Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India recently held a graduation ceremony for students of its Jewelry Design course at the Mumbai campus. The chief guest for the event Shrusshti Sharma, Director, Designers of India, handed over certificates to the students, who sought her advice on the latest trends in the jewellery industry in an interactive session.
Addressing the students, Sharma said, “As jewellery designers, we should think outside the box and also from the point of view of saleability. Coupled with a sound education and practical-oriented training, you are poised for achieving greater heights.”
Apoorva Deshingkar, Senior Director – Education and Market Development, said, “Jewellery designing is an integral part of the gem and jewellery industry. GIA Jewelry Design Certificate course enables our students to discover their creative expressions and build a name for themselves. Many jewellery manufacturers and retailers have expressed their desire to work with jewellery designers trained through the GIA way.”
The GIA Jewelry Design program is a comprehensive, nine-week certificate course that offers students an in-depth understanding of jewellery design theory and artistry, teaching them the professional skills to illustrate their ideas. Students also learn about advanced gemmological techniques to illustrate the shape, form, and texture of metal and render faceted gems, pearls, coloured metals, etc. They also create a portfolio of class projects and custom designs that is ready for presentation to potential clients and employers.
Khushi Solankia, student of Jewelry Design certificate course, said, “I have always been a design enthusiast. So, when I decided to pursue jewellery designing, GIA was the first Institute that came to my mind. The course not only taught us about designing, but also about pricing. The factory visit gave us an opportunity to experience the practical aspects of jewellery manufacturing. After nine weeks, I feel completely ready to step into the industry.”