The best programme in Singapore to help you pivot to a fulfilling and creative career in the sparkling jewellery industry:
This modular, fast-track curriculum covers in-depth jewellery training in sketching and draughting, digital design, as well as core knowledge in gemmology and jewellery trends. Get the best learning experience with detailed projects, expert instructors, and a strong graduate support network.
Jewellery enjoys a unique selling proposition across the world, given its relevance for everyday wear and importance in cultural representation. Part fashion and part investment, jewellery is by far the most significant contributor to global sales of personal accessories and is worth more than half of the 500-billion-dollar luxury industry. This sector is still growing annually, with the value of the global jewellery market expected to increase at nearly double the growth rate of other segments in the luxury market.
On top of the exciting growth opportunities in the market, jewellery is such a happy industry to be in. Celebrating some of the most significant occasions in people’s lives, jewellery designers and jewellers work with customers to create sentimental gifts, and connect with their clients in ways that no other product can. Furthermore, there are many perks to becoming a jeweller – jewellery has high intrinsic value, and slower and easier-to-manage fashion trends compared to clothing. There is also a ready market for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Beyond that, jewellers get to enjoy working with many new and interesting raw materials, cool tools, and even travel all over the world to source for quality materials or meet clients.
Individuals who like working with their hands or enjoy having direct connections with their customers will definitely find significant satisfaction in joining the jewellery industry. If you are someone who is creative, appreciates quality and luxury, and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, then jewellery is for you!
The career prospects in this multi-faceted industry are diverse. Equipped with proper jewellery training, there are many paths you can choose to follow such as:
- work as designers in the jewellery industry
- enter and win International competitions
- provide freelance design consultations
- design jewellery before making it themselves
- develop their own brands and jewellery lines
Meet our alumni
JDMIS' thousands of past graduates come from all walks of life - many are mid-career professionals who successfully pivoted and found more fulfilling jewellery careers and businesses after graduation.
Yasuyo Ayukawa - A passion for pearls
After leaving her investment banking career for good, Yasuyo rekindled a long-forgotten interest during her university days into a full-on career. Graduating from JDMIS’ Fine Jewellery Design and seven years into her jewellery career, Yasuyo’s brand, Ayu Pearl, has expanded steadily. Her focus on pearl jewellery has garnered a large fan base and returning customers, with her business doubling every year!Read more
From a life of monotonous work shifts amongst machines to erratic hours with shimmery gemstones, Ernest Yeo took a leap of faith from being a broadcast engineer to being a jewellery designer. One might wonder how he could change to such a different industry, but jewellery was not new to him: at a young age he was always captivated with anything that sparkled and glittered. After graduating from JDMIS, Ernest founded his own jewellery brand and later worked for one of the most well-known global luxury brand in Singapore.Read more
The course structure
With great emphasis on experiential learning, graduates have knowledge, style and a complete professional portfolio to highlight their broad range of design competencies. Detailed projects leave graduates confident and primed for success.
JDMIS' curriculum is entirely modular. Participants can choose to complete the skill-based Certificates that suit their needs the most and at their own pace. The Diploma will be awarded once all Certificates have been completed.
This Diploma consists of 6 Certificates (Eligible for SkillsFuture Funding):
Creative Drawing & Essential Jewellery Knowledge
Develop expert jewellery design sketching & draughting skills. Learn creative variation with tracing techniques, importance of major forms in jewellery, drawing of gems, common jewellery components & findings. Includes all tools & materials. 30 hours.
Technical Drawing & Sketching
Focus on accurate technical drawing in different views for manufacturers as well as fast counter sketching in front of customers. Estimate jewellery costs and develop practical jewellery design skills. Includes tools & materials. 30 hours [Requires JD100]
Fundamentals of Digital Design
Adopt industry-standard digital modelling tool Gemvision Matrix to create a wide range of fine jewellery with highly accurate gemstone settings, measurements and weights. Produce photo-realistic renderings as images for customers or portfolios. 30 Hours.
