The goal of the Master in Jewelry Design trains professionals to enter and succeed in the complex world of jewelry, a sector constantly changing over the past two decades and that requires a thorough understanding of all its aspects. The Jewel Designer must be able to operate in different areas of the jewelry, i.e. watches, fine jewelry, precious stones, fashion accessories and metal, with an open mind asset for both creative and operative aspects. The Master also offers a broad and strategic vision on trends and market developments, in order to interpret and give an original personality to collections, in line with future scenarios.
Career opportunities - The Jewel Designer can work as a free-lance opening an independent studio or associate at small, medium and large companies in the sector or in public and private institutions. This professional is able to develop and manage a project - in accordance with different customer's requirements - and to support the steps of research and production.
Target - The Master in Jewelry Design calls for students with a Honours Degree related to design and fashion. It is also the proper specialization for professionals and artisans looking for a deepening into technical aspects as well as the ones related to the market and product dissemination.
Methodology and structure - The Master in Jewelry Design is structured to buildthe preparation in strategic sectors of jewelry, making participants ready to respond to different market opportunities.
Through direct project experiences in laboratory, learning of traditional techniques, knowledge of materials and new production techniques, the student receives the methodological bases for the creative process and the professional practice, including the ability to present and promote projects. Special attention is paid to the knowledge of the culture, the historical-critical and economic instruments of the sector. Design workshops introduce students to the creation of watch; fine jewelry design focuses on the study of gemstones including their features, nuances, colors and market values. The workshop dedicated to Industrial Jewelry Design illustrates the entire range of jewellery, the use of precious and non-precious, unconventional materials, complex surface treatments.
Students acquire a higher expertise in the three-dimensional design: from a strong knowledge of the geometry to the most advanced construction solutions of the jewel, using specific softwares. Knowledge of theories and experiences in marketing and advertising allow students to adopt a new approach, by learning communication methodologies.
The Master ends with a Final Project, as a synthesis of the academic course, useful later as a portfolio to enter the job market.
From the Prehistory till our century, the course goes through every step of the jewelry design.
The course goes through the stages of conception, representation of the jewel, cost analysis and the feasibility of a new product.
Visual and Project Communication
An integration among methodology, aesthetics, technology and materials to develop strategies and solutions in order to optimize the communication of the project.
Watch design: Jewelry Watch, Sport Watch, Fashion Watch
Broad preparation in the diverse world of watchmaking: from the early wristwatches up to the latest trend in manufacturing and materials. Analysis of watches components and types. Fashion watch and sports watch. Relation between space and time.
3D Jewelry Advanced Course
The program strengthens the technical knowledge through the use of graphic representation and solid modulation.
Gemology: Value and Market
Knowledge and skills development about stones: precious and non-precious.
High Jewelry: Design with Gems
Historical research of the high jewelry: the development of high jewelry design in the Western World, from the end of the 19th century until the end of the 20th Century.
Jewelry and Series Production
Development of an individual project dedicated to the production of a line of jewelry.
Communication and Branding
Building of a coherent and successful communication plan, tailored to luxury companies.
Packaging and Showcases
Complete view of the stage of exhibition and sale of products.
The development of an individual or a group project that will include the design and the realization of one or more jewels (collection or jewelry line).
Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others. (Italian proverb)
IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.
Luca Bartoleschi - Course coordinator
Luca Bartoleschi - Course coordinator
Jewelry Designer, as Bulgari Design Centre Director he has been managing the conception and design of the Group’s jewelry and watchmaking lines for over twelve years. From 2007 to 2008 he worked for the stylistic lines of Chimento Gioiellieri jewellery. Since 2009 he carries out an independent activity of jewelry consultancy, design and production for companies and private customers. In his long professional experience, he acquired an in-depth knowledge of the technologies of production processes linked to the world of jewelry.
Architect and Designer for brands such as Rolex, Herry Winston, De Grisogono, Graff.
Indipendent Designer. The sectors he works in are jewelry, watches, silverware and packaging.
Industrial Designer. International representative for the jewelry sector at Robert McNeel &Ass. Co-owner and Product Manager at Massoni Jewelry.
Jewelry Historian, Curator, Consultant, Author. She studied History of Art at Cambridge University. In 1992 she started the first intensive course on the history of Western jewelry design, at Sotheby’s Institute in London. She has been working with Bulgari in many ways, for example curating five major exhibitions on Bulgari in Rome, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and San Francisco. From 2015 she works with Adventures in Art to develop innovative jewelry educational programs and jewelry related travel.
