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

Sketching is practiced in actual size, with proportions in mind, and attention to detail specifically to negative as well as positive spaces. Quick enlargement, reduction and distortion techniques enhance even more creative variation. Understanding major shapes and forms, and an introduction to viewing jewellery in different views (top side and end) helps in communicating ideas and putting them clearly on paper.
Working With Major Forms

Working With Major Forms

Major Forms are the essential building blocks of realistic drawing. Use major forms to simplify complex designs into components, making it easier for you to translate creative ideas into stunning drawings.
Designing with Gemstones

Designing with Gemstones

Understanding Gem cutting styles and important industry standards for length-to-width ratios, all the typical gem cuts are explored in all three views. Gem terminology is discussed as is when to use faceted, cabochon and fancy shapes to create perfect gemstone designs. Discover how to use charts which help to determine the estimated weight of gem materials in your selection.
Settings, Findings & Component parts

Settings, Findings & Component parts

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, each different type of setting capable of offering a different end result.
Design Principles and Course Review

Design Principles and Course Review

Learning about the elements and principles of design provides the vocabulary and understanding to relay our jewellery designs as effective, aesthetically pleasing, or visually arresting. Knowing the Elements and Principles is yet another avenue for inspiration and for creative drawing. Experimenting with these useful tools enables us to produce design of substance and meaning.

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

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

    - Li Ling (Singapore)

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

    - Yi Peng (Singapore)

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.