The art of jewelry design has a long and thriving history in Tuscany, with traditions that go back to the Etruscan age. Known since the Middle Ages for its refined goldsmithing, Florence boasts a long-standing tradition of excellence in jewelry design and making.
The LdM Jewelry Design Department offers an artistic and cultural reference point for students from around the globe to approach this ancient art.
At Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici students have the chance to learn centuries-old Florentine craftsmanship techniques and their contemporary interpretation, by elaborating original designs and applying state-of the-art technologies, thus striking a balance between tradition and innovation.
The Department’s curriculum offers an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary and historical practices in jewelry. Courses are structured to foster experimentation, in order to stimulate individual creativity and technical skills development. While discovering the history of jewels, as well as the physical and chemical behavior of metals and the properties of gems, students hone their skills by mastering traditional techniques, such as the creation of metal jewelry, stone setting and engraving, along with wax carving and casting.
Modern methods and digital technologies encourage students to unleash their creativity and experiment with precious metals, as well as unconventional materials. Thanks to an integrated approach to the discipline, students get the chance to develop their own jewelry collection, from concept and design to production and presentation. This hands-on project allows them to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to become professional jewelry designers.
LdM dedicated and internationally recognized faculty believes that creative research, technical skills and experimenting with materials are the fundamentals of contemporary jewelry design.
The Jewelry Design department facilities provide a fully-equipped ab with machinery used in jewelry production, and updated computer programs to develop rendering and 3d projects so students can work in a highly professional environment.