Frequently Asked Questions Part 2 – Getting Started in Jewellery Design

(Updated 14 June 2016)

(This continues my series of Frequently Asked Questions. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)Frequently Asked Questions Part 2 – Getting Started in Jewellery Design

For part 2 of the FAQ series, I’m going to address another question I get asked quite often—How does one get into the jewellery business (either hand-made or jewellery CAD)?

When I first wrote this article back in 2012, the best advice out there to be found would have come from asking as many different jewellers as possible. However, since then, there have been more and more initiatives and support sites put in place to help new jewellers. I’ve updated this original article to include some of those great resources.

For this article, I’ve gathered good advice given to me both as I was building my career as well as advice my other fellow tutors have given to students, and included some pointers of my own. For the sake of efficiency, I have sorted the suggestions into a list of Do’s and Don’ts. Also, I’ve included advice for both those who are coming out of school for a new career as well as those who are already working in a different field and who which to change their career.

Advice for Getting into Jewellery

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Frequently Asked Questions Part 1 – Comparisons Of Jewellery CAD Software on the Market (Updated)

Comparison of CAD and Design Software Used for Jewellery, sample image from 3D CAD

Information and Jewellery CAD comparisons last updated and verified June 2017

(This marks the first of a series of Frequently Asked Questions posts. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)

Over the years, the students in my jewellery CAD courses as well as my private clients have asked me a lot of questions about CAD as it relates to jewellery manufacturing. Many of these questions were often the same. As I thought it better to tailor my answer to each student’s needs, I resisted writing a single standard answer for quite a long time. Then it occurred to me that I could probably answer at least some of the questions all at once, and just fill in the gaps if people wanted to know more.

This is how my series of Frequently Asked Questions began.

On this and subsequent articles in my FAQ series, I will break down the most commonly asked questions from my own particular fields of expertise. If anyone has any more specific questions or is not clear about something mentioned here, just leave a comment below and I’ll add an answer to the entry.

For part 1, we’ll start off with the most common question of them all: “Which jewellery CAD software should I learn?”

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Now moved over to WordPress

Due to some data sharing issues on Blogger, I’ve migrated the entire blog over to WordPress. Over the next little while you’ll gradually see some improvements in the presentation of this entire blog.

From here on in, the blog’s focus will also be changing to accommodate my new focus on training and education.

Enjoy the new show!

Jewellery and Practical Gadgets Inch Another Step Closer To Each Other – the Apple iRing Concept

It’s always fun to see what product designers come up with. It’s even more fun to think that we’ve now reached the point where music player technology is small enough to wear on a finger.

I discovered this on’s list of futuristic design concepts. The link is extinct, unfortunately.

Update: It seems Apple is really planning to develop an iRing soon. It may not be this particular one, but it seems this was a logical next step after all.

Walk Through the World’s Greatest Art Galleries Via the Internet

From the brilliantly clever people at Google, we now have the Google Art Project.

With the help of a web browser and the Google Earth interface they developed for navigating maps at the street level, they’ve developed a wonderful system for navigating some of the world’s greatest art galleries. You can walk the halls, or stop and zoom in on a painting. With some famous images, more information is provided, and you can zoom in for great detail.
See for yourself (click on the image to go to the website):
Google Art Project, Uffizi Gallery, Firenze
Here’s a thought– could this be designed into a shopping experience?