Careers in Jewellery Designing

Careers in Jewellery Designing

Dwijendra Kumar

Gems and jewellery industry in India is growing at a phenomenal speed. While domestic market is worth approx 16 bn US dollars its export has reached to the tune of 30 billions almost double of domestic market size. Efforts are on to make this industry worth 100 bn dollars in future.

Highly labour intensive, this industry provides wide range of career opportunities. Since it’s a creative field there are designing related careers one could opt for like jewellery making, jewellery designing etc. However if one wishes to be more technical, then gemology offers them the knowledge about gems & diamonds.

With an ever increasing globalisation and prevailing competitive market scenario, design has emerged as one of the most effective value addition tools. Irrespective of the type of market, the whole scenario of business is deeply affected by broad issues like changing trends, social upheavals, consumer tastes, developing technical expertise, marketing and merchandising skill base.

Keeping these issues in view, need of the day is a holistic expertise of design professionals capable of recognising and anticipating complex dynamics of today’s market with an ability to respond contextually through niche products.

To gain a foothold in the gems and jewellery industry as Jewellery designer, it is imperative that an aspirant has a Diploma or a Degree in the field. There are a number of Government as well as Private institutions offering courses in Jewellery designing.

National Institute of Fashion Technology, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India provides an undergraduation course in Accessory Designing on its New Delhi and Bhubaneswar Campuses which cover jewellery designing as well.

According to NIFT, Accessory Design graduates have been able to carve a niche for themselves in traditional as well as emerging sectors of global fashion industry space namely jewellery, body gears, home accessories, craft, furniture, footwear, bag, interiors, and in the realm of Designing experiences. Our graduates have also been able to tap the potential of emerging markets such as User Interface and Experience design, smart wearables, Consumer interface design and product design and online market channels. Many Accessory Design graduates are successful entrepreneurs today.

Other leading private institutions in the field include IIGJ, Delhi which offeres an under graduation diploma in jewellery designing. The course develops skills to conceptualise jewellery according to needs and trends of different markets, understanding of different art movements and how to take inspiration from them to create new jewellery designs.

Other training institutes include AAFT School of Fashion (NCR Delhi and Raipur) , Jewellery Design & Technology Institute, Noida, National Institute of Jewellery, New Delhi, GLS Institute of Design, Ahmedabad etc.

After the courses, openings available to young aspirants  in the following job categories:

  • Jewellery Designer
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Quality Controller
  • Business Head
  • Gemologist
  • Brand Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant

Leading Recruiters in the field include big names such as

  • Kalyan Jewellers
  • Tanishq
  • Malabar Gold and Diamonds
  • P. C. Jewellers
  • Amrapali
  • Gitanjali
  • Kiran Gems
  • Joyalukkas
  • Hari Krishna Exports
  • Rajesh Exports

Skills Required:
Light and trendy beads and baubles must fascinate, should have interest in jewellery pieces and followed trends, analytical and logical thinking, creativity, drawing skills etc.

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