Epic Jewellery and Contemporary Trends

HS100 - Epic Jewellery and Contemporary Trends

The jewellery creations of the past are presented as inspirational objects/wearable museums full of information about past cultures, materials and techniques. The impact of historical trends on contemporary jewellery is also analysed, showing how past creative trends can inspire the future. Beyond historical influences, students explore medium and short term fashion cycles that affect jewelery and learn how to anticipate coming colour, material and thematic trends.

Students studying jewellery of the past gain insight into how the fabrication limitations and beliefs of the time influenced jewellery design and how similar concepts in today’s fashion and jewellery can be applied. As new fabrication methods, materials and cultural concepts develop, students are encouraged to consider how similar evolutions affected previous eras of jewellery and use this information to produce avant-garde and trend setting designs.


Gem and Jewellery Trade Secrets

GM100 - Gem and Jewellery Trade Secrets

Gem and Jewellery Trade Secrets

Designed for sales professionals, trade members and individuals passionate about the jewellery they create or wear, this exciting programme offers unique insight and understanding of the jewellery industry. Divided into three broad sections, it covers the essentials of coloured gems, diamonds and jewellery; participants gain valuable information to set them apart from most other jewellery designers or sales personnel.

Explore a variety of gemmological subjects such as gemstone classification, identification of gemstones and how professionals value and document these rare materials. The programme introduces common industry terms and accurate loupe-handling and observation skills and allows you to witness, handle and differentiate many imitations and compare them to their natural counterparts. Explore the worlds of precious metals and appreciate jewellery manufacturing methods and how gemstones are securely set into jewellery.


Course Duration:

40 hours
(7 weeks, 1 day/week or 14 weeks, 1 half-day/week)

Course Fees:

US$ 2,200

Instructor: Frank Wuenstel