Rapid Rendering for Jewelry Designers

Rendering in Colored Pencils (8) Session

One of the most critical aspects of jewelry design is to render your image in such a way that its structure, shading, and texturing appear to be fully realistic. This concept of photo-realism is vital to a designer’s success, as the surface properties of jewels and their settings all create various interplay with light, shadow, and the surrounding environment.

From a competitive standpoint, the more efficient those designers can be in rendering a photo realistic representation of their designs, the more opportunities they create for success and customer satisfaction. This course introduces students to the most advanced technologies for rapid rendering, as well as the classic methods that have served and inspired designers for centuries.


  • Draw and render faceted gemstones and cabochons.
  • Illustrate surfaces, shapes, and textures in white and yellow metal.
  • Make realistic renderings by understanding the behavior of light and shade.
  • Students will leave with renderings for their portfolio.

Course Related Videos

How to Paint a Cabochon Gemstone

How To Paint a Faceted Gemstone

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Jenine Lepera Izzi

About the Instructor

Jenine Lepera Izzi studied art and design in New York City and Florence, Italy for many years. She has developed her own techniques in rendering jewelry designs. Her unique style of design is a culmination of training as an interior designer as well as a bench jeweler. Her work synthesizes her lifelong interest in design, a fascination with color, and attention to detail that she brings into the classroom.

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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