As a kid if you have been moulding jewelry pieces out of clay from your play kit, being a jewellery designer will let you replace the clay with precious metals and gems to craft the most exquisite ornament for leading international brands.
Jewellery designers conceptualise the style and patterns for various jewellery brands. With the industry not restricted to just precious metals, designers have a wide range of raw materials to work with – such as paper, terracotta to Swarovski crystals and many other props.
There are several institutes offering diploma, degree and certificate courses in jewellery designing. For most of these courses, students must have completed class XII from any stream of a recognised institution. At the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar, students can opt for a Bachelors of Fashion Technology (BFTech) in jewellery and precious products.
NIFT (New Delhi) offers a three-year diploma course in accessory design, which includes jewellery designing.
There are also courses available at the Jewellery and Design Technology Institute (JDTI), Noida, and Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery, Mumbai and SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai which offer a range of courses in jewellery design and technology.
“Jewellery designing courses teach you basics on metals, gemstones, stone settings, designing. You need to be creative and have a knack for detailing. Keeping up with changing fashion trends, understanding metals, and having computer designing knowledge are all essential attributes for designing. Creativity and imagination are of utmost importance,” said designer Renu Oberoi.
“The industry has been growing steadily now. Jewellery is part of the Indian culture. Hence, anyone who has an interest in drawing and styling can make it big in the industry. Once the students have trained themselves, they must take up an internship with a jewellery house to understand the working of the trade,” said Shehzad Zaveri, creative director, Minawala jewellers.
Industry sources say professionals can expect to earn between Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh depending on the brand they are associated with. The profession also gives one an opportunity to become a jewellery evaluator, grader and sorter of precious stones like the diamonds.
Jewellery Design & Technology Institute | Noida National Institute of Fashion Technology | Gandhinagar and New Delhi campus National Institute of Jewellery Design and Technology, New Delhi S.N.D.T. University (Women College) | Mumbai