Traditional Watercolor Techniques

Master the Art of Traditional Watercolor Techniques

The finest jewelry houses in the world express their designs with gorgeous hand painted masterpieces. Design concepts are shown in rich, vibrant colors and their stones glow with imagination and inspiration. Master this uninterrupted flow of creativity with traditional European watercolor techniques that have turn into timeless pieces of jewelry.


  • Master traditional European watercolor techniques.
  • Work with gouache to produce evocative, yet realistic renderings.
  • Render faceted gemstones that express the reflections of light.
  • Make gold & silver metal tones come to life with highlights & shadows.
  • Present your unique designs as an industry professional.

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Niyati Mehta

About the Instructor

Niyati Mehta was born into a family steeped in the gem and jewelry business for three generations. She honed her natural interest and flair for design by initially creating pieces for the family business and then by training in Mumbai, India, and in New York. She taught at Gemological Institute of America in Mumbai where she was a special consulting instructor for jewelry design and rendering. With 15 years of diverse experience, she now designs customized pieces with diamonds, color stones and pearls set in precious metals for private clients, and bridal jewelry for a firm in New York.

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Understanding Jewelry CAD
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Industry Tours

Come join us on one of our industry tours as we visit and get insigths 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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