Self-Paced Online Seminar

Digital Jewelry Sketching Seminar

This course overview for the Digital Jewelry Sketching seminar will walk through many of the techniques you will learn in this self-paced online offering by the GIA Alumni Association.


The ability to efficiently create and share your design ideas is essential as the popularity of custom-designed jewelry continues to grow. Digital sketching offers many advantages including the ability to quickly create a variety of designs that can be easily shared with clients or reviewed by employers. And as you create more digital designs, you develop a library of assets that can easily be adapted for future projects.

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The Digital Jewelry Sketching seminar is a self-paced online seminar that will introduce the fundamentals of creating digital jewelry sketches on mobile devices using the Sketchbook® app and Apple Pencil.

You don’t need prior design experience, and whether you are an aspiring designer or a traditional hand rendering pro, you are sure to learn valuable skills and add new tools to your design process. 

Seminar Details

Topics covered include:

  • Drawing jewelry objects from observation, including shading 3D forms
  • Rendering faceted gemstones, including diamonds, colored gemstones, as well as cabochons and pearls
  • Drawing and shading settings, including for melee
  • Rendering metal color and texture
  • Techniques for generating design ideas
  • Creating orthographic drawings to represent different views of your jewelry
  • How to import and work with gemstone and jewelry photographs
  • Creating a jewelry collection
  • Create final construction diagrams


Participants will have three months from the start of their course to complete 15 self-paced lessons consisting primarily of video demonstrations and online tutorials. In order to progress through the seminar, lessons must be completed in order as each lesson builds on the skills learned in the previous one. There are approximately 8.5 hours of video tutorials and 30 total hours of content including skill-building challenges positioned throughout the course to reinforce each skill.
After registering, participants will receive a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, including how to obtain troubleshooting support, a Jewelry Reference Guide and software Quick Reference Guide.


The seminar tutorials are specific to the iOS version of the Sketchbook app on an Apple iPad and the Apple Pencil (1st generation).

  • It is recommended to use an Apple iPad version 7 or newer. An iPad Air or Pro can also be used but the screen size will differ from what is shown in the videos.
  • Your iPad must be compatible to use a Pencil stylus. An iPad Pro and Pencil 2 can also be used. Here are the apple compatibility details:
  • A free version of the Sketchbook software is available on the Apple App Store. Learn more at
Using other operating systems: The Sketchbook interface is different between Android and iOS, and mobile versus desktop versions. Android mobile phones, tablets, and desktop Mac or PC Sketchbook Pro versions can be used for this course, but the software interface will differ from the lesson tutorials. Our staff will have limited ability to troubleshoot issues with operating systems other than iOS.


The Digital Jewelry Design seminar starts on the first Tuesday of each month. Participants will have access to the online video tutorials for three months from their start date.

2022 Start Dates:

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6


$800 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount) 


Please complete the online registration form. You will be provided information about how to access the platform after your registration is confirmed.

The continuing education offerings offered by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Course content, instructors and schedules are subject to change.