Career Opportunities in Designing (Jewellery Designing)



No one can deny that jewellery is a girl’s best friend. It is very astonishing to know that at this time when the world is anticipating another period of recession and the Indian economy is also feeling the heat, gems and jewellery industry is still growing at an astounding rate. Not just this, according to ASSOCHAM the gems and jewellery industry in India is likely to reach INR 500,000 by 2018 and is growing at a steady rate of 15%. Such amazing growth statistics also indicate the high employability in this industry.

Personality Traits

You need to be both a jewellery designer and a forecaster in order to succeed in this business. With a lot of money at stake, one has to be extremely careful and focussed to make a mark for themselves in the field of jewellery designing. Following are the absolute essentials for a good jewellery designer-

  • A great eye for detail
  • A lot of patience and passion
  • A powerful sense of design
  • Ability to learn and unlearn trends quickly
  • A good hand and mind coordination
  • Creativity, imagination and precision
  • Well versed and updated knowledge on fashion industry trends


With the advent of technology in designing and the clients becoming extremely tough, this industry today is not easy for even those looking after their ancestral jewellery business. As a result this industry in recent years has witnessed a sudden surge of jewellery designing institutes in the country. A Jewellery designing course can be pursued after completing class XII in any stream. Admission to a jewellery design course is usually based on a round of interview and in some cases an additional aptitude test. These courses help students learn technical skills related to gem cutting, sorting, jewellery designing, stone setting, fabrication etc. Along with learning the rudiments jewellery designing, these designing courses also introduce students to the science of gemmology.

List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Jewellery Designing

Institute Website

 Jewellery Design & Technology Institute, Delhi

 Gemological Institute of India, Mumbai

 Indian Dimond Institute, Surat

 Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery

 Pearl Academy of Fashion

 International Gemological Institute, Mumbai

 Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Training (SNDT)  Women's University, Mumbai

Career opportunities

This industry has a variety of career options for those who wish to venture into this profession. Here are a few-

  • Jewellery designer: The job of a designer basically entails sketching, designing and rendering jewellery designs. A jewellery designer can either work as a freelancer or could be employed with a jeweller. It is important for the designer to blend artistic designs and the market trends in order to achieve success.

  • Fashion Jeweller: This is a niche field of jewellery designing that specialises in creating fashion jewellery.

  • Goldsmith: He specialises in doing the hands-on job for making the jewellery.

  • Gemmologist: A gemmologist is the one who understands and specializes in the science and art of precious stones.

  • CAD designer: With the advent of technology, computers have made a significant transformation in the field of jewellery designing too. CAD designers are responsible for making computer driven designs, build plastic model/dummies for mass production.


The pay packet of a jewellery designer varies extensively with respect to the work profile and the size of an organisation. A fresher can be paid anywhere between Rs 8,000 – Rs 20,000 as the initial salary. Some jewellers also have commission based incentives attached to the designed jewellery, wherein the designer gets a set percentage on the sale of the piece of jewellery designed by them.

Career Opportunities in Designing (Jewellery Designing)
Career Opportunities in Designing (Jewellery Designing) - By : | Date Published : 07-05-2016 | Category : Career Options |
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