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Jewellery Design is a field wherein professionals design as well as create jewellery. The entire process of making jewellery is quite complex and requires technical expertise. Before any jewellery piece is created, design for it is conceptualised through a detailed drawing which is made by a jewellery designer.

A Jewellery designer is a person who is trained in such a way that he/ she has architectural as well as functional knowledge of different material, composition, fabrication techniques, wearability as well as market trends.

In order to become a jewellery designer, aspirants can pursue a course at the undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate (PG) level. Popular UG courses that candidates can pursue at the UG level include BDes in Jewellery Design, BSc in Jewellery Design, BA in Jewellery Design and BVoc in Jewellery Design. On the other hand, PG courses that candidates can pursue in this design specialisation are MDes in Jewellery Design, MSc in Jewellery Design and MBA in Jewellery Design. Apart from degree courses, candidates can also pursue diploma or certificate courses in jewellery design. 

Jewellery Design Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who want to pursue a UG degree course in Jewellery Design should have completed their Class 12/ HSC/ 10+2 (or equivalent exam) from a recognised board with passing marks.

  • Aspirants from any stream, Arts/ Commerce/ Science are eligible to pursue a course in Jewellery Design.
  • To secure admission in PG level Jewellery Design course, candidates need to have completed their graduation from a recognised college/ institute.
  • Most colleges prefer design graduates to apply for courses offered at the PG level, however, aspirants from other streams can also apply for admission if they possess the required skill-set and aptitude.

Top Entrance Exams for Jewellery Design Course

Most popular design colleges/ institutes have a two or three-step admission process for jewellery design courses offered by them. In order to secure admission in a jewellery design course, aspirants need to first clear a written entrance exam which is usually followed by a studio test (practical exam) or group discussion. Finally, candidates need to appear for a personal interview round in which they usually need to carry a design portfolio containing their work. Some popular jewellery design entrance examinations aspirants should consider giving are:

Top Design Entrance Exams for Jewellery Design Course
All India Entrance Exam for Design GD Goenka Design Aptitude Test
GLS Institute of Design Design Aptitude Test Pearl Academy Entrance Exam

Aspirants can view other popular design entrance exams here.

Jewellery Design Skillset

In order to become a Jewellery Designer aspirants not only need a creative bend of mind but they need to possess the required technical knowledge to ace this profession. Thus, some characteristics that candidates need to possess in order to be successful in this field are mentioned below:

Skills required for Jewellery Designing 

Good communication skills


Visual imagination


Eye for detail

Intrapersonal skills

Adequate knowledge of past & present market trends

Knowledge of different metals & gems

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Jewellery Design Subjects and Syllabus

The syllabus taught as part of a jewellery design course varies from college to college and is also dependent on the degree that is being offered on completion of the course. Some of the common topics that are taught in a jewellery design course offered at the UG level are:

Jewellery Design UG Courses Syllabus



BDes Jewellery Design

Elements of Design, Design Foundation for Jewellery, Gemology, Setting of Gemstones in Jewellery, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Designing with different techniques and ideas, Merchandising, Branding, Digital Representation, Marketing and Advertising, Materials for Design, Accessory Design, International Market, History of Art and Jewelry, Diamond Grading, Export Procedure, Manufacturing Costume Jewellery, Rendering Techniques, Metallurgy and Casting process (Design Theory), Retail Management, Design Theories and Practices, Product Business Planning, Advanced CAD, Methods and Instruments for Design, Indian Market and Manufacturing Process

BA Jewellery Design

Introduction to Jewellery Design, Design Concepts, Cultural Studies, Material Exploration, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Design Studio (Experience/Skill based design collection), Design Studio (Logic and Data-based system design project), Design Studio (Intuition based design collection), Professional Visual And Presentation Methods, Gemology, Body And Adornment (Ergonomics, Anthropometry), International Language, Jewellery Rendering & Presentation Methods, Design Studio (Handcrafted High Fashion Exquisite Jewellery Design Collection)

BCom Jewellery Design & Technology

Fundamentals of Jewellery Design & Gemology, Drawing & Rendering (Metal & Gemstones), Theme Based Designing, History of Jewellery

Cost-Based Designing, Historical Designing, Orthographic Views, Indian & International Jewellery Markets, Diamond Grading & Sorting, Manufacturing Process, Accessory Design, Marketing, Advertisement & Brand Building, Advance Computer-Aided Designing

