The jewellery creations of the past can be observed as inspirational objects and wearable museums full of information about past cultures, materials and techniques. In this fascinating twist on a 'history course' you will see how to combine the past with contemporary jewellery trends to inspire the future. Beyond the historical, you will also learn more about the world's most famous jewellers and what decisions they made to help them build instantly recognisable global brands.

Course outline

Studying jewellery of the past will provide you with insight into how the fabrication limitations and beliefs of the time influenced jewellery design and how similar concepts in today's fashion and jewellery can be applied. As new fabrication methods, materials and cultural concepts develop, you are encouraged to consider how similar evolutions affected previous eras of jewellery and use this information to develop your own avant-garde and trend-setting designs.

  • 1. Overview of important periods related to Jewellery

    1. Overview of important periods related to Jewellery

    This overview showcases the different materials, technologies, cultures and mindsets that produced the jewellery of the past. You will understand

  • 2. Jewellery from the Bronze Age and earlier

    2. Jewellery from the Bronze Age and earlier

    Basic yet powerful, the jewellery of the earliest humans was both ornamental and ceremonial. Explore the materials and many forms

  • 3. The Ancient World: 3000BC to 700AD

    3. The Ancient World: 3000BC to 700AD

    The increase in trade between emerging civilisations meant new materials and markets for jewellery craftsmen. Explore the creations of the

  • 4. Jewellery of the Middle Ages 800AD to 1500 AD

    4. Jewellery of the Middle Ages 800AD to 1500 AD

    The overwhelming effects of Christianity and the Roman Empire on jewellery during this time is undeniable. Simultaneously, important Asiatic contributions

  • 5. The Renaissance and Baroque Periods

    5. The Renaissance and Baroque Periods

    The developments that led to what we now know as 'Baroque Pearls' are revealed. Exquisite pendants and brooches exemplifying the

  • 6. Rococo, Victorian and Belle Epoque Eras

    6. Rococo, Victorian and Belle Epoque Eras

    Increased trade among the cities of Europe led to a burst of trends, such as the "hair jewellery" of the

  • 7. Art Nouveau: 1890-1914

    7. Art Nouveau: 1890-1914

    Departing from the classicism which preceded it, Art Nouveau defined a new era full of flowing, organic shapes and floral

  • 8. Edwardian Period: early 20th century

    8. Edwardian Period: early 20th century

    Sensual and feminine, the Edwardian era replaced the conservatism of the Victorian era. Signature design elements include intricate filigree and

  • 9. Art Deco: 1920-1940

    9. Art Deco: 1920-1940

    The influence of modern architecture on Art Deco jewellery is revealed, especially in regard to the style's use of clean

  • 10. Retro Period: 1940-1960

    10. Retro Period: 1940-1960

    As a result of the embargoes and difficulties of the Second World War, gemstones and precious metals became less accessible

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Course Instructors
  • Prachi Joshi

    Prachi Joshi

    Prachi is an accomplished architect, interior designer and jewellery artist with a passion for the history of adornment and the impact of culture and fashion trends on popular jewellery styles. Read More
  • Rob Schilling

    Rob Schilling

    Rob Schilling is an expert global trainer, professional coach, jewellery designer, and a JDMIS graduate. With his passionate interest and decades of experience working with creative masters, Rob created this 3-day course in collaboration with Suzanne Merritt (Aesthetics Researcher, artist and Fortune 500 innovation trainer based in the Boston Centre for the Arts). Read More
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Student reviews

  • I love to understand which era each art comes from and why... I now found my style and can better direct my future work.

    - Saiful H. (Singapore)


  • It gives me an overview of the history of jewellery, which helps me curate jewellery by period... I am applying to my own designs and creation

    - Jasmine K. (Singapore)


  • It changes the way I look at jewellery and the design inspiration behind it.

    - Ginny W. (Singapore)


  • It helps with the establishment of my own business and the creation of my own designs

    - Ines G. (Germany)


  • The understanding (of history) gives your design more credibility and authenticity

    - Wilson O. (Singapore)


  • Tools and materials

    Tools and materials

    Like all JDMIS courses, students receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. In this course you receive over 500 pages of colour reference that are going to giude you through the entire duration of the course and beyond. All the references have been meticulously compiled by our expert team at JDMIS.

  • Learning path

    Learning path

    This course is a Core Component (CC) of all Diploma learning paths.

    Next Step (Advanced Jeweller's Knowledge):
    FT200 - Jewellery Fashion Trends 2: Aesthetic Self Discovery and Future Trends.

    Next Step (Complementary Jeweller's Knowledge):
    GT100 - Jewellery Trade Practices 1: Gem and Jewellery Trade Secrets.

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

  • Duration


    30 hours

    1 week (Full-time), or
    5 weeks (Part-time)

    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 1,900

    Course fee is inclusive of GST as well as all tools and materials provided during the course.

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