When you see a spectacular piece of jewellery resting upon a graceful neck, immediately, you experience a desire to touch, to admire. Human beings have always had more than a passing interest in objects lumped under the enormous jewellery umbrella.
Then of course there's that familiar clichéd constantly doing the rounds in your brain that only a jeweler’s son or daughter can make it in this profession, and there's no scope for anybody else. That's where you are quite wrong.
Jewelery designing, as a career, may have been once limited to the traditional kaarigars (who mostly played the dual role of designer-cum-manufacturer) but with the global upsurge, which brought in its wake changing perceptions of what jewellery should mean to a woman; came the demand for professionally trained and qualified jewellery designers, at par with international standards.
This is not to say that the traditional craftsman does not stand today. Where the trained designer scores over the kaarigar is that the former is aware of trends, and the specifics of jewellery designing.
And it's no longer only about carving design on metal, because avenues like marketing and production, or even tapping the vast export market the opportunities are endless and constantly growing.
Today jewellery design as a career is steadily grabbing international attention. India has produced award-winning jewellery and accessory designers
Jewellery Designing Eligibility Criteria
There are many Certificates, Diploma programmes being provided by different institutes. Various institutes, all over India, offer diploma courses in jewellery designing. A student has to take an aptitude test and interviews before qualifying in a jewellery design institute.
Even Crash courses are being offered to the working professionals and students. A student can be from any field or any background, but an art background does help in the long run. One can enroll after 10+2 to the different diploma programmes.
Jewellery Designing Skills & Attributes
In this profession one can learn everything while getting trained. However, one must have a passion for the profession. A sense of design is essential. Precision and attention to detail are also important factors for a successful jeweler. One should be very creative, artistic and technically sound. It's also important to have a working knowledge about manufacturing of jewelary. One should be aware of Market trends too.
Jewellery Designing Job Prospects
One can work in any of the following sectors:
As a freelance designer, the job involves drawing a design as per the specifications of the jewelers’ house. One also needs to supervise the manufacturing of the jewelery by the craftsman of the jewelery house.
- Jewelery Designing House
- Export House
- Fashion House
- Freelance Designing
One can take the help of an Export House which can in the process of reaching global market through. Most of you can start your own business by setting up a production house. One can even sell designs under one’s own brand name.
Jewellery Designing Remuneration
Professionals trained in the field of Jewelery designing can start their careers with a salary of Rs.6000-Rs.10000. this field has ample opportunities for creative and talented professionals.
Jewellery Designing Institutes
29, Gurukul Chambers,
- Gemology Institute of India
Mumbadevi Road, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Nirmal Towers, 10th Floor
- Indian Gemological Institute
26 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
- St. Xavier's College
5 Mahapalika Marg
SNDT University Campus, Santa Cruz, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
- The Jasami Department of Jewellery Design & Manufacture
65/1 GST Road, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
- Small Industries Service Institute
katargam, GIDC, Sumul Dairy Road, Surat (Gujarat)
- Indian Diamond Institute
Canada- Indian Institutional Cooperation Project
- Dr. Dhamambal Government Polytechnic for Women,
Thanamani, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Rajasthan Bhavan, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
- The Indian Diamond Institute, Gem & Jewellery EPC
114, Arun Chambers, Tardeo Road, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
- Vakall's Academy of Jewellery Design
VileParle W, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
- ShriBhaubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic
- Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council
NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh)
- Jewellery Design and Training Institute (JDTI)
Paldi, Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
- National Institute of Design (NID)
South Extension Part I, New Delhi
- International Institute of Fashion Technology
Noida (offers four long term courses and twelve specialised short term courses).
- Jewellery Design and Technology Institute (JDTI)
Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi.
- South Delhi Polytechnic for Women
- Gemstones Artisans Training School Jhalana Mahal,
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
- Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016
- Tata Mills, Parel, Mumbai 400 014
- Sector III, Salt Lake City, Calcutta 700 091
- GIDC Electronic Estate, Gandhinagar 382 010
- Chenatha Bhavan, Nampally, Hyderabad 560 001
- Co Optex Bulding. Egmore Chennai 600 008