BSc Jewellery Design and Management

Jewellery designing: Introduction to Jewellery Design, History of Jewellery, Design and Colour Theory, Metal and Stone Rendering Techniques, 3D Design Methodologies, Researching and Developing Theme Based Designs, Jewellery Products & Classification, Designing for Luxury and Retail Jewellery Segments, Designing for Domestic & International Markets, Research-Based Project, Portfolio Development

Gemology: Basic Qualities of a Gem, Methods Employed in Gem Mining, Physical & Optical Properties of Gems, Gem Cutting Techniques, Crystallography & Applications in Gemology, Instruments in Gem Identification, Limitations and Precautions, Synthetics, Composites, Imitation Gemstones, Systematic Identification of Gemstone Groups, Individual Stones & their Stimulants

Diamond Grading: Introduction to Uniqueness of Diamond and Journey from Mines to Cutter, Cutting & Polishing Process, Study of Round Brilliant Cut, Basics of Polished Diamond, Grading using International Standards, History of Cuts, 4 Cs: Grading for Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat and, Identification of Diamond & Diamond Stimulants

Jewellery Manufacturing: Properties of Metals, Alloys, Manufacturing Terminology, Utility & Limitations of Important Tools, Cutting & Blending Pattern and Texture, Fusing and Soldering, Cold Joining, Finishing, Patinas, Stone Setting, Mechanism & Chains, Casting Technology, Hollow Form and Platinum Jewellery

BBA Jewellery Design and Management

Principles of Management, Communication Skills, Jewellery & Gem Business in India, Computer Applications, Quantitative Techniques, Accounting Practice, Organisational Behaviour, Business Economics, Instrumentation Study, Business Taxation, Management Accounting, Ornament Designing, Gemmology, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Production Management, Financial Management, Management Information System, Legal Aspect of Business, E-Commerce, Salesmanship & Retailing, International Trade, Entrepreneurship Development, Advanced Jewellery Workshop

Diploma programme in Jewellery Design & Technology

Drawing Skills: Free Hand, Human Form, and Perspective & Object Drawing, Environmental Exposure, Colour Science, Introduction To Geometry, Form & Space. History of Jewellery, Introduction To Goldsmithing & Metallurgy, Introduction To Gemology, Design Project,

Introduction To Presentation & Documentation, Basic Goldsmithing and Jewellery Making Skills Such As Filing, Cutting, Drilling, Soldering, Alloying, Forging, Wire Drawing & Sheet Rolling, Students Will Learn How To Use All Hand Tools And Workshop Machinery, Practical Training On Individual And Well-Equipped Workbenches, Lectures On Safety Regulations, Technical Exercises Will Be Followed By Design Exercises In Jewellery Making, Presentation Techniques, Design Methodology, Wax Modeling, Introduction Into Casting Technology And The Complete Casting Production Cycle, Polishing And Finishing Techniques, Stone-Setting, Design and Manufacturing Exercise on Jewellery Findings

Etching and Epoxy, Engraving and Enamelling, Repousse, Stamping, Coining and Hallmarking, Electroplating, Quality Control, Maintenance of equipment and tools, Safety, health and environment, Factory and Store surveillance, Sourcing and Replenishment, Export documentation and Money realization, Gemology - Study and Identification of Diamonds and other Colored Gemstones, Research - Domestic and International markets, Photograph Offer- Costing, price analysis and inputs in marketing and promotion, Window display and packaging, Introduction to Photography, Design Collection, CAD Jewellery Designing (Computer-Aided Jewellery Designing)

Comprehensive Jewellery Designing

Visualisation & Representation techniques and Freehand object drawing, Geometry of design, Philosophy of colour, 

Visual Studies: Exploration of Forms and Textures, Introduction of Metallurgy covering all precious metals, Design Methodology, Design Process and Prototyping in the paper, Presentation on Traditional Indian Jewellery, Visit to the Crafts and National Museums, Knowledge of Gems

Presentation Techniques I: Basic 3D Drawing, Stone Rendering, Metal Rendering using different media.

Presentation Techniques II: Basic Technical Drawing including Isometry, Orthography and Perspective drawing.

Presentation Techniques III: Advanced Rendering of faceted & phenomena stones

Presentation Techniques IV: Advanced Technical Drawing

Market Research: Understanding different Jewellery Markets, Design Project-based on Market Research, Window Display and Packaging.

