How do I start in jewellery design?

I want to get into jewellery design. Where do I start?

— Kerry-Ann


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Harriet Kelsall's reply:

Hello there Kerry-Ann and thank you for your question.  There are lots of different ways to start in jewellery design but a lot depends on your situation.  For example are you still at school or are you working and so you plan to go onto further education or not?  There are ways to start either way.  

Even if you aren't ready for a degree, it is a good idea to start by getting some kind of making experience.  For example you can do a short course or an evening course in jewellery making (somewhere where they have actaul workbenches rather than just beading).  When you design jewellery you need to know a bit about how it is made so that your designs work well. 

There are some really good jewellery short-courses and longer courses of all kinds available at the Goldsmiths Centre in London.

People start at all differnet times of their life but I think the most successful ones usually have a degree in jewellery design or similar as this is a good foundation so this is a good idea if you are able.  You can study some jewellery degrees part time. There are good degrees all over the place but speaking as an employer of many jewellery designers, I think one of the best is at the Birmingham School for Jewellery (the Design for Industry Course).

You might like to go along to IJL in London in early September to chat to other jewellery designers there about how they got into it.  It is a great show and well worth a visit.

Good luck!


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