Intermediate Modelling & Setting
Extend 3D modelling skills to include a wide range of customised shapes and forms for rings, pendants, earrings and more. Expand your repertoire of popular gemstone setting styles. Render videos for customers. 30 Hours [Requires DD100]
Gem & Jewellery Trade Secrets
Discover the secrets of the jewellery trade: Learn gem origins & trade practices; handle an array of popular & lesser known gems available in today's markets. Understand valuation & comprehend the breath of this topic. Includes Tools & Materials 30 Hours
Epic & Contemporary Trends
Explore significant periods in history that affected jewellery, gem & metal popularity. Take inspiration from the past to discover your favorite choices and identify how to combine your selections to produce your own unique style. 30 Hours.
As JDMIS Diploma curriculum is entirely modular, participants can start any time by enrolling in one of the 30-hour Certificate components listed above. Please visit the Certificate pages or contact our Admission for more information.
Need advice? Our Admissions team is here to help.
These industry veterans have many years of experience building successful careers of their own before joining JDMIS to impart their wisdom to the next generations of aspiring jewellery artists and entrepreneurs. Learning from experts in the field will save you hundreds of hours of trials and errors so you can jumpstart your career or jewellery venture in matters of months!
Tanja SadowTanja is an award winning jewellery designer & gemmologist 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
Alexander ZupancichAlex has been training designers and business owners from the region in 3D jewellery design and manufacturing since 2008: building the CAD/CAM skills of over 400 jewellery professionals. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Marketing and Management and from INSEAD with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Read More
Very well organised and presented. Tanja is superb, could learn loads from her... Very excited to start making designs for myself.
- Chye Lian L.(Singapore)
My favourite course! Didn't expect to learn digital design that easily, thanks to Alex's wonderful teaching.
- Soi Mui (Singapore)
I have gone to quite a few courses, this is the first time I meet a teacher with was so much patience. Thank you so much Tameem.
- Chai Wee T. (Singapore)
JDMIS is the the best academy to learn and study more about the jewellery industries. It provides all the useful informations and materials which I'm very sure I can't find in any other academy out there, which helps us to achieve success in this industry!
- Kassim M. (Singapore)
DD100 is user-friendly even for those with no 3D background.
- Alice Y. (China)
A wonderful class taught by Tanja Sadow. She is a very engaging instructor with lots of professional insights that were readily shared and very apparent in class. Really enjoyed learning from her and was very inspired.
- Ling Kai Ng.(Singapore)
I would say that the teachers are very passionate and skilled. Students will get hands-on experience with good guidance and also life long contacts with students and teachers.
- Valerie S.(Singapore)
It's a great and useful course... The course content is very well curated.
-Kai Jun E. (Singapore)
The course was very detailed and I learned a lot while building a steady foundation for the skills I hope to achieve. Course outline and timings were great for busy adults. I love the way my lecturer Tanja conducts the lessons and I'm definitely looking forward to more classes with her.
- Tracy T. (Singapore)
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)
The structure of the course materials was easy to follow. All the tools are relevant for the day to day CAD design.
-Hannah A. (US)
It's a very well paced and fantastically organised course with lots of materials and sufficient examples for learning...A wonderful opportunity to pick up new skills and knowledge within the realm of jewellery and designing
- Wei Yeong L. (Singapore)
Thank you so much for guiding me through the basic understanding to pen down a design with all the basic requirements...I am more confident to attend to customers with my basic knowledge learned!
- Ellen H. (Singapore)
A wonderful course that gives the knowledge of designing jewels, more flexibility to the designer and creates the final output easily.
- M. Sha (Sri Lanka)
I am very confident that the skills and techniques I have learned will help me immensely with finding work as a fine jewellery designer
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Founded in 2007 by Gem & Jewellery Expert Tanja Sadow, The Jewellery Design and Management International School in Singapore has provided education in the jewellery arts to local and foreign students in the region. Since then, JDMIS has grown into an established regional training brand, delivering exceptional jewellery education to individuals from over 42 different countries and training the best local and international brands.
14+Years of experience
Grow beyond the classroom with industry experiences
The Creative Jewellery StudioJDMIS has established and maintained the CJS which is a unique designer co-operative supported by JDMIS and operated by its graduates. CJS designers create fine and fashion jewellery from $200 to $20,000 and have been featured around the island at venues such as Takashimaya, Isetan, Design Orchard and many more.
Singapore International Jewelry ShowThe SIJE is an annual jewellery event where jewellery artists, designers, and manufacturers from Singapore and all over the world converge, showcasing the latest jewellery designs and the finest collections of precious gemstones. As a regular exhibitor at SIJE, JDMIS invites enterprising graduates to participate in our showcase for greater brand exposure and sales opportunities.
