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Lu­cra­tive salaries, a glam­orous lifestyle and hot job op­por­tu­ni­ties make it a per­fect time to con­sider jew­ellery de­sign as a ca­reer, says Mira Gu­lati, founder and prin­ci­pal de­signer, Mi­rari. “This in­dus­try is at an ex­cit­ing junc­ture as the con­sumers are look­ing be­yond gold and not just buy­ing items as an in­vest­ment,” says Pooja Roy Ya­dav, founder, NIMAI

What you study Stu­dents learn stone cut­ting, en­grav­ing, pol­ish­ing, test­ing qual­ity of pre­cious met­als and gems, elec­tro­plat­ing, me­tal colour­ing, an­o­dis­ing, enam­elling and stone set­ting. Man­age­ment ba­sics are cov­ered in de­gree cour­ses.

Ca­reer Prospects “One can find work in gem re­tail­ing, re­search and devel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, ma­te­rial pur­chase lo­gis­tics, man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, jew­ellery houses, pre­cious stones con­sul­tan­cies, and an­tique houses,” she says.

Skills Re­quired “Dex­ter­ity, at­ten­tion to de­tail, good hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, com­mer­cial aware­ness, and pos­i­tive tem­per­a­ment are im­por­tant,” says Ajit Bhan­dari, course leader, un­der­grad­u­ate jew­ellery de­sign, Pearl Academy, Jaipur.

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