Since Metalsmith Society's creation in early 2018 I have received regular messages from aspiring jewelers who want to know what tools they need to buy to get started. This is a challenging question to answer if I overthink it, so I won't! I will merely make some recommendations to help get your bench set up and hopefully it will help since there are an overwhelming amount of tools out there! These are just suggestions and for every tool I recommend another ten could also be appropriate. All jewelers acquire their tools over the years, so you can start with these basics and then order things as you need them!
I could keep going and going, however I think this is a decent list to get started! Each item I recommended is linked to Amazon, should you choose to purchase through the link I will get a little something, something. However these items are available at tons of retailers, and shopping local is always nice.
Now that you have some recommendations for tools to get your bench set up there may be follow up questions as to what raw materials are needed. The only recommendation I have here is experiment! Brass and copper are inexpensive metals that can allow you to try different things. Go to your local library and find books with projects and instructions. Watch instructional YouTube videos!