For someone with creative flare and fashion sense jewellery
designing can be a very exciting career option. Ishani Ranasinghe
takes a closer look
Diamonds that dazzle, rich rubies, bright sapphires
and delicate work in different hues and designs, from artificial
to silver, gold to platinum… jewellery has been something
that has always charmed us. Never a privilege of women, men too
have not been able to withstand the lure of jewellery. In fact,
it will not be wrong to say that jewellery has always been a vital
part of the Sri Lankan psyche. As a result, it’s associated
with all the happy occasions in our lives: births, engagements,
weddings, anniversaries and so on.
a good time to think of jewellery designing as a career option.
Till barely 10-15 years back, jewellery designing was confined to
a few goldsmiths. Nowadays though, things have changed.
entry of new and international brands in the jewellery market has
led to more competition for better designs and specialised businesses.
Undoubtedly, it has also given a new lease of life to jewellery
designing as a viable career for young designers.
As a jewellery designer you would be preparing sketches,
by hand or on the computer to conceputalise the design. After consulting
with the customer or the manufacturing team, designers make detailed
drawings, a structural model, computer stimulations or a full-scale
While there are no specific traits for a jewellery designer,
one can learn everything while getting trained. However, you need
a passion for the profession; otherwise there is no way you can
would obviously have to have a knack for coming up with exclusive
and intricate designs that are not only great but also wearable,
and an open mind that can visualise designs from anything and everything.
Of course, if you add an eye for imaginative patterns as well as
an inquiring mind, and the skills to understand the latest trends
and client’s needs, then you have the potential to be a good
designer. Though some designers may have inherited their talent,
professional training does help.
and attention to detail are also equally important for a successful
jeweller. It’s also important to have a working knowledge
about manufacturing. One should be well versed with the fashion
industry on the international front too.
Earlier, the only way one could learn this craft was to
be an apprentice to an experienced jeweller. But these days, one
can take up a diploma course in jewellery design after school.
institutes offer diploma courses in jewellery designing. The course
gives you basic information on the different kinds of stones, colour
schemes in jewellery, design themes, presentation and framing, designing
individual jewellery pieces, men’s jewellery, costume jewellery,
jewellery costing, etc.
a professional in designing jewellery does not need formal training.
A professional in any other field can take up jewellery designing
workshops and set up a business production house.
One can work in any of the following sectors:
*Jewellery designing house Export house, Fashion house or Self-employment
* Freelance designing
you join an export house, you can see your new designs in the international
market. Most of the students start their own business by setting
up a production house.
sell their products under their own brand name. As a freelance designer,
your job is to draw a design according to the specifications of
the jeweller’s house. You also need to supervise the manufacturing
of the jewellery by the craftsman of the jewellery house.