3-day visit to Jaipur

Computer-Aided Jewellery Designing (CAD)

Basic Jewellery Designing

Visualisation & Representation techniques and FreeHand Object Drawing, Geometry of design, Philosophy of Colour

Visual studies: Exploration of Form & Texture, Introduction to Metallurgy covering all precious metals, Design Process and Prototyping in the paper, Presentation on Traditional Indian Jewellery, Knowledge on Gems, 

Presentation Techniques I: Basic 3D Drawing, Stone Rendering, Metal Rendering using different media.

Presentation Techniques II: Basic Technical Drawing including Isometry, Orthography and Perspective drawing.

Lectures and Demonstration of Basic Jewellery Making Techniques

Jewellery Design: Finishing, Polishing & Electroplating

Introduction to Tools & Equipment, Magnetic polishing, Finishing processes including use of files, pendant motors, burs, rubber wheels & emery papers, Polishing processes including cutting & buffing using different brushes, felt laps, cotton buffs, grinding wheels etc.

Textures and finishes, Ultrasonic Cleaning and steam cleaning Handling polished components, Introduction to Electroplating Equipment & chemicals, Different kinds of plating & Galvano solutions, Practical exercises in silver and gold plating, Introduction to part plating techniques & Pen players. Part plating techniques and use of pen players, Safety, Storage & Quality Check

Jewellery Design: Engraving & Enamelling

Cutting process, Gripping, Posture, Magnification, Techniques of marking, decorative engraving, textures and carving to create a surface for enamelling, Basic metalwork, Types of enamels: opaque & transparent, Preparation and application of enamels, Enamelling kilns and equipment, Cloisonne and champleve techniques, Developing design in colour using basic techniques, Textures and special effects, Firing and finishing

Jewellery Design: Stone Setting

Introduction to stone-setting tools including usage & making of Gravers, Gripping, Posture & Magnification, Claw, Bezel and Channel Setting - Theory and Practical, Pave, Flush and Tension Setting - Theory and Demonstration, Introduction to new setting techniques such as pressure & invisible setting, Introduction to the setting of fancy shape stones, Finishing of different types of settings using burs, files, rubber wheels & emery papers, Quality check

Gemology Course

Diamonds: Historical Background, Origin, Geological Timetable, Mining, Occurrence & Major deposits of the World, Crystallography, Physical, Chemical, Optical Properties, Distinctive Features, Inclusions and Characteristics, Treatment of Diamonds and their method of detection/ identification, Flow of Rough Diamond from Mines to Sites, Diamond Trade, Nomenclature and Grading System, Importance of 4' Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat), Types and Forms of Cuts, Instruments for Weight Estimation

Coloured Gemstones: Historical Background, Nomenclature rolex replica sale of Gemstones, Origin, Geological timetable, Mining, Occurrence. Major Gem Stones Deposits of the World, Famous Gemstones, Folklore, influence, Healing properties, Birthstones & Astrological view, Nature of Gem Materials, Crystal Systems, Crystallography, Physical, Chemical & Optical Properties. Inclusions, Characteristics and Sources of omega replica sale best-known Gemstones to Trade, Use of Gemmolite and other Gemological Instruments in Identification, Identification Techniques, Types and Forms of Cuts, Enhancement-Treatments and Methods of Detection/ Identification, Synthetic Stones - Important Properties and Identification Methods, Organic Gemstones and their Physical, Chemical, Optical Properties, Sources & Identification Techniques. Instruments for Weight Estimation, 

Diamond Grading Course

Diamond: Historical Background, Origin, Geological Timetable, Mining, Occurrence, Major Diamond Deposits of the hublot replica sale World, Famous Diamonds, Crystallography, Physical, Chemical, Optical Properties, Distinctive Features, Inclusions and Characteristics, Nomenclature and Grading System, Importance of 4' Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity & Carat), Cut: Round Brilliant and its Facets, Development of the Brilliant Cut, Forms of Diamond Cuts, Types of Brilliant Cut, Modified Brilliants & Fancy Cuts, Symmetry Features, Proportion, Comprehensive Evaluation

Colour: Color Grades - Origin & Nomenclature, Color Grading Systems, Color Measuring Instruments

Clarity: Clarity Grades - Origin and Nomenclature, Clarity Grading Systems, External and Internal Features

