A good sketch can close a sale; effective renderings reveal the designer's spirit and build excitement for the design; accurate technical drafts communicate fabrication requirements to any jeweller. Together with a focus on practical, beautiful and comfortable design, these skills ensure competence and understanding in this most creative and limitless field.

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 portfolio of designs and leave with a clear understanding of how to design beautiful jewellery that is durable, saleable and suitable for manufacture.

Course outline

In order to be a great designer, you must understand the technical aspects of accurate drawing and drafting as well as master the techniques to quickly applying creative variations to existing shapes and designs. Starting with foundation techniques and essential jewellery knowledge, progress to producing fast, creative sketches and accurate top, side and end view drawings of beautiful, durable, practical jewellery.

  • 1. Drawing Techniques

    1. Drawing Techniques

    The tools and techniques for drawing, sketching and tracing are introduced and practiced. These include enlargement, reduction and application of creative variation to jewellery lines, use of basic forms and combinations of these techniques to rapidly produce creative, unique pieces of jewellery.

  • 2. Rings with Gemstones, Pendants and other designs

    2. Rings with Gemstones, Pendants and other designs

    Differences between the varieties of pearls readily available in the market today are identified. Origins of some of the most beautiful specimens as well as common imitations and tests are covered. South sea, Japanese and Chinese pearls are closely inspected.

  • 3. Settings and Findings

    3. Settings and Findings

    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.

  • 4. Drawing Gemstones

    4. Drawing Gemstones

    Master drawing all the common gem cuts in all three views. Understand when to use faceted, cabochon and fancy shape gems and how to use common length-to-width ratios for most typical cuts create perfect gemstone designs.

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  • Tools and materials

    Tools and materials

    Price is inclusive of all the tools needed in order to professionally design jewellery. A comprehensive reference set of notes is also provided within the course fee.

  • 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 (Vertical): JD150.

    Next Step (Horizontal): JD200.

    Participants attending and completing this programme can choose to enroll for the full diploma.

  • Duration


    40 hours

    7 weeks (1 day/week), or
    14 weeks (1 half-day/week)

    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 2,188

    inclusive of GST
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