Jewellery Design

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Base Course, Advanced Course, Technical Drawing for Jewellery

The course is designed to furnish the graphic skills necessary for the profession of jewellery designer, and for an in-depthknowledge of the jewellery product in general. The profession of Jewellery Designer features a high level of independence, allowing individuals to work both freelance and as employees of jewellery firms. However, in order to develop creativity and lay the foundations for a correct design approach, it is essential to have an adequate knowledge of the techniques of graphic representation, which operates at one and the same time as a system for interpreting reality and a system of communication operating through the language of Design. Consequently, the objective of the courses is to ensure an adequate knowledge of the languages of graphic representation: from freehand sketching to flat and descriptive geometry, from technical drawing to mixed illustration techniques.


The Foundation Course in Jewellery Design  is aimed at students who have little or no knowledge of design and who wish to master the basics of freehand drawing and want to try their hand at the techniques of representation used in jewellery. The aim of the course is to train the student so that he/she is in a position to represent the general idea of the article of jewellery, first through sketches and pencil drawings and then using the illustrative techniques that are the subject of the course.

Main topics of the course

  • Sketching in pencil: study of lines, solids and voids and proportions
  • Background techniques: tones – shadowing – hatching
  • Two and three-dimensional representation of the objects: line – form – light – shadow
  • Solid and empty spaces
  • Analysis of form: lines – volumes – proportions – symmetry
  • Techniques of perception and techniques of stylisation
  • Colour: reproduction – application – layering – colour scales
  • Colour matchings based on forms and volumes
  • Study of the colouring of metal surfaces
  • Representation of the processing techniques: hammering – diamond-cutting – silking
  • Study of the colours of the different types of stones: simple-cut stones – cabochon cuts on matt and semi-transparent stones – diamonds – opals – white pearls – black pearls
  • Representation of decorative techniques: embossing – chasing – enamelling – modelling – engraving – casting



The objective of the course is to ensure an adequate knowledge of the languages of graphic representation: from freehand sketching to flat and descriptive geometry, from technical drawing to mixed illustration techniques. The Advanced Course in Jewellery Design  is aimed at students who have already mastered the tools and techniques addressed in the foundation course.

The course programme study of the individual components of the jewellery artefact and analysis of the issues involved in the design of a jewellery collection. In the final project of the course the student will be required to design a parure consisting of necklace, bracelet, ring, brooch and earrings, which displays the shared design concept of the set as well as illustrating both the materials used and the decorative technique employed.

Main topics of the course

  • Jewellery design: types and features
  • The components of the jewellery artefact
  • Study of clasps, jointings, collets, pins, hinges, joints and mechanisms
  • Semi-finished articles
  • Study of assembly and joint systems
  • Setting techniques
  • Design of a parure consisting of necklace, bracelet, ring, brooch and earrings
  • Execution of final design drawings using pencil and watercolour techniques
  • Creation of a prototype in resin of a designed article



The Course in Technical Drawing  is aimed at students who wish to master concepts of pure geometry using the method of orthogonal projections (Monge method) and the axonometric projection method in order to represent the jewel with the greatest precision, whatever its size and shape. The final objective is to design an object, complete with the preparatory drawings that make it possible to analyse its feasibility and wearability, before moving on to the final drafting of the technical drawings.

Main topics of the course

  • The languages of technical representation
  • Languages – general rules – tools
  • Drafting of the technical drawings
  • Elementary geometry
  • Elementary geometrical constructions – polycentric curves – conical curves
  • Orthogonal projections (Monge method): elements of projective geometry –elements of descriptive geometry
  • Orthogonal projections of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures – true shape
  • Axonometric projection: general rules – types of axonometric projection
  • Isometric axonometric projection
  • Oblique axonometric projection: cavalier and planometric
  • Reversal and development
  • Sections and intersections of solids
  • Shadows