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What Will You Learn

  • Learning rendering for yellow and white metals, as well as faceted and cabochon gemstones and pearls
  • Illustrating rings and other pieces of jewellery
  • Learning about sources for jewellery design inspiration and developing motifs to create jewellery objects
  • Rendering jewellery designs using drafting tools for display as a participant in the final class design exhibition
  • Creating a portfolio of class projects and custom designs that is ready for presentation to potential clients and employers.

Possible Career Paths

Jewellery Designer

Jewellery Manufacturer

Custom Designer

Hand Renderer

Jewellery Business Owner

Sales Associate

Frequently Asked Question

The applicant for GIA courses should have higher H.S.C. or equivalent to 10 + 2. Also, all courses are conducted in English language only. Hence, proficiency in English language is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

GIA education offers a foundational knowledge in gems and jewellery, as it is designed to meet the needs of all types of learners. Many of our students do not have any background in the industry, yet they successfully completed the programme and have flourished either by starting their own ventures or working for established names in the industry.

The basis for any jewellery design is manual designing where the idea is put on paper. The measurements, linking and layout with the help of CAD is the next step. The jewellery design theory taught in this course has helped several students acquire a working knowledge of jewellery artistry.

In this intensive nine-week course, instructors teach creative and technical hand-rendering skills needed to begin a career as a custom jewellery designer. Jewellery design theory helps students acquire a working knowledge of jewellery artistry. Skills covered include: illustrating the shape, form and texture of metal; working with drafting tools; and rendering yellow and white metals as well as a range of faceted and cabochon gemstones and pearls. Instructors show how to illustrate rings in five different views and how to keep design ideas flowing. At the completion of this course, you will have a hand-developed portfolio of your work and a digital copy to show prospective employers and clients.

Yes. In the GIA Jewelry Design course, we cover basics like drawing a line and advance towards drawing and rendering complex forms of jewellery pieces. Many students from non-designing background have enrolled for this course and have done well in their careers.

Yes. Every student is required to design a portfolio, during which they are guided at each and every step u2013 starting from selecting an inspiration and measurements to the rendering and filing of the designs for display.

As a part of developing hands-on experience, GIA conducts various value-add activities - in addition to the curriculum - such as guest sessions and factory visits. In guest sessions, students get the opportunity to hear from industry experts, and through factory visits, students gain first-hand experience of witnessing the diamond manufacturing process. During and after completion of their programmes, students also continue to remain a part of the GIA Alumni Network to help them build stronger connections in the industry.

No. The same curriculum is taught at every GIA school, but programs may be offered in different languages at some GIA locations. Each campus location has a unique class schedule and course offerings, and the number of students per class varies.

Upon successfully completing the programme, you will earn the GIA Jewelry Design Course. In addition, you can become a part of the GIA Alumni Collective as well as the global alumni chapters.

Topics Covered


Learn theory and techniques to inspire your jewelry designs.

Creative Process

Explore your creative side through real-world jewelry design scenarios.

Technical Drawing

Lay out designs accurately and to scale.

Rendering Metal And Gemstones

Use watercolor and shading to bring your illustrations to life.

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About GIA

Established in 1931, GIA protects the public through gemmological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development. The world’s foremost authority in gemmology and creator of the 4Cs, GIA sets the standard for determining the quality of diamonds and performs research-based identification of coloured gems and pearls. All of GIA's activities are governed by its mission to serve the public Learn More