Bali, Indonesia - Pearl FarmVisit Atlas Pearls, one of the top producers of the highly sought after silver and white South Sea pearl. Learn about the pearl farming process, find out how pearls are valued and matched
Sri Lanka - Mines & Gem MarketsJDMIS industry partner Sapphire Capital Group, with established businesses in the Sri Lankan lapidary, gem trading and logistics industries, participants have the rare occasion to explore the gem trade in Sri Lanka
Hong Kong - Jewellery & Gem FairParticipants travel together to the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, the largest jewellery exhibition in the world. It is a great opportunity to network with wholesale gem, jewellery and equipment suppliers and meeting fellow entrepreneurs.
Frequently asked questions
General FAQ: When was JDMIS founded? +
The JDMIS is a school founded in 2007. It has grown out of the previous professional training organizations started by the JDMIS Dean Mrs. Tanja Sadow and has been operating in Singapore since 1995. Since then, JDMIS has trained over five thousand graduates in Singapore and the World.
General FAQ: Where is JDMIS located? +
The JDMIS facilities consist of seven dedicated classrooms, a large student lounge/resource area, administrative facilities and a specialized retail area for students to practice their merchandising and sell their pieces. All are located in a spacious 5300 square foot newly renovated space inside the MDIS Unicampus at Stirling Road.
The address is: 111 Middle Road #01-03/04 National Design Centre Singapore 188969
General FAQ: What are the school and class capacity? +
In an individual class you will have at least 5 classmates depending on the type of course and method of presentation. For any skills based courses, the school maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1 or better. The school's student workshop and seven classrooms have a total capacity of 60.
General FAQ: Who conducts JDMIS' courses? +
Mrs. Tanja Sadow, Dean of the JDMIS will be supervising your classes and providing key instruction. Her team of expert jewellery instructors will be working with students throughout the courses to ensure everyone understands and successfully completes the project work.
Click here to go to the Academic Leadership page
Diploma FAQ: I already have a business degree/experience with jewellery fabrication - can I get credit for some diploma modules? +
The answer to this question depends on the courses you have completed, your transcripts and/or proven abilities. In principle, the JDMIS does not want to force its students to sit though courses in subjects with which they are already proficient; we are concerned about placing our students in advanced classes if they do not have an adequate foundation - as such it is our policy to review each request on its own merits.
Make sure you identify the modules you would like to receive credit for in your application form and provide as much supporting information as possible. Our admissions board will review all requests individually and reply within 4-8 working days.
Diploma FAQ: How much do the courses cost? +
Our diplomas cost between SGD 10,800 to SGD 12,800, inclusive of GST, registration and application fees. Our pricing policy is such that we include all tools and materials you will need to complete your coursework.
Your only additional costs are for materials you intend to use in your self-study or personal projects. Furthermore, the tools you receive as part of your course are yours to keep - our students leave our diploma courses with the skills and equipment they need to create unique and high quality jewellery.
For more information about the price breakdown of our Diplomas, please click here
Diploma FAQ: How can I pay for the diploma course? +
For application and registration fees, we accept many payment methods, if you want to pay over the phone the head office can accept Visa & Mastercard. If you visit the office, they can take any credit card, NETS or Singapore dollar cheque. If you use internet banking, we also accept local bank MAPS transfers and international wire transfers.
Foreign students are required to may their tuition payments to a third-party escrow service provider authorized by the Consumer Association of Singapore. This escrow payment is a requirement for the issuance of Student Passes by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority and provides additional protection for students. Complete details of the escrow payment process are provided upon your admission to the JDMIS together with your letter of acceptance.
For Singaporean students or permanent residents, escrow payment is also an option (and is recommended for the additional prodection it provides) however it is not required. Regardless of your choice to use escrow, for your tuition fees, the JDMIS recommends TCC, a local credit union that provides very competitive educational loans. If you would like more information on this we can email you their details or ask one of their credit consultants to call you. Alternatively you can approach your bank and ask them about educational loan programs. They will typically disburse payment upon completion of a credit check and receipt of your letter of offer from the JDMIS; this process can take up to 3-4 weeks so be sure to apply early.