Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

Degrees offered: B.A., B.Des, B.Sc., B.Voc., BFD, Diploma, M.A.

What is Jewellery Design

Through a jewellery design course, at both under-graduate and postgraduate levels, students can execute their creative design inspirations into a materialistic and usable piece of jewellery. If jewellery design aspirants want to polish their drafting, designing and shading theories, then this course will help them to do that. 

From this course, one can learn how to add an expensive and ostentatious touch to the piece of ornament. Jewellery creation has been prevalent in our country for more than a few decades. 

Beautiful yet plain bead-work was a significant part of the economic investment from ancient times. Now, in modern-day, we see a lot of exquisite and fine work on different metals and different kinds of gemstones. 

Vast knowledge of artistry related to jewellery designing will help students to translate the theory onto the metals or gems and create a sophisticated design. One needs to grasp the functioning properties of the drafting tools to hone the skill of illustration. 

In jewellery designing, there are a few kinds of virtuosity that need to be conquered. They are - setting stone, electroplating, enamelling and colouring of metals. From brainstorming of streaks of creative pouring of ideas to the physical presentation of the same, this field of study will only enhance your expertise. 

The most important factor that students of jewellery design should keep in mind while doing the detailed artwork is if the design is wearable or not. Unless it is usable, it has no scope to be an investment of both time and money. 

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Jewellery Design

Eligibility Criteria for Jewellery Design Courses 

For students at under-graduate level, the eligibility criteria are - completion of 10+2 or any equivalent exam with minimum passing marks at least and students of all streams can apply for this exam (from arts to commerce, this course is for all who have interest in this particular field).

  • For a diploma in jewellery design, there is no entrance exam. Selection is made based on 10+2 marks/percentage.

  • For students at post-graduate level, the eligibility criteria are - completion of bachelor’s degree in the related field from any recognized university and students from the not-so-related field can also apply if they have the streak of skill set required for jewellery design.

Entrance Exams for Jewellery Design

Generally, there are some very popular and esteemed colleges which take admission of students based on three steps - firstly, a written entrance exam is conducted. Secondly, students need to sit for a group discussion or practical round and ultimately, in the final step, students have to give a personal interview where they will be asked to show their portfolio. Portfolio showcasing matters the most in this field of study as it gives a clear view of your creative instincts and adeptness. There are certain well-known entrance tests that applicants must consider applying for - 

  1. All India Entrance Exam for Design - This online entrance exam is conducted by Arch College of Design and Business. Upon qualifying this exam, students can get admitted in both UG plus PG levels of design courses. There are two stages to this exam. Candidates are tested on two things - creative aptitude and general aptitude.

  2. GD Goenka Design Aptitude Test - Passing this exam will open doors of fashion and design courses at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Two rounds need to be cleared to get a green signal for admission. Those are - Design Aptitude Test and Personal interview.

  3. Pearl Academy Entrance Exam - This institute offers courses in three fields - fashion, design and business for all those students who want to succeed in the aforementioned areas. Here, too, there are two phases - entrance exam followed by personal interview round. Pearl Academy, since its establishment in 1993, is known for selecting the best of the best aspirants.

This academy selects students based on several qualities like - creativity, focus level, aestheticism, leadership quality, expressive communication skills, and so much more.

  1. GLS Institute of Design DAT - This institute in Ahmedabad provides an opportunity for aspirants to get admitted in either a four-year-long undergraduate course or a five-year-long integrated masters course in jewellery design, apparel design, graphics design, environment design and few others.

Scope of Jewellery Design in India and Abroad

From being designers of jewellery to being manufacturers of jewellery, this is a lot of potential and scope in this domain. After completion of the jewellery design course, the scope of opportunities available are mentioned below in a list format - 

  • Part of the jewellery industry as a designer

  • An analyst of jewellery trends

  • Manager of all designs to be materialized

  • Writing informational and useful blogs about jewellery

  • Using social media to sell your jewellery designed and manufactured

The icing on the cake of professional jewellery designing would be well-equipped information about these aspects - CAD, Matrix, CorelDraw.

