So You Want To Be A Jewelry Designer: A Primer

Warren Feld
6 min readApr 20, 2024

Where can you learn jewelry making skills?…

It’s important to learn in an organized, developmental way. You want to be always asking how things are interrelated. What depends on what? You want to pose what-if questions so that you can train yourself to anticipate the implications and consequences of making one choice over another. What happens If? What happens When? What enhances? What impedes? What synergizes? What can be leveraged, and toward what objective? You want to reflect on your outcomes.

Some places for learning:

Local craft or bead store
Community college
University (art, fiber arts, metalsmithing,
Jewelry design program
Fashion schools
Bead and Jewelry Making Magazines
Social media groups
Self-taught, crafting at home
On-the-job training
Art institutes
Art grants
How-to books
Video tutorials
Networking with other craft artists



Warren Feld

Beading and jewelry making have been wonderful adventures, from custom work, production work, and teaching. *Design is about the ability to make smart choices.