Develop & Illustrate your Jewellery Design Ideas

- Tuition from an experienced Jewellery / Artist 

- Online Convenient Learning 

- Total of 22 Hours part-time, one-to-one interactive tuition

- Courses also available individually

Jewellery Design Foundation course at Th

Jewellery Design 


  • Generate & Develop Design Ideas

  • Illustrate with Sketches

  • Improve Techniques for Hand Drawing

  • Gemstone Selection 

 Option to get this course face-to-face in a tutor's own studio 

INTRODUCTION | Why Develop your Jewellery Design Skills

This Jewellery Design Foundation course of step-by-step tutor instruction has been specially designed to introduce creatives to the best kept secrets for designing Jewellery. 
Our tutors for this course are some of the finest in the UK Jewellery Industry and they are sharing their expertise to help you get started.

Comprising of three parts, this course has been specially designed to take beginners on a learning journey for designing and drawing Jewellery, by introducing the methods and techniques used by professional Jewellers. The emphasis of the tuition is on the methods for generating original designs, developing design ideas and how to present designs in a confident manner via beautifully hand rendered, recognisable jewellery drawings that can be used to showcase ideas or create a working portfolio.

TUTORS | Expertise

The tutors are all highly experienced in their areas of expertise and they have helped many students learn how to begin designing Jewellery.

DURATION | For Confidence & Competence

The courses set our below are what we recommend for Jewellery Design Beginners, however each of the courses are also available as individual courses for students who may need a refresher course or prefer the flexibility of spacing out their learning.

Undertaking the entire Foundation course series equates to 21 hours of student practise, which includes student homework tasks.

CONTENT | Interactive & Tailored

Our course  are designed to be interactive and therefore the content specifics and /or discussions may be tailored to suit students creative preferences as time permits as determined by the tutor.

CERTIFICATE | CPD Continuous Professional or Creative Development

On your Foundation Course completion we provide a PDF Course Certificate to record your Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Your certificate includes information about your tutor’s expertise, which is important for proving the quality of your tuition and the credibility of your learning experience.


On this course with step-by-step guided tuition, the areas covered specially designed to provide you with resources and essential techniques that will help inform your development into a successful Jewellery Designer. 

  • Using free resources to generate Jewellery Designs

  • Observation for Design

  • Developing design ideas and showing design transitions in simple form

  • Learning effective sketching techniques for communicating design ideas

  • Developing drawing techniques and use of colour

  • Designing with appropriate Gemstone selections

All these areas are critical for enhancing design thinking and development, successfully communicating design ideas to clients and for creating a cohesive portfolio of designs. 



ONLINE | Interactive Tuition student information

This course is delivered via Zoom conferencing, the tutor will text or email you a link with the meeting number to join your course meeting about 30 minutes before the start time.


We recommend you join  in advance of your course (This is free of charge) this will make joining your course session a quicker process when the tutor sends you the link.

Prior to your course the tutor will contact you to introduce themselves discuss the course content if necessary. 

Session Time:

Start time 10am (GMT London time) Can be flexible


Anytime between 10am - 1pm for 3 or 4 hour duration courses. (GMT London time)

Session Date: Arranged to suit subject to tutor availability

Language: English

COURSE PART 1 | Introduction to Jewellery Design

Tuition| 4 hours as 2x 2 Hour sessions + homework task 
  • Introduction to design resources

  • Critical observation techniques: Pattern, Shape, Form etc

  • Collating ideas & Essential tips for using a Mood Board

  • Developing design ideas

  • Task set for homework practice

On your first course session, you will explore how patterns and shapes can be transformed into design ideas and with tutor guidance explore how stories, text, language or interactions with your environment can also prompt a narrative for new design ideas. You will also learn about collage mood boards, why they are useful tool and how to use them to successfully capture your inspirations.


Following the first course session the tutor will provide you with a small homework project to practise the techniques covered.


In your second course session you will review ideas and the tutor will introduce you to basic methods for converting a design concept into a real design idea via simple sketchbook design development, the emphasis on this second session being on the importance of recording your ideas in a simple way, to initially avoid being limited by drawing methods.


No previous experience of Jewellery making or design is required for this course, which is open to anyone who would like to explore creating thinking to create design ideas and developing these into real designs.

