December 13, 2018



Design starts with the first stroke of the pencil on the paper, which then sets on a mysterious journey through the very essence of life, distilled by the mind of the designer.

Jewelry design has been at the forefront of the deliberation surrounding jewelcrafting, especially during the past decade. Jewelry design artists, and brands like Cartier and Bulgari, have taken the spirit of Da Vinci and Botticelli and are embedding it into their designs.

It is relatively easy these days to find the technical details of the design process of the Royal Jewelcrafters of the Ottoman Empire in the archives. However, modern jewelry design has become a matter of contention in recent years. Various issues surrounding this debate are the high costs of workmanship in the competition to keep costs down, the increasing threshold of demand for novel designs, globalization and easier dissemination of information; that is, the improvements that are direct results of the ease of access to information and technology have brought the issue of jewelry design to the limelight.

Despite having lost the appeal as a novel approach to jewelry design, “Anatolian civilization and Ottoman jewelry” is still considered to be the sole treasured school of design. With the global trend of going back to the roots gaining traction, ethnic and traditional jewelry is undoubtedly of high value. Nevertheless, at Mahrec, we believe that the direction of the jewelry design education reveals more than the legacy of the past.

At our workshop, we strive to reach the essence of design and share that passion with our students. Design classes at Mahrec have been drafted to go hand-in-hand with crafting workshops, because we believe jewelry design is more than sketching a design on a piece of paper, but should provoke creativity and produce ergonomic and economic jewelry that anyone would passionately wear.

From a single piece of jewelry to creating a collection, from the technique of the design to its philosophy, we cover every tenet of jewelry design in our classes. We formulate a vision for the designer, creating avenues for inspired design. We believe design is more than a discovery process, but should be internalized for exciting products.

Mahrec is drawing a roadmap for aspiring designers who set out to discover this treasure.

Description of the class:

Utilizing fundamental drawing techniques, creating illustrations that should produce applicable and producible jewelry.

General content:

  1. Fundamental illustration techniques and pattern applications
  2. Sketching techniques
  3. Fundamental principles of design
  4. Design, illustration, and production processes
  5. The differences between design and illustration
  6. Design with production in mind
  7. Expressions of style and function

General Program

  1. Pressure, forms, texture, perspective, shadow, and color exercises
  2. Pattern exercises
  3. Tracing
  4. Sketching
  5. Introduction to jewelry illustration, creation of samples
  6. Introduction to jewelry design
  7. Creating a collection
    1. Defining a concept
    2. Choosing material
    3. R&D, the sketching process
    4. Creating illustration examples
    5. Creating portfolio

Design I: 112 Hours

Design II: 64 Hours

Total: 176 Hours