What you'll learn
- Design, draw and develop jewellery pieces
- Create computer-aided designs (CAD)
- Build a design portfolio
- Create a business plan
Diploma in Jewellery Design
All That Jewellery Jazz
This lesson focuses on the fundamentals of what jewellery design is and outlines the purpose and value of jewellery. We will look at the role of a jewellery designer and the various career paths in the industry. Additionally, the basic techniques of technical drawing will be introduced and you will be able to create your first 2D drawing of a jewellery piece.
Do You Speak Jewellery?
Let's talk about the language of jewellery. This lesson is all about the jewellery language and how to identify the different types of jewellery. This lesson will look at the significant role of design principles and elements and how to apply them in your design process.
Research is "Me-search"
Research is the backbone to great design and this lesson focuses on the role of research and inspiration in the design process. This lesson will define research methodology by identifying the various methods and how to apply your research in mood boards and presentations.
From Inspo to Jewelo
To tell a beautiful story through your jewellery drawing, you need to know the different techniques in drawing. This lesson will look at these different techniques and will also look at how to render metals and gemstones to bring your story to life. From this lesson you will learn to apply these techniques to create your own drawing from a basic design.
Every designer must have a strong artist statement - great design stems from the true, authentic-self. This lesson will take you on a explorative journey in developing your own personal design language and guide you in creating a clear and compelling artist statement.
The Digital Age
What a glorious age to be alive in, and in this lesson, you will see exactly why. This lesson will introduce the various methods of designing on a digital platform and you will get familiar with the basic tools in SketchUp/Coreldraw. This lesson will provide you with the knowledge to create your very first 2D digital illustration.
Magics of Metallurgy
Metals are so fascinating, and this lesson will focus on the different metals used in jewellery as well as their technical properties. This lesson will introduce basic terms used in the manufacturing process as well as important conversions used in measurement calculations.
Ornamentation has such a rich history, and this lesson will take you on a journey back in time to explore the history of jewellery. You will look at different design eras and the impact they had on jewellery. This lesson will be used to get your creative juices flowing by creating your own design concept inspired by one of these eras. Then, you will take this design and modernise it to resemble the latest period.
Intermediate in Jewellery Design
The Jeweller's Throne
A jeweller's workbench is where you eat, sleep and dream jewellery, and this lesson is all about where the magic happens. This lesson will introduce the essential tools used for manufacturing jewellery.
Take a microscope and have a closer look at the different parts that form a jewellery piece. In this lesson, you will learn to identify the different jewellery items and how to deconstruct each item into the different parts.
Gemstones are the rockstars of jewellery. But what exactly constitutes a gemstone? This lesson focuses on defining gemstones and will be used to introduce the different types of gemstones, as well as the difference between precious and semi-precious stones. It will then take a look at the buying of gemstones.
Set in Stone
A setting is what accentuates diamonds and gemstones, and this lesson focuses on the different prong styles and setting types for round stones as well as fancy ut stones. In this lesson, you will also look at alternative settings for organic and cabochon stones.
Style for Days
Style is everything within the wonderful world of jewellery, and this lesson focuses on the different styles used in jewellery creation. This lesson will divide the different jewellery items in categories and you will begin to identify their styles and types.
Decorating metal is a fantastic method of enhancing design, and this lesson focuses on the different techniques to add colour. This lesson will also take a closer look at the difference between enamel and resin, and then you'll learn alternative techniques to add colour, texture and finishes.
Drawings are every designer's alpha tool to get all those thoughts on paper. In this lesson, you will learn how to take those thoughts and rough sketches, and turn them into an orthographic drawing. The lesson will define exactly what orthographic means and look at examples. Presentation is everything and drawing in perspective is the absolute key as a communication tool. You will learn to apply this in your own orthographic drawings of a flat band, pendant and studs.
Get ready for your mind to be blown by the prospects of 3-dimensional design on computer. Watch your pieces come to life in this extraordinary method of designing. In this lesson, you will create a CAD of the stone and setting you designed in lessons 4 and 5. The lesson will also introduce methods to create a pavé and a micro-set ring.
Advanced in Jewellery Design
Bright Like a Diamond
They say eat diamonds for breakfast, and you'll sparkle all day! This lesson takes a look at the shiny history of diamonds and the different types of diamonds. By the end of this lesson you will understand the physical and optical properties of diamonds. But how do diamonds get that brilliant shine? Glad you asked, because this lesson will demonstrate the stages of diamond cutting and polishing that gives diamonds their brilliance. Of course, we certainly cannot talk about diamonds without defining the 4 Cs that characterise diamonds.
Design on Fire
Design is an ever-evolving process, and this lesson will focus on developing your own concepts and themes. You will then begin to design a jewellery collection using the diamond created in previous lessons. This lesson will be an explorative journey to bring out your own design language.
This lesson will look at illustration techniques. Let's put those pencils to the test!
Painting in Colour
Painting jewellery is a phenomenal skill to have, so this lesson will look at different techniques to make those drawings come to life with colour.
The CAD Process
This lesson takes a look at the bigger picture of the CAD and CAM processes. The lesson will then focus on creating CADs for classic engagement rings, but in your own style.
Theme Development in CAD
Motif... what's motif? This lesson will focus on creating your own motif and how to apply it in a jewellery collection.
Rendering in Keyshot
Time to get super impressive and create a presentation that will blow your client away. This lesson will focus on preparing a CAD model for the rendering process and introduce the interface of Keyshot.
Beautiful lines and movement are the epitome of a beautifully created design. This lesson focuses on creating organic shapes in CAD.
Proficient in Jewellery Design
The Manufacture Process
Manufacturing jewellery is a skill that takes a lot of practice. Before you can begin practicing yourself, you must dive into the technicalities of handmade jewellery. In this lesson, you will learn about the process of lost wax casting and the advantages and limitations thereof.
This lesson takes organic modelling to the next level and introduces the powerful T-Splines tool.
The CAM Process
Welcome to the magic of 3D printing and casting. In this lesson, you will focus on the different materials used for 3D printing as well as their pros and cons. The lesson will look at direct casting and mould-making processes, explore the process of shrinkage, and demonstrate how to spruce an item for casting purposes.
Pendant for Your Thoughts
Whether you like a suspended pendant or one integrated in the chain, this lesson will show you how these techniques are done. The focus of the lesson will be on designing and creating four different types of pendants. You will also learn how to develop a design and bring it to life in CAD.
Hanging With a Stud
Earrings are the most popular type of jewellery, and this lesson will focus on designing and creating four different types of earrings. You will learn how to develop a design and bring it to life in CAD.
Build a Smashing Portfolio
To narrate your artistry in an outstanding portfolio, you need to look at your work from a critical eye. This lesson pays special attention to what exactly a portfolio is and the significant role it plays in your career as a jewellery designer. The focus will be on quality over quantity and how to distinguish between relevant and unnecessary. Your portfolio is your time to shine so you will also look at different tips and tricks of the trade to help your body of work pop. Lastly, this lesson will take a look at great examples of jewellery design portfolios and what makes them great.
Let’s Get Down to Business
At the very core of every business, lies YOUR message, YOUR story. This lesson focuses on what brand development is exactly and looks at the importance of creating your own brand identity. Your story must be aligned with your brand identity and this lesson will show you how to do a SWOT analysis to help you convey your brand message to your target audience. This lesson will also look at advertising and the 4 Ps in jewellery marketing.
To present yourself as a cut-above the rest, this final lesson of the jewellery design course will take a look at methods that can make you stand out. This lesson will also introduce Keyshot on another level.