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Jewellery Design


Jewellery Designing is a very rewarding career option for anyone entering the world of designing. An individual who has a good sense of fashion and accessories, as well as pays great attention to detail is an ideal candidate for a career in jewellery designing. Jewelry is a type of accessory that individuals have used to adorn their bodies for decades. Jewellery designers may work with boutiques, retail chains, or jewellery manufacturers, where they put their expertise to practice and create new and unique designs. Having gained ample experience in this field, many jewellery designers go on to work independently, either freelancing or launching their own brands and collections of designer jewellery.

Career Opportunities in Jewellery Design

  • Boutiques
    Jewellery designers work in designer boutiques to design, and create luxury pieces that are customer pleasing and go with their style and taste.
  • Retail Chains
    Jewellery designers often tie up with retail chains to design and create pieces that appeal to the mass audience and are put for sale at all locations of the retail brand.
  • Television and Film Industry
    Jewelry Designers work in the film and television industry to design and create custom pieces for actors and actresses playing various roles. They often study the plot of the film and understand the characters.
  • Accessory designing houses
    Jewellery designers work in accessory designing houses to design and create jewellery that resonates with the ideology and style of the firm.
  • Jewellery Designing firms
    They work in Jewelry Designing Firms to design and create jewellery that resonates with the ideology and style of the firm.
  • Goldsmiths
    Jewellery designers in this role work exclusively with gold and often go past ornaments to design and create other objects, like gold pots and plates.
  • Gemmologists
    Jewellery designers specializing in gemology, design jewellery with gemstones often for luxury and therapeutic purposes.
  • Independent Jewellery Designers
    Independent designers create their own brand of jewellery to cater to a niche market of their own.
  • Freelance jewellery designing
    Freelancers in jewellery designing either create their own brand of accessories or take up projects independently with other designers to design and create pieces that complement the apparel to be worn with it.

How to Become a Jewellery Designer

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Pass Class XII in Any Stream Pursue B.Sc. Fashion Designing/ B. Des. Accessory Design/ B. Des. Jewellery Retail and Export Management for 3- 4 yearsPursue Masters in Fashion Design/ M. Des. Accessory Design for 2 years-
Path 2
Pass Class XII in Any Stream Pursue Diploma in Fashion Designing/ Diploma in Jewellery Designing for 1 yearPursue Advanced Diploma in Fashion Designing/ Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Designing-
Path 3
Pass Class XII in Any Stream Pursue B.Sc. Fashion Designing/ B. Des. Accessory Design/ B. Des. Jewellery Retail and Export Management for 3- 4 yearsStudy Abroad and Pursue Masters in Fine Jewellery Design/ MA Design (Jewellery) for 1 -2 years-

Important Facts

  • Practical, industrial experience is a must. This can be achieved via internships or upon getting a job.

Leading Institutes

Top Jewellery Design Institutes in India
College Location Website
NIFT, Delhi Delhi www.nift.ac.in/delhi
IIT Multiple locations www.iitb.ac.in
National Institute of Design Multiple Locations www.nid.edu
ARCH Academy of Design Jaipur www.archedu.org
Vogue Fashion Institute Bangalore www.voguefashioninstitute.com
National Institute of Jewellery Design Ahmedabad (Diploma in Accessory and Jewellery Design) www.dsiidc.org/nij/courseoffer.html
Indian Institute of Jewelry Design Ahmedabad (Diploma in Accessory and Jewellery Design) www.iij.net.in
Amor Design Institute Ahmedabad (Diploma in Accessory and Jewellery Design) www.amordesign.org
India International Trade Center Pune (Diploma in Accessory, Fashion and Jewellery Design) www.iitcworld.com
Exterior Interior Limited Kolkata and Multiple location (Diploma in Fashion and Jewellery Design) www.exteriorinteriors.com
Hamstech Institute of Fashion & Interior Design (HAMSTECH), Panjagutta, Hyderabad (Certificate course in Jewellery design) www.hamstech.com
Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery Jaipur (Bachelors, Masters, Diploma and PG Diploma in Gems and Jewellery Design) www.iigjdelhi.org
Top Jewellery Design Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Pratt Institute New York www.pratt.edu
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston www.massart.edu/#!BLRSummer
International Gemological Institute Multiple Locations www.igiworldwide.com/jewelry_design_course.html
International Career Institute Australia www.ici.edu.au/courses/design/jewellery-design
The Italian International Institute Italy www.ldminstitute.com
London jewelry school London www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Jewellery Design Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NIFT Entrance January-march General Ability Test (GAT), Creative Ability Test (CAT), Situation Test www.nift.ac.in/admissions.html
FDDI - AIST July Mathematics, General Science, General Awareness www.fddiindia.com/admission-new/admission.html
AIEED April-June Awareness of design, Comprehension, Visual Ability, Lateral Thinking, Reasoning psychological, analysis www.aieed.com
UCEED Visual and spatial ability, Observation and design, Sensitivity, Environmental and social Awareness, Analytical and logical Reasoning, Language and Creativity, Design, thinking and Problem solving, etc. www.iitb.ac.in/uceed/2016

Work Description

The work of a jeweler designer is designing and often making jewellery by means of variety of materials, including gold, silver and precious stones. Typical work of a jewellery designer includes:
  • Discuss a design or have brief with clients
  • Creating/visualising an idea and producing a design by hand or through computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Create models of jewellery which will be manufactured in bulk by other staff or machinery
  • Create custom designed jewellery for individual
  • Source gemstones, precious metals and other jewellery parts
  • Cut, polish and set gemstones or other materials like resins or wood to use in jewellery designs
  • Use tools and other equipments like soldering irons, electroplating cell, etc
  • Managing business activities like financing and marketing, if working on a self-employed basis

Pros & Cons of a Career in Jewellery Design

  • The job profile allows you to express yourself creatively.
  • You get the opportunity to design for the top brands.
  • With experience and time, you can start your own business.
  • It is a very lucrative field.
  • There is a lot of competition in the area, especially for the self-employed designers.
  • The demand for jewellery generally fluctuates with the state of the economy of the country.
  • You have to work in accordance with the demands of the clients, which may restrict your creativity.
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