MATERIALS |All course materials required will be advised by the tutor in advance of the course. You will need these to take part in the course.



The emphasis of this course is for you to gain an understanding of the design process. Firstly  by learning to observe the World differently appreciate its beauty and imperfections to find basic ideas for Jewellery, and learn techniques for developing these concepts constructively to create original jewellery designs.

COURSE FEE £240 vat/ tax not applicable


This 4 hour online course is available to book as a stand-alone online course.


Extended course in a studio location (UK) - course of 6 hours tuition | Details >

Tutor Options

Tuition Type / Location
Tutor Images & Experience
Online only
Zoe P 
Professional Jewellery Designer & Maker
or Nottinghamshire UK
Dave G
Professional Jeweller & Designer/Artist

COURSE PART 2  |Introduction to Jewellery Design Sketching  

Tuition| 6 hours as 2x 3 Hour sessions + homework task 
  • Sketching techniques for critical shapes

  • The importance of perspective

  •  Basic shading techniques

  • Drawing reflective surfaces

  • Basics of using tinted paper & coloured pencils

  • How to create basic recognisable gemstone shapes

  • Task set for homework practise

Following on from Foundation Course part 1, the tutor guides your practical introduction and exploration of on the effective use of sketches to illustrate your ideas for Jewellery.


At the beginning of your course, the tutor will firstly explain essential drawing methods via demonstrations and then, with step-by-step tutor guidance you will then complete some practical pencil sketches. These sketching tasks will provide important practical techniques for effective sketching of important shapes using perspective and shading to create simple shape combinations. Techniques for creating simple gemstone shapes will also be included.

There will also be a brief introduction and practise of using pencil on tinted paper and simple use of coloured pencils, another option for creating jewellery design sketches to communicate your ideas.

In between the course sessions the tutor will provide you with a small homework project to practise the techniques covered.

MATERIALS |All course materials required will be advised by the tutor in advance of the course. You will need these to take part in the course.


The content of this course lays down the important foundations for the drawing techniques required to effectively create recognisable simple Jewellery design sketches.

COURSE FEE £320 Vat / Tax not applicable


This 6 hour online course is available to book as a stand-alone ONLINE course.


This course session is available in a Studio location (UK) | 6 Hours Tuition

Tutor Options

Tuition Type / Location
Tutor Images & Experience
Online only
Zoe P 
Professional Jewellery Designer & Maker
or Nottinghamshire UK
Dave G
Professional Jeweller & Designer/Artist
or Essex UK
Mark L
Industry professional & Artist

COURSE PART 3 | Developing Jewellery Drawing Techniques

Tuition| 6 hours as 2x 3 Hour sessions + homework task 
  • Your design process overview / Practise issues arising

  • Confidence building

  • Light and shade

  • More complex shape combinations

  • Using colour

This course is designed to be the next step on from the Introduction to Design Sketching course (Foundation Course part two).


The first part of this course will be to review and discuss your practise drawings of simple forms set at the end of day of the previous course, which are not expected to be perfect, but as aid for the tutor see in which areas might need improvement.

 You will then take a little time to re-visit and through step-by-step guided practise of the techniques learn to build confidence and accuracy in your drawing techniques.

Your drawing practise during the course will indicate the beginnings of your design/drawing style, so that future collections of drawings can form a cohesive body of work suitable for a portfolio.

If you have some jewellery ideas you might like to discuss these with the tutor to ask if they might form part of your practise on the day.

MATERIALS |All course materials required will be advised by the tutor in advance of the course. You will need these to take part in the course.


The emphasis of this course is to provide practical tips for enhancing your jewellery drawings as your practise becomes more detailed. Build confidence and use techniques learned to practise creating jewellery illustrations.

 OPTION | This course is not available separately however it may be booked as part of a set  of 2 courses with Introduction to Jewellery Design Sketching. Please make a course enquiry >

Tutor Options

Tutor Images & Experience
Tuition Type / Location
Online only
Zoe P 
Professional Jewellery Designer & Maker
or Nottinghamshire UK
Dave G
Professional Jeweller & Designer/Artist
or Essex UK
Mark L
Industry professional & Artist

COURSE PART 4 | Gemstones for Jewellery Designs

Tuition| 6 hours as 2x 3 Hour sessions + student homework practise 
  • The important basic attributes of gemstones

  • About the effect of treatments on Colour

  • Selecting suitable gemstones for a Jewellery type.

  • Use of Gemstones to inform possibilities for design inspiration and/or Jewellery design

  • Care of gemstone jewellery

This interactive course is delivered by a professional Gemmologist covers the importance and consideration of Gemstone aspects. The course content has been specifically created to assist Designers or Jewellery Makers to design for, choose or buy the most suitable Gemstones for specific types of Jewellery.


During the course you will discover some enchanting Gemstone stories that have the potential to initiate a gem set Jewellery design ideas or provide narrative potential for a particular piece of Jewellery or Jewellery range.


There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion relating to your own Gemstone experiences or concerns and the course content can be tailored to suit specific coloured Gemstones of interest.

Session 1

The important basic attributes of gemstones such as the importance of hardness, the different aspects to the cut, colour distribution, essential knowledge for selecting a suitable gemstone for a Jewellery type.


Session 2

The emphasis of the content of this session is to broaden your awareness of Gemstones to inform possibilities for design inspiration and/or Jewellery design development, which includes;

  • Gemstone species and varieties and the different colours found

  • Birthstones & Wedding Anniversary Gemstones

  • Gemstone stories; Myths, Legends and Superstitions

  • Healing properties of gemstones

  • Geographical and geological origins of a selection of gemstones

  • Gemstone treatments

  • Care of gemstone jewellery


Course notes will be provided before the course starts so that you can refer to these during the course and make a note of a question arising you might like to ask during the course.


Note about Pearls & Diamonds |As standard this course content does not include in-depth Diamond or Pearls, These are more complex and require specialised separate tuition, however we can include some basic aspects of these if students request this in advance of the course.


No previous Gemmological knowledge is required in order to participate and benefit from this Course.

MATERIALS |No materials are required for this course.


The content of this course is to provide essential knowledge to enable Jewellery Designers and Makers make informed decisions when considering Gem set jewellery designs or when making Gemstone choices for their Jewellery.

COURSE FEE £295 Vat/Tax not applicable


This 6 hour online course is available to book as a stand-alone course.


This course session is available in a Coventry Studio location (UK)

Tutor Options

Tuition Type / Location 
Tutor Images & Experience
& Coventry UK
Kate H
Professional Gemmologist


 SERIES DISCOUNT available - Please enquire 

Courses with fees advised may be also be booked individually

Additional Information

What is the course date?

The course date is set by you, so that you can undertake a tuition session at your convenience.


All dates / times of course sessions are subject to tutor availability.

Start time are generally 10am GMT London Time but this can be adjusted slightly to suit.

About Tuition

Online Courses

Tuition is interactive and fully guided by the tutor.

You will need to download the appropriate software onto your Computer or Laptop, see student guidelines below.

About the Course Fee

A large portion of the course fee quoted is paid to the tutor, because, it’s their expertise that you pay for.

Where there is a selection of tutors,  course, fee's may vary due to individual tutor requirements for teaching.


In addition a there is a small fee for arranging your course which is included in the total course fee.


Course fee payment is required in advanced by BACS Bank Transfer invoice or IBAN for international students.

Vat/Tax is not applicable


Make a Course Enquiry

Advise your details on the form provided. At this stage this is just an enquiry with no obligation to book.

You will receive full details to help you decide if you would like to book the course.


Booking Information

Payment Terms

Payment is required in advance and payments are handled safely and securely by BACS Bank Transfer invoicing (IBAN for International students.


Some courses are available to pay in instalments, whereby a non-refundable deposit is required to book your course date. Please ask for details if this is of interest to you.


Booking Terms

  • Once you have booked a cancellation fee of £250  will be deducted from your refund if you cancel your course up to and including 14 days prior to the start of the course once your payment has been received.


  • Cancellations received within 14 days of the course date are not eligible for a refund, however you may re-arrange any of your course sessions for another date if you wish. 


  • Should we need to cancel your course sessions due to unforeseen circumstances we will refund your course fee in full.


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Or you may text  a question to Dawn on #44 (0) 7703 287640


An informal  Consultancy is available for Jewellery Designer Makers in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter or please make a virtual meeting request.

Please email  Dawn Meaden-Johnson for information.


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