Course Fees Jewellery Design

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
24.00 K
BFD in Jewellery Design at Central India Institute of Mass Communication, Nagpur
36.00 K
B.Voc. in Jewellery Design at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
12.25 Lakhs
Dual Degree in Jewellery Design at GD Goenka School of Fashion and Design, Gurgaon
36.00 K
B.Voc. in Jewellery Design at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
30.00 K
B.Sc. in Jewellery Design at Techno Global University, Shillong
Data not available
8.49 Lakhs
P.G.D in Jewellery Design at Pearl Academy, West Delhi Campus, New Delhi
Data not available
16.50 K
Diploma in Jewellery Design at Subharti College of Fine Art and Fashion Design, Meerut
4.70 K
Diploma in Jewellery Design at UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad
20.00 Lakhs
Diploma in Jewellery Design at Pearl Academy, West Delhi Campus, New Delhi
4.70 K
Diploma in Jewellery Design at UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad

Course Subjects

Syllabus for Jewellery Design

The available under-graduate jewellery design courses and excerpts of topics from their syllabus is listed below -

B.Des jewellery design - some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • Foundation of design
  • Elements of design
  • Computer-aided design
  • Merchandising and marketing ideas
  • Instruments for design
  • Methods of design
  • Digital representation
  • History of jewellery
  • Advertising of design
  • Gemology and setting of gemstones

BA jewellery design - some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • Introduction to jewellery design and its various concepts
  • Material exploration through the study of cultural history
  • Communication skill
  • Computer skill
  • Visual and presentation methods
  • Gemology
  • Jewellery rendering
  • Ergonomics
  • Anthropometry
  • Logic and data-based design system

B.Com in jewellery design and technology - some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • Fundamental concepts of jewellery design
  • Rendering of metal and gemstones
  • Gemology
  • Drawing
  • Marketing plus advertising plus brand building
  • Historical design along with the history of jewellery
  • Cost-based designing
  • Advance knowledge of CAD

B.Sc. in jewellery design and management - some of the broad topics covered in this course are:

  • Jewellery design - it includes several sub-topics like introduction and history of jewellery design, SD methodologies of design, one research-based project completion and also the development of your portfolio
  • Gemology - it includes several sub-topics like physical/optical/basic qualities of gems, applications of crystallography, identification of individual gemstones and their stimulants.
  • Diamond Grading - it includes several sub-topics like the uniqueness of diamond, cutting/polishing of diamond, knowledge of 4Cs - grading for - colour, clarity, cut and carat.
  • Jewellery Manufacturing - it includes several sub-topics like properties of metals and alloys, fusing, cutting, bending, soldering, joining finishing 

BBA in jewellery design and management - some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • Communication skills
  • Management skills and principles
  • Jewellery business in India
  • Accounting and quantitative techniques
  • Organizational and business and behaviour economics
  • Financial and information management system
  • Legal aspects of the business
  • HR management
  • E-commerce

Diploma in jewellery design - some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • History of jewellery
  • History of art
  • Diamond grading
  • Merchandising
  • CAD
  • CAM
  • Marketing and processing
  • Branding and the Indian market
  • Metallurgy
  • Client designing
  • Personality development
  • The basic idea of designing on Corel

Careers in Jewellery Design

There is an insurmountable number of career opportunities, if candidates clear the jewellery design under-graduation and postgraduate degrees. The prospects are listed below -

  • Entrepreneur

  • Designer

  • Manager of production, brand and retail store

  • Quality Controller

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Job Profiles for Experts in Jewellery Design 

Candidates who have succeeded in finishing their degree in jewellery design can opt for some of the job profiles mentioned below - 

Job Profile

Job Description

Jewellery designer

A jewellery designer’s headache is to deliver fresh designs within a deadline through layered artwork. Their illustration is what the manufacturers have to execute.


A gemologist has the following duties to fulfil - finding out the genuineness of the gem, determining the quality of the gem, specifying the pricing of the gem and stating the composition of the gem.

Jewellery Consultant

A jewellery consultant is someone who bears the duty of showing jewellery items to the customers according to the specifications given by them. In a nutshell, jewellery consultants assist the customers.

Brand Manager

A brand manager is solely responsible for digital and non-digital marketing of the jewellery brand keeping the market trends in mind. He/she has to plan, process, create strategies and execute the plans.

Retail Store Manager

A retail store manager has the authority to hire and fire employees. Also, he/she has to do first-time orientation, hence, train each new employee.

