Want To Become a Jewelry Professional? Get Certified in the UAE!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

When I started my online wholesale jewelry store in Dubai, I never imagined one day wanting to create my own designs. But more and more, I am feeling the need to make something: to bead, to string, to draw... I've been dabbling in designing my own collection for a while, but after watching countless YouTube videos, I realized I needed professional help (for my jewelry work that is).

Being in the jewelry industry makes people assume that you know everything there is to it (and that should be the case if you want to be successful!)

I've been in situations where my friends and co-workers ask me about a certain gemstone, or the clarity of their diamond or what the difference is between gold plated or gold filled? Often times, I would just BS my way through my answer, hoping they won't Google it and find out I'm completely clueless.

Thus, I began my jewelry knowledge journey. I started off with iBooks and bought every book imaginable about the subject. I familiarized myself with the big dogs in the industry (Cartier, DeBeers, Van Cleef) and focused on some of the newer, less known designers. But of course, I am still learning and sharing my knowledge on this blog. And I need to study the subject academically.

So, if you are looking to get a proper certificate or degree in the UAE in any jewelry related field, read on to find out how you can get started.

International Gemological Institute
IGI is an international diamond and gemstones grading laboratory based in Antwerp, Belgium. They've been in the jewelry-certifying business since the 1970's and are the one of the oldest labs in Europe.

They began offering jewelry related courses both online and off since the early 2000's in several locations, including Dubai. The courses vary in duration and at the end you will be certified in:
Tuition for the above courses are pretty steep, totaling to 23,000 AED ($6,270) for the entire module. But you can also register for the e-learning course, which is relatively cheaper and is self-paced. That will set you back 2,700 AED ($750).

ESMOD Dubai 
ESMOD is the only fashion-dedicated institute in the UAE. Although they specialize in fashion design and pattern-making, they do offer a jewelry workshop for beginners. The tuition for a 1 month workshop is 6,500 AED ($1,800) and you will learn beading and jewelery-making techniques as well as creating mood boards and concept creation.

National Institute for Vocational Training (AKA Damas University)

NIVE was established in 2006 to provide students with the opportunity to gain specific job competencies geared to enhancing their employ-ability. Shockingly, they have an extensive jewelry business development program fully funded by Damas Jewelry. The 2-year Higher National Diploma (HND) is inclusive of all things related to jewelry and the jewelry business. Not only do they give classes in design but they also include business courses on how to manage your own jewelry company!

Out of all the above programs, I feel this is the most comprehensive as well as the most reputable. Unfortunately, not much is known about the tuition but you can contact them and inquire here.

Do you know of other online/offline jewelry diplomas or certificates? Got a review to share with us? Let us know in the comments section below or email us at sales@lavalierdubai.com.

Exclusive Pictures Showing a Glimpse Inside the House of Christian Dior During the 1950's & 60's

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The 1950's was a great time for fashion: People were done with war-time austerity and wanted to live it up. And what other way to spend cash than on looking good?

Only two years after the end of World War II, Paris fashion houses reopened their doors and solidified their role as the fashion capital of the world.

Enter Christian Dior, who resurrected the Haute Couture we now know and love. With the help of Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga, a new direction for women's clothing was formed: it was dubbed the "New Look".

We all know what 1950's fashion looked like: a nipped waist, knee-length skirts, neck and bust in full view. That's all the handy work of the genius who was Christian Dior.

The below were taken by Life Magazine photographer Mark Shaw, who snapped these behind-the-scenes images from the 1950's through the 60's. They don't only capture clothing but the mood of French society at the time.

Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Win at Gift-Giving with Al Liali Jewellery

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The holidays are right around the corner and most of us will be scrambling last minute trying to find the perfect gift for that special person. But with our hectic work schedule, who has time to go around shopping all day?

The answer is: We do! 

We ventured out to the jewelry shops from all over the UAE to find the best and most affordable gifts, so you won't have to!

We kick start the Gift Guide with Al Liali Jewelry.

The company first opened its doors in 1999 and since then has seen an unprecedented growth, opening 21 stores across the UAE.

The store offers a lot of advantages like a 0% interest installment plan, an unconditional exchange policy and the ease of mind of buying conflict-free stones. Don't like what you see? Snap a picture and they will customize a ring just for you. 

The awesome people behind this growing brand shared their latest arrivals and holidays specials exclusively with Lavalier Dubai and we couldn't be happier. We spent the day sifting through their vast collection, picking out the trendiest pieces and talking all things bling with their store manager.

There has been a growing trend in the jewelry industry, a trend we are loving, which is the illusion diamond. Why splurge on full-carat stone when you can get the illusion of a one for half the price?

Check out the latest collections, and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

5- Carat Illusion Ring in White Gold
The White & Yellow Gold Filigree Set

Illusion Diamond Set

Illusion Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Smokey Quartz & Amethyst Gold Rings with Diamond Setting 
Smokey Quartz - Side View

Our favorite pieces? The white and yellow gold filigree collection, a stocking stuffer that will turn heads (and won't break the bank).

For more information, prices and locations, contact the store nearest you (and tell them Lavalier Dubai sent ya!)