A good sketch can close a sale; effective renderings reveal the designer's spirit and build excitement for the design; accurate technical drafts communicate fabrication requirements to any jeweller. Together with a focus on practical, beautiful and comfortable design, these skills ensure competence and understanding in this most creative and limitless field.

Learn, from first principles, the fundamentals of jewellery design. No prior design or art experience is required. By the end of this course you will complete a portfolio of designs and leave with a clear understanding of how to design beautiful jewellery that is durable, saleable and suitable for manufacture.

Course outline

In order to be a great designer, you must understand the technical aspects of accurate drawing and drafting as well as master the techniques to quickly applying creative variations to existing shapes and designs. Starting with foundation techniques and essential jewellery knowledge, progress to producing fast, creative sketches and accurate top, side and end view drawings of beautiful, durable, practical jewellery.

  • Basic Drawing Techniques

    Basic Drawing Techniques

    The tools and techniques for drawing, sketching and tracing are introduced and practiced. These include enlargement, reduction and application of creative variation to jewellery lines, use of basic forms and combinations of these techniques to rapidly produce creative, unique pieces of jewellery!

  • Drawing Gemstones

    Drawing Gemstones

    Master drawing all the common gem cuts in all three views. Understand when to use faceted, cabochon and fancy shape gems and how to use common length-to-width ratios for most typical cuts create perfect gemstone designs.

  • Settings and Findings

    Settings and Findings

    Settings and findings keep the gem on the metal and the jewellery attached to the wearer. Learn about the hundreds of types of findings designers use, and many exciting ways to set gemstones into your jewellery designs.

  • Advanced Technical Drawing

    Advanced Technical Drawing

    The ability to draw rings, pendants and earrings in top, side and end view is critical to communicating with your manufacturer; avoiding costly mistakes and frustrating delays. Rings introduce the challenge of foreshortening in technical drawings: Learn professional drafting techniques to with more complex jewellery designs.

  • Costing of Jewellery & Jewellery Trade Practise

    A good designer does more than just design! Throughout the course, learn about jewellery trade practices such as requirements gathering, customer sign-off, and even in-depth jewellery costing including weight, gem and manufacturing cost estimation.

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