Top Recruiters in Jewellery Design 

We have listed down some of the best and top recruiters in this (jewellery design) career option -

  • Tanishq

  • P C Chandra Jewellers

  • Kalyan Jewellers

  • Myntra

  • Gitanjali Jewellers

  • Malabar Gold and Diamonds

  • Inter Gold India Limited

  • Schachter Jewellery

  • Amrapali Jewels

  • Orra Jewellery

Required Skillset for Jewellery Design

  • Visual Imaginative Prowess - Unless students can imagine or envision how a piece of jewellery would look upon manufacturing, then the designing wouldn’t have a beginning at all.

  • Fine Eye Quality - There is a lot of controversy about designs not being impeccably minute. Often, certain artworks need to be intricately detailed, and for that, students need to have a fine vision and even finer artistic skill.

  • Creative Nature and ability to make innovations - There is no point in replicating other jewellery designs if you want to gain name and fame in this industry. Everyone is allowed to be inspired but forbidden from plagiarizing.

Copying any form of art, including jewellery designing, is unethical. Students of jewellery design must have the dexterity in being creative by nature and having the power to create new designs, not replicate old designs.

  • Understanding of the market trends - Being unaware of the past and present jewellery design trends in the market signal your loss. If you are oblivious to the way the cost of a particular metal is surmounting or if you are oblivious to the type of heavy or light designs that are in fashion, then you will surely face economic loss in your business. Having a decent knowledge of marketing would be beneficial.

  • Excellent communication and intrapersonal skills are needed as there is teamwork involved. Unless jewellery designers or jewellery manufacturers communicate actively and create a sense of comprehensible understanding in the team, the work would be very tough to tackle.

  • Sound information about all kinds of metals and gems - Manufacturing jewellery pieces require a lot of cost management and usage of numerical measuring skills. Also, there is the task of pricing the items to be sold. These aspects vary from metal to metal and gem to gem. So, profound knowledge about metals and gems would be highly helpful.

Course Curriculum for Jewellery Design

A bachelor’s degree in jewellery design can either be of three years or four years. If it is a master’s degree in jewellery design, then the duration is two years. Diploma in jewellery design is a one year course divided into a two-semester system. 

PG degree in jewellery design has four semesters in total during the two-year duration. The course list or subjects taught in various jewellery design courses will be listed below. So, keep scrolling. 

Questions related to Jewellery Design

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What is the future in jewellery design and textile design??

Akash 20th Mar, 2020

Hey divya

Textile design is essentially the process of creating designs for woven, knitted or printed fabrics or surface ornamented fabrics. Textile designers are involved with the production of these designs, which are used, sometimes repetitively, in clothing and interior decor items. Graduates of a degree program in textile design can go on to create textiles in a variety of industries and at a variety of career levels. Some of these include: Fashion textile designer Product developer for interior design Home furnishings textile designer Quality assurance inspector for textiles Weaver Freelance textiles artist Textile supply chain manager Textile marketing manager Quality assurance manager of textiles Research and development analyst Textiles production manager.

Jewelry designers work with precious metals, diamonds, beads and gemstones to create wearable pieces of art. A jewelry designer may create one-of-a-kind pieces for high-end jewelers or an entire line for a mass-market fashion designer. They may also sell their jewelry themselves. Designers can create jewelry entirely by hand or they can begin the design process by using computer-aided design (CAD) software. The duration of a graduation in Jewellery design is approx 3 years though some colleges also have 4 yrs specialization programs.

Hope this helps. All the best.


how can I prepare for jewellery design

TANUJ JAIN 15th Mar, 2020

Hello Rakesh!

Jewellery Design is a field wherein professionals Design as well as create jewellery. The entire process of making jewellery is quite complex and requires technical expertise. Before any jewellery piece is created, a design for it is conceptualised through a detailed drawing which is made by a jewellery designer.

A Jewellery designer is a person who is trained in such a way that he/ she has architectural as well as functional knowledge of different material, composition, fabrication techniques, wearability as well as market trends.

In order to become a jewellery designer, aspirants can pursue a course at the undergraduate (UG) or post graduate (PG) level. Popular UG courses that candidates can pursue at the UG level include BDes in Jewellery Design, BSc in Jewellery Design, BA in Jewellery Design and BVoc in Jewellery Design. On the other hand, PG courses that candidates can pursue in this design specialisation are MDes in Jewellery Design, MSc in Jewellery Design and MBA in Jewellery Design. Apart from degree courses, candidates can also pursue diploma or certificate courses in jewellery design.

Well here's a list of colleges providing the above course.

Hope this was helpful!

Best of luck!

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