In todays competitive jewellery industry the only way to excel is through unique and saleable designs. A strong foundation in jewellery design is the basis for many jewellery career paths.

Not sure if you can draw jewellery?  With this intensive program you can 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 mini portfolio of creative designs and leave with a clear understanding of how to transfer your ideas to paper in preparation for the next important step, the manufacturing of the piece.

What you will learn

Basic Creative Drawing

Basic Creative Drawing

Learn the tools and techniques for drawing, sketching and tracing including enlargement, reduction and creative variation. You will also learn various techniques to enhance your creativity.
Working With Major Forms

Working With Major Forms

Learn about the principles and how to manipulate major forms, which allow you to accurately draw jewellery from various views and angles.
Designing with Gemstones

Designing with Gemstones

Foreshadowing happens when the tilting or curving of a shape causes its appearance to look shorter and thus, affecting important measurements. 90% of communication issues between designers and their factories come from errors in foreshortening. You'll learn useful information on how and where foreshortening develops, and work towards more complex jewellery designs.
Settings, Findings & Component parts

Settings, Findings & Component parts

An impressive sketch can help you close a sale on the spot; knowing how to sketch efficiently and effectively in front of a customer is a useful skill which will make you indispensable in a jewellery environment. Learn to sketch quickly and with confidence to impress your clients.
Design Principles and Course Review

Design Principles and Course Review

Professional designers are always prepared to respond confidently when their customers asks challenging questions about budget. Costing is a complex process with factors to consider - you'll learn how to estimate: gemstone values; metal weights and costs; and manufacturing and operating costs.

Course instructors

  • Tanja Sadow

    Tanja Sadow

    Tanja is an award winning jewellery designer with more than 4 decades of experience educating the jewellery industry across 4 continents. Dean and founder of JDMIS, Tanja works with aspiring artisans as well as top jewellery brand team members to help them achieve brilliance in their careers. Read More
  • Neelam Lara

    Neelam Lara

    Neelam is a passionate and trained professional jewellery designer from GII, (Gemmological Institute of India) with over 2 decades of industry knowledge and experience. She has had the privilege to design fine and couture Jewellery for various companies and Jewellery shows all over the world. Read More
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  • Tools and materials

    Tools and materials

    Students will receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. This course includes all the tools, drawing and reference materials needed in order to draw fantastic jewellery.

  • Learning path

    Learning path


    This course offers a design experience. At the end of the workshop, participants will have designed their own jewellery.

    Pre-requirements: None

    Next Step (Tradiional Jewellery Design Specialisation): JD200 - Classical Jewellery Design 2: Technical drawing and Counter sketching.

    Next Step (Complementary Design Specialisation): DD100 - Digital Jewellery Design 1: Fundamentals of Digital Jewellery Design (CAD).

    Participants attending and completing this programme as a stand-alone certification can choose to enroll for the Fine Jewellery Design Diploma.

  • Duration


    30 hours

    1 week (Full-time), or
    5 weeks (Part-time)

    JDMIS runs week-day, weekend and weeknight courses for this popular course. JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return without cost for refresher courses (subject to availability).

  • Course fee

    Course fee

    SGD 1,900

    Course fee is inclusive of GST as well as all tools and materials provided during the course.

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Students' reviews

  • Very clear step-by-step on the techniques and skills and lots of useful and revelant content.

    - Li Ling (Singapore)

  • Even though I am not the neatest in drawing, I have learned the basics of jewellery and fundamentals of designing through this great course

    -Lazima S. (Sri Lanka)

  • Focused content and lots of guided practical steps. Content is well explained.

    - Soon Ping M. (Singapore)

  • Practical, fun, hands-on knowledge with a patient instructor.

    - Yi Peng (Singapore)

  • JDMIS is is a brilliant institute for someone looking out to pursue their career in gems and jewellery. The course that I did (Jewellery Design) is superb and very interesting!

    - Kasvi T. (India)

Course Summary

    • Generation of Creative Ideas
    • Elements & Principles of Design
    • Jewellery Essential Drawing Techniques
    • Gem Settings and Findings
    • Gem Drawing
  • One of the below proofs of proficiency in English is required:
    C6 in English at GCE O-Levels
    IELTS score of 5.5;
    TOEFL score of 500 (Paper based test);
    TOEFL score of 173 (Computer based test);
    TOEFL score of 61 (Internet based test);
  • SG$1,900 (Inclusive of GST and equipment)
    30 hours, divided into 5 lessons part-time or full -time.