Carat: Weight Estimation of Hublot replica sale different cuts such as Eight Cut, Carre, Full Cut, Emerald Cut, Oval Cut, Navettes, Drop Shape along with Instruments for Weight Estimation of Round Brilliant, Plotting and Grading of Cut and Polished Diamonds by Color, Clarity- External and Internal Features, Cut-Symmetry Features, Calculation of Proportions fake Rolex sale and Cut Evaluation. Diamond and its Simulants including Synthetic Moissanite and Synthetic Cubic Zirconia Rado replica along with their Identification Techniques, Diamond Synthesis, Treatment of Diamonds & the methods of Detection/ Identification

Gemstone Identification Course

Historical Background, Nomenclature of Gemstones, Origin, Geological timetable, Mining, Occurrence. Major Gem Stones Deposits of the World, Famous Gemstones, Folklore, influence, Healing replica watches sale properties, Birthstones & Astrological view, Nature of Gem Materials, Crystal Systems, Crystallography, Physical, Chemical & Optical Properties. Inclusions, Characteristics and Sources of best-Known Gemstones to Trade, Use of Gemmolite and other Gemological Instruments in Identification, Identification Techniques, Types and Forms of Cuts, Enhancement-Treatments and Methods of Detection/Identification, Synthetic Stones - Important Properties and Identification Methods, Organic Gemstones and Rolex replica sale their Physical, Chemical, Optical Properties, Sources & Identification Techniques, Instruments for Rolex replica sale Weight Estimation

Jewellery Design: Quality Control (QC) Course

Importance of Quality check, Using 10x loupe, Overview of the jewellery manufacturing cycle, Introduction to stages of quality check, Wax and post-casting checks, Metal, setting and finishing checks, Final quality check, Problem identification and solving

Jewellery Photography Course

Fundamentals of DSLR camera & Macro Lens, Basic DSLR camera functions-theory, Use of Aperture-theory & practical, Use of Shutter Speed - theory & practical, Macro Photography and Lens- theory & practical, Basic Studio setup & jewellery lighting, Studio Setup and light- theory, Studio Setup jewellery lighting - demo, Imaging Box/Light tent - theory & demo, Imaging Box - demo, Practical on studio jewellery shoot, Studio Setup & Imaging Box-practical, Retouching & finishing images on Photoshop, Colour Correction, Using Photoshop Layers, Print and web format, Creating and uploading in the website, Creating personal website and uploading portfolio

Jewellery Design PG Course Syllabus

The course curriculum of jewellery design courses offered at PG level is mentioned below:

Course Curriculum

Communication Skills

Introduction to Computers & Elementary Mathematics

Jewellery Design


Gold and other Precious Metals

Computer Graphics for Jewellery Designing

Manual Designing

Costume Jewellery

Manual Design Gemology

Diamond Grading


CAD Designing - Rhino n Matrix

Jewellery Design Job Opportunities

After pursuing a course in jewellery design candidates are expected to design and make eye-catching jewellery pieces that are in tune with the market trend. Some popular job profiles that candidates can pursue on completing a jewellery design course are as mentioned below:

  • Jewellery Designer: In this job profile individuals use different material such as precious metal, crystals and gemstones in order to create jewellery as well as accessories. The process of jewellery designing requires professionals to create a technical sketch of the jewellery piece that is being made. This sketch is then converted into a model using computer-aided design (CAD) software. After this, the stones for making this jewellery piece are decided. Thereafter, a 3D-printed prototype is made and finally basis this prototype the jewellery is made by performing tasks such as metal-casting, stone-setting, engraving and enamelling.
  • Gemologist: People working under this job profile are gem or stone experts. Gemologists study different aspects of gems as well as stones and thereafter determine their quality, genuineness and value. Gemologists are also tasked with the job of determining the composition as well as purity of gemstones.
  • Jewellery Consultant: People working under this job profile assist clients/ customers in selecting jewellery as per their preference, requirement and budget. 

Top Recruiters for Jewellery Design

Here is a list of top recruiters that hire fresh graduates for Jewellery Designer career options: 

  • Tanishq by Tata Group 
  • TBZ - Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Ltd. 
  • Malabar Gold and Diamonds
  • Kalyan Jewellers 
  • Joyalukkas
  • Amrapali Jewels
  • PC Chandra Jewellers
  • Orra Jewellery
  • Myntra
  • Gitanjali Jewellers

FAQs for Jewellery Design

Q. What are some techniques of Jeweller Designing?

A. There are numerous techniques involved in the making of jewellery and some of them are - Computer-Aided Designing (CAD), Crystallography, 4 C's as well as, cleaning and polishing. For details refer the course syllabus provided on this page above. 

Q. What are the best courses in Jewellery Designing?

A. Some of the best courses in Jewellery Designing are - Bachelor of Design, Master of Design, BSc in Jewellery Design, BVoc in Jewellery Design, MA in Jewellery Desing etc. These are the best courses due to their detailed syllabus and, course methodologies.

Q. What is the course syllabus of Jewellery Designing?

A. All courses in Jewellery designing will be covering syllabus wherein all details of Diamonds, Gold/ Metals, Gemstones etc, are provided as well as, techniques, cuts and process of making fine jewellery. Besides, candidates are taught key details of quality check and other standards for Jewellery Designing. Check the detailed syllabus of Jewellery designing courses as provided above.

Q. What are the best career options after completing Jewellery Design course?

A. Candidates can start their career as a jewellery designer, consultant, buyer/purchaser, marketing and sales, quality analyst, etc. 

Q. What are the top companies hiring fresh graduates of Jewellery Design course?

A. The companies hiring from campus placements include Mynta, Joya Lukas, Amazon, Tanishq (TATA), Malabar golds, Kalyan Jewellers, and more. 

Q. What skills are required for a successful career as a Jewellery Designer?

A. To become a successful Jewellery Designing course, one should have essential skills such as eye to detail, technical skills for jewellery design, conventional knowledge of jewellery designing, CAD skills, creativity and innovative skills as well as, marketing skills.

Q. What are the top colleges for Jewellery Designing courses?

A. Some of the top colleges offering Jewellery Designing courses are - Pearl Academy, Jaipur, JD Institute of Fashion Technology, National Institute of Fashion Technology, etc.

Q. What is the starting salary package of a career in Jewellery Designing?

A. It completely depends on the recruiters and degree, however, the average salary package as seen in campus placements of top design institutes is anywhere between Rs 3 - 6 lakh per annum. 

Q. What is the duration of a Jewellery Design course?

A. The duration of a Jewellery designing course depends on the level of the degree - if it is a bachelor degree then the duration will be 3-4 years and, if it's a master degree, then the course duration will be of 2 years. For short-term courses in Jewellery designing, the duration will be anywhere between 6 -12 months.

Q. How to become a successful Jewellery Designer?

A. To make a successful career as a Jewellery designer, one needs to get a bachelor or master degree in Jewellery Designing, then train and intern with best companies to achieve practical learning and, be dedicated towards their career with integrity.

Q. Is there any entrance exam for admission to Jewellery Design course?

A. Yes, to pursue a bachelor or master course from a prominent design institute, candidates have to appear and qualify entrance exams such as NIFT entrance exam, Peal Academy Entrance Exam, AIEED, etc. However, for admissions to short-term or diploma courses, candidates need not appear for any entrance exam. 

Q. What to do after I complete a bachelor course in Jewellery Design?

A. Candidates who are completing or have completed their bachelor course in Jewellery Design can go for the following options: 
  • Pursue an advanced course i.e. Postgraduate course from a reputed institute 
  • Start a career as a Jewellery Designer/ Quality Analyst
  • Invest time in research of techniques and technologies of Jewellery Designing
  • Intern with top brands or successful Jewellery Designing company 

Popular Jewellery Design Colleges in India

Following are the most popular Jewellery Design Colleges in India. Learn more about these Jewellery Design colleges (Courses, Reviews, Answers & more) by downloading the Brochure.
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75 K - 17.2 L

Top 20 in India

11 Courses
15 K - 1.77 L

#24 India Today

7.5 L
1 Course
20 K

Top 15 in Maharashtra

Top 5 in Nagpur

15 K - 30 K

Popular Private Jewellery Design Colleges in India

24.32 L - 24.91 L

#7 India Today

2.2 L

Top 15 in Pune

55 K

Top 20 in Delhi

11 Courses
15 K - 1.77 L

#24 India Today

27.61 K - 2.55 L
2.4 LPA

Top 20 in Delhi

5 Courses
75 K - 17.2 L

Top 20 in India

Popular Jewellery Design UG Courses in India

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