Jewellery CAD Software – Rhino For Jewellery

Rhino For Jewellery CAD Design and Rapid Prototyping

Rhino for Jewellery CAD

Originally developed as a response to AutoCAD’s limitations with smooth 3D modelling, Rhino 3D is a general product design NURBS-based CAD tool which has been adopted by many different design specialities such as furniture, footwear, and jewellery. Its product design roots give it a great deal of flexibility, and also make it ideal for designing complex assemblies.

While the core Rhino program is all that is really needed to design models for rapid prototyping, each design speciality has added extensions (or plug-ins) for Rhino to make their jobs easier. Some examples include rendering tools (such as V-Ray or Maxwell), additional methods of working (T-Splines), and Jewellery plug-ins (such as RhinoGold or RhinoJewel). For Holts Academy’s Rhino for Jewellery Design training, we teach students as if they only have Rhino without any plug-ins.

The British Academy of Jewellery offers short courses and private tuition courses in Rhino for beginner and intermediate users, specifically focused on Jewellery Design. They also offer a separate dedicated private tuition for both T-Splines, and V-Ray for Jewellery Rendering.

Selected Tutorial Videos – Rhino for Jewellery

Tutorial Videos of My Creation

Tutorial Videos From Other Users

There have been several people who have made jewellery CAD tutorials for Rhino over the years, with quality varying all over the shop. The following are a list of the best I have found. In particular, Khay Amani has done a series of very helpful basic Rhino tutorials which are included below:

Basic Rhino Commands and Strategies

Intermediate Rhino Commands and Strategies

There is also a good Vimeo Rhino Tutorials page.

To Learn More About Jewellery CAD/CAM

If any of these tutorials whets your appetite for learning more about how to use Rhino for jewellery CAD design and manufacturing, take a look at the CAD courses or one-to-one bespoke training offered at British Academy of Jewellery.


  1. Hello..

    This is Papia Goswami,a manual jewelery designer with a 8 years experence of Indian and contemporary jewelry market. Just have started learning Rhino,would like to know and practice more on this to have a better skillset.

    Would be greatfull to have some classes and technique tips and proffessional guidence on that.

    Reply would be much appreciated..

    Papia Goswami

    • CADJewellerySkills

      Hello Papia:

      If you’d like to know more about taking classes, check out the links on the right of this page for Holts Academy and Bespoke Training.

      You can contact me directly for courses through Holts Academy’s website and phone number.

      I am in London, so you know, but if you are coming through this way I can offer suggestions as to where to stay.

      Best Regards,


  2. dear Jack,
    thanks a lot for creating this very interesting website about jewelry CAD and sharing so many precious informations with CAD jewelry makers.
    Unfortunately and until now, i don’t have the chance to follow your private lessons in Holts academy.
    I appreciate very much the quality of your tutorials on your website.
    Is it possible to suscribe and get more from yours ?
    In effect, I have already followed 70 hours of rhino 5 lessons in BJO in Paris and i would like to improve my knoledge of rhino 5 applied to jewelry and discover Matrix with e-learning lessons.
    if unfortunately, you would not be able to provide me other demonstrations of rings and other jewelry objects built with rhino and Matrix, could you please advice me some e-learning compagnies providing lessons of the same quality than yours ?
    In the futur, if i manage to organise myself to come and have private lessons with you in London, could you give me an idea of how it works and the price for that, please ?
    thanks a lot for your help.
    kind regards,
    Alix Grandchamp

  3. I want to know the cad jewellery design

  4. Where can one buy the software in Cape Town

  5. hello sir
    i am a student of literature and have great interest in designing.
    can i make my career by learning rhino cad???

    • CADJewellerySkills

      Dear Shilpa:

      If you want to get into product design or jewellery design, CAD is a helpful tool, but it is not the place to start. The best thing you can do is to learn some essential drawing and physical making skills before you try to do them on a computer.

      My suggestion: find a good jewellery drawing class, as well as a basic course in jewellery making. Between those, that will make a huge difference in your ability to design models in Rhino CAD for use in 3D printing or manufacturing.

      Hope that helps,


  6. Hi there
    Where can I buy Rhino Gold from in the UK, that would give the best prices for a commercial license.

  7. hello sir
    i am a student of literature and have great interest in designing.
    can i make my career by learning rhino cad???


    • CADJewellerySkills

      Hi Amol:

      I’m afraid going straight into CAD without any previous design or art experience does not work.

      Think of it this way: if you were to request a shoe designer create you a custom shoe, you would expect that designer to know both how to draw as well as how shoes were made, yes?

      This is why I always recommend anyone who is serious about becoming a designer do the following before learning jewellery CAD of any sort:

      1.) Learn to draw.
      2.) Spend some time learning how to make jewellery by hand.

      I hope that helps. It is possible to get a career making 3D models for 3D printing, or working directly in jewellery. There are many articles on the blog about both of them.



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