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Anjali Kirpalani| Posted On: 14-Sept-2011

According to a recent survet by ASSOCHAM, the gems and jewellery industry in India is likely to reach Rs. 2.13 Lakh crore by 2015 and is persistently growing at a steady rate of 15 percent. If you’re creative, love jewellery and are willing to work hard, jewellery designing just might be the career for you. Sk speaks with talented jewellery designers in the field to determine the skills required to make it in this field…

1- Observation
Sangeeta Khanna says jewellery designers need to observe their surroundings to get inspired. “I am inspired by nature. All of my designing comes from nature. Things like leaves changing colours inspire me to work with two different colours that I never thought would match but that look great once they come together. “

2- Training      
While Sangeeta doesn’t have formal training, Riddhika Jesrani believes training does help. “If you’re going to be working with precious stones, training will make a difference. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is the best when it comes to jewellery designing courses. If you don’t go through formal training, you will need some knowledge or background in       jewellery,” she says.

Suhani Pittie says, ‘I haven’t learnt design but the industry has become very competitive today. I started 10 years ago.  You need technical expertise if you want to succeed. It’s important to study subjects like gemology so that you can open your eyes to newer stones etc.”

3- Creativity       
This one is obvious. Riddhika says, “You have to have a creative streak to pull off design. I was a graphic designer prior to being a jewellery designer. So I had a sense of aesthetic and colour balance and could transform that to jewellery too. I don’t sketch. Unless you’re a painter, drawing is not a skill you  need for designing. As long as you can visualize something and can articulately explain it, it’s fine.”

4- Attention to detail       
“You need to have an eye for detail, especially if you’re working with precious and alternative metals.You need to pay attention to finishing and detailing to put pieces together. I do hand crafting but if you’re working with machines,        you need to be aware of the latest technical developments with regard to new machines etc,” says Suhani.

5- Open minded        
Riddhika says, “You need to have an open mind. Don’t close yourself when it comes to designing. Don’t just work with one vendor. I like to keep my designs fresh and come up with new ideas. It’s important to come up with new ideas so that I don’t get bored either.”

 Eventually, like any career, you’ll succeed as a jewellery designer if you’re truly passionate about it. Suhani warns that jewellery designing is an extremely taxing job. She says working with karigars is not easy as they have a very rural thinking. So if you’re willing to brave the challenges because the thought of creating beautiful jewellery gets you excited, then this is the right career for you.

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