• Accessory design incorporates mainly designing of all leather goods, jewelery and embellishments including handbags, shoes, belts, hosiery, hair accessories etc to accompany garments that complete the fashion image. Accessory designers work very much like fashion designers. Before creating a design for an accessory they carry out detailed research of the accessory they are required to work upon.
• They use their creativity to design accessories and make sample pieces. Contemporary accessory designers draw upon traditional craft for creating new and attractive designs for fashion conscious clients.
• They present their design pieces for marketing.
• Jewelery designers create new designs for gold, silver and precious metal jewelery.
• Gemologists are experts in assessing the quality, value and use of gems for jewelery making. They are experts in grading, sorting and setting of gems in various metals.
• The job involves everything from casting and molding to identifying and experimenting on different gemstones and jewelery.
• Accessories are of many kinds. The work environment, hence, may be influenced by the nature of raw materials being used.
• Shoe and leather accessory designers work with leather or other tough materials, while jewelery designers work with precious metals.
• Studio or workshop layout is planned to suit the nature of work.
• While researching considerable travel is involved.
As with most creative fields, new entrants begin as apprentices. Later on they may work with jewelery houses or freelance. Large exporters employ designers or select designs from eminent freelancers. Gemologists work as diamond and gem exporters, dealers, graders, assorter, home jewelery store owners, brokers & distributors, gem consultants, appraisers, valuers, jewelery designers, bench jewelers, jewelery photographers, and also with police and customs, mining firms etc. Many gemologists work in gem therapy. There are jobs with grading and certification laboratories and in gem testing. Gem sorting and marketing, gem shaping, inlay work, engraving are other options. With a boom in jewelery exports, the opportunities in trading have increased. Branded and designer jewelery offers openings for dealership and have given good options to designers. Leather designers work with leather based industries such as shoe manufacturers etc. In the traditional studio-based design sector, crafts people have been working to prepare each article individually. Their work is sold through local outlets, at tourist destinations, emporias and through craft meals.
• Bholasons Jewellers
• D Damas
• Gitanjali Jewellery Pvt Ltd
• ITC Wills Lifestyle
• Li & Fung
• Liberty Shoes Ltd
• Michael Aram
• VIP Luggage
• Class XII
Accessory Designing (3-4 years)
Most courses can be taken after Class XII (any discipline). One can do 3-year course in a design or vocational school. Courses vary in duration. Courses in gem and jewellery designing are both short and long duration. The accessory design course at NIFT focuses on designing of precious and costume jewellery and other accessories in a 4-year full time course for school leavers. Admission is done through a written test, group discussion and situational test.
Rs.10000 to Rs.20000 Per month
• Gemstones Artisans Training School
• Indian Diamond Institute
• Indian Gemological Institute - New Delhi
• St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
• SG Jhaveri Centre for Diamond Technology
• Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Centre of Jewellery Design & Manufacturing (SVJDM)
• Sindhar Institute of Gemology