The history of the College goes back to the school of arts and crafts founded in Gablonz an der Neiße (today's Jablonec) in Bohemia in 1880. It was established by the German administration of the Austro-Hungarian school authorities to support the flourishing jewellery industry.
After World War II, expellees from Gablonz an der Neiße settled in Kaufbeuren and founded the new urban district of Neugablonz, bringing with them their skills and experience in the jewellery trade. It was not long before Neugablonz was home to a thriving industry with a wide range of professions. Neugablonz became the centre of the German fashion jewellery industry.
In 1947, to provide the relevant training for the skilled workers urgently needed by the industry, the foundation stone of today's Technical College of Glass and Jewellery was laid.
In the early years, glassmakers, glass beadmakers, glass refiners, needle makers, stampers, engravers, galvanisers and fine metal workers received specialist training.
Over the years, the professions required by the industry have changed, and the College has adapted to these new demands by training glass and porcelain painters, goldsmiths, engravers and silversmiths, who practise their professions far beyond the boundaries of Neugablonz.