Evolution of Jewelry

Evolution of Jewelry (7) Session

In this course, we will explore many complex relationships and how they were interpreted by jewelry designers.

Every decade has a unique spirit: political crisis, nature, ideology, instinct, cinema. There is a common thread amongst these…each is an impetus in design. Each has inspired art, artists...and jewelry. To be a great designer requires a keen awareness and understanding of not only where inspiration can be drawn, but of history.

Each decade has a spirit—complicated interrelationships affecting the social, political, cultural, and economic status of those living within it. Artists reflect their surroundings, and the jewelry produced echoes historical milestones, oppression, rebellion, and festivity. The psychology of the day is carried in its contemporary design, as we celebrate jewelry that was treasured throughout each decade.


  • Evaluate historical social and political influences, recognizing their aesthetic impact
  • Explore how the cross-section of advertising, pop culture, and manufacturing affected design
  • Distinguish jewelry from other disciplines in decorative arts
  • Strategically position your brand by assessing design inspiration
  • Interpret trends, incorporating them into brand recognition
Whether you are an enthusiast, or a designer looking to launch your own line, this course is for you. All you need to bring is a love of jewelry and curiosity!

What Our Students Say About NYJDI

Steven shares his story about how taking CAD courses at NYJDI helped his career.

NYJDI students tell their story on why they chose to take classes and how it help them flourish as jewelry designers.

Take CAD Classes

Understanding Jewelry CAD
Sculpting with ZBrush
One-on-One Class with Jenine

Industry Tours

Come join us on one of our industry tours as we visit and get insights from diamond cutters to amazing jewelry designers. Experience what really happens behind the scenes. Check out our future tours.


Enjoy our hands-on workshops ranging from technical design and Photoshop to manufacturing and branding. Workshops are available beginner to advanced. Check out our upcoming workshops.

NYJDI Courses

With a globally-recognized professional studies program, the New York Jewelry Design Institute (NYJDI) gives emerging designers the opportunity to successfully introduce their collections to the world. For the curious, it is a playground to explore the beauty of jewelry.

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