cutter and you know the real thing when you see it. With a bit more skill and a lot more patience, you will eventually become the real thing.

Master Cutter = 7 charisma 10 cleaning 3 body 7 logic 10 mechanical & 8 contacts
Your patience has paid off and you have become known as a Master Cutter. You pursued the field of gemstone cutting with the idea of only one signature cut, but since that time you have learned and mastered several such cutting styles. An appraiser can take one look at a gem and see if the cut was actually made by you or just a cheap amateur trying to mimic your style. You are both a celebrity and a dark secret all in one. You know that one chip from your chisel can mean the difference between a 1,000-simoleon jewel to a 50,000-simoleon jewel. Your hands and skill are just as valuable as the stones themselves and you can take pride in the fact that you are an actual living treasure.

The teen and elderly version of this career can be found here .


Additional Credits:
harlequin_eyes for helping with spelling and grammar
Sally_Nyman for the inspiration of the original idea.



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