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Career in Jewellery Industry : An Overview With Indian Perspective

Anything on a creative side is always appreciated with much audacity. Well that is what happens very effectively and influentially with a gem designer or a Jewellery maker. The creativity takes a major toll and one tries to get the maximum output from the same. It is now designing on the part that becomes more relevant through utilization of proper efforts.

Over a period of time Jewellery designing has gained a new source of income and has seen professional make over as such. With the onset of online shopping things seem to move more rapidly and fast for the investors and practitioners too. With growing trends there is also a great division solely responsible in driving out force for the manufacturing and trading sectors. And India is no exception.

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When To Start?

In India student’s willing to pursue their career path in Jewellery designing can opt for a diploma course. Any graduate can compete for the short-term courses. The minimum qualification is either be class 10 or a 10 + 2.

Good institutes like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) or National Institute of Design (NID) remain the first choice for BDes. ABD will let you to move to have an internship at a Jewellery house in India or abroad. Also, one can go for a master’s course. The course material deals with different types of stones, design themes, presentations, Jewellery costing and Jewellery making. Even some use computer aided programs for designing Jewellery and accessories. They give a scope to work on the valuable stones, alloys keeping aligned with the integrity required for weaving the course.

Students are exposed to both technical and aesthetic traits of Jewellery designing. After completion of the course student is named as a qualified designer who can make custom-made and designer Jewellery.

While a fully fledged program of one or two years can cost you anywhere around Rs 65,000 to Rs 1.80 lakh, the short-term courses can cost you  between Rs 15,000 to Rs 65,000.


There lies lot of opportunities for aspiring Jewellery designers as there has been a recent trend of booming gem and Jewellery industry. Even many go for their own brand names and line launching their own range of exclusive Jewellery.

The package and other amenities attached to the career are quite high and attractive at the same level. Starting a career with the same can be around Rs 7000 to Rs 8000 per month which increases further with experiences and can easily fetch salaries in excess of Rs 1 lakh a month. There is also option of freelancing for the same.

 Some Top Companies

-Renowned Jewellery brands such as Tanishq, Swarovski, Nakshatra, Gili
-Jewellery making and designing units
-Jewellery shops and showrooms
-Top notch goldsmiths
-Antique and art auction houses

List of Institutes For Enrolling In The Jewellery Courses

-The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ)

(With the sponsorship of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) comes as non-profitable institute for project of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

The curriculum has got a basic structural approach of learning the Jewellery making techniques like refining, casting, setting, model making, rubber mould making. Apart from that there are other know how in terms of CAD / CAM, gemology and diamond grading. Professionals (professional designers, technicians, craftsmen and educationalists) are hired to impact the teaching.

Insights of IIGJ:

Courses offered
Diploma Courses
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-Jewellery Design & Technology Institute (JDTI)

Silver Smith India Ltd.  In association with Indo-German Export Promotion Project implemented by the Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ, German agency for Technical Co-operation) provides the scope for facilitating technology transfer from Germany for selected India companies. The institute has got know how on Jewellery manufacturing with the best technical advancement in the market.


Subjects pertaining to various aspects of Jewellery design & technology
Academic Curriculum
Course Fee
Admission process

-Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

GIA holds the best reputation being a non-profit institute in terms of standardized Jewellery production and remarked as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. The institute has got its presence in 14 countries. They function with 11 schools being equally complied with 4 research centers, and 9 prestigious laboratories to carry the technical loops.

GIA has got its own standards in producing global standards to accurately determine quality of diamonds (4Cs – Cut, Colour, Clarity & Carat Weight), colored stones and pearls (7 Pearl Value FactorsTM – Size, Shape, Colour, Nacre, Lustre, Surface, & Matching).

GIA in India

The institute operates in India as well, with campus in Mumbai and classrooms in New Delhi, Jaipur, Surat and Kolkata as well as 35 other locations.

Courses Overview-
-GIA Diploma
Graduate Gemologist (26 Weeks)
Graduate Colored Stones (19 Weeks)
Graduate Diamonds (7 Weeks)
Accelerated Graduate Diamonds (6 Months)
Accredited Jewellery Professional (5 Days)

Pearl Academy of Fashion

The academy provides more insights into the Internationalism; entrepreneurship and employability; catering to the needs of the various industry verticals. The customers do vary from the sectors of fashion to retail. The campuses are based in five cities of India- Delhi, Noida, Jaipur, Mumbai and Chennai.

-Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology

The institute offers students to understand the basic look and feel of any creativity and design. It is a storehouse of comprehensive course structure and curricula with fully trained faculty. It is located in the elite Apparel Park. The project has been given a sponsorship from the Karnataka Government, with a gamut of 75 textile and apparel giants. Educational tie-up is with the University of Bangalore & KSOU offering courses both in Under Graduate & Post Graduate levels, in association with the Govt. of Karnataka, to support Vocational Training Programs. It has got a reputed list of association in the commercial market too such OS M/S. Raymond’s, Bombay Rayon, Mafatlal, Bombay Dyeing, Mandana Garments, Himatsingka Seide, etc.

Jewellery designing courses:

Jewellery Designing & Management B.Sc (JD&M)
Jewellery Designing Manufacturing – (GDJDM)
Jewellery Designing With CAD (DJD-CAD)
Diamond Grading & Identification (DDGI)
Gemology – (DG)

Jewellery design is getting new heights to excel with blend of both graduate and undergraduate courses. There is lot of competition with the increasing number of participants and groups joining for the same. Classes are equally designed for the beginner or for someone with some experience that wants a more in depth understanding of the way that professional laboratories examine diamonds. Courses have students to work on real diamonds. With fascination and equal opportunity of work there are certainly going to be an array of huge hub for the same profession.