FIELDS OF EDUCATION, CAREER OPTIONS AND PROSPECTUS


CAREER IN JEWELLERY DESIGNING

   

Jewellery Designing as Career : Career Prospects


The students after completing the course can find excellent career options in jewellery designing house, export house, fashion house, freelance designing or at the same time opening their own production house. One can also find employment with the renowned names in jewellery brands such as Gili, Enchante, Nakshatra, Tanishq, D-damas and Swarovski.


Making of jewelry requires a wide variety of skills, which involves training and creativity. The work in the jewellery industry involves casting and molding of jewellery, and the identification and testing of jewellery and gemstones. Designing, Manufacturing and Marketing are the major tasks performed. One can work in the industry as a Designer, join the Manufacturing section, Retailing department and even specialize in Gemology and deal with identification and grading of various precious stones and diamonds.

The designer prepares sketches of the design on a paper by hand or on the computer to conceputalise the design. After consulting with the customer or the manufacturing team, the designers make detailed drawings, a structural model, computer stimulations or a full-scale prototype. Then these designs are created out of the regular or floral patterns and then forms are generated by connecting different structures together. In the manufacturing process, a model of the design is prepared by shaping the metal or by carving wax and the individual parts are soldered together. After that, finishing works like setting stone or gems, polishing, engraving etc are done.

Nowadays, computer-aided design (CAD) software's are used in the manufacturing firms to facilitate product design and to avoid flaws during the designing process. CAD allows to create a virtual-reality model of a piece of jewelry and the designers can modify the design, change the stone or try a different setting and see the changes on a computer screen before cutting a stone or performing other costly steps. After that a mold of the prepared model is produced in a wax like or other material with the help of Computer aided manufacturing (CAM) process. CAM helps in the easier manufacturing of numerous pieces of the same design which are then distributed to retail establishments across the country.

The most essential factor in getting a job is to present a strong portfolio of the work. More than qualification, it is the skills and experience that makes an excellent jewellery designer. Graduates in jewellery designing with excellent skills are in great demand in India and abroad. After successful completion of a course in jewellery designing, one can find outstanding job prospects in various jewellery manufactures & designing houses, export houses and renowned jewellery brand names such as Nakshatra, Tanishq, D-damas, Swarovski, Gili, Tribhuvandas Bhimji Zaveri to name a few. One can opt for setting up their own Design Studio and workshop; or can also work as a freelance designer.

Most designers start their career in jewellery industry as apprentices in showrooms or in their family businesses. As they gain more skill in jewellery design and repair, they may take advantage of opportunities to specialize in a specific area of the field such as goldsmithing, wax carving or stone setting. One can start their own business with a couple of years experience, or once they have evolved their unique style and has the ability to identify and rate a good gem or a stone. Jewellery designer should be well aware of the current trends and carry on with the latest models and styles.

Since most vacancies in this field are not advertised, it is handy for a designer to make a good contact network within the industry by attending trade fairs and exhibitions. Some of the career prospects in the field of jewellery designing are :

In Jewellery Stores
Manufacturing Companies
Self Employment
Teaching and Research
Independent Shop/ Private Studios
Fairs and Flea Markets.
There are abundant job openings for jewellery designers in foreign countries, especially in Bangkok and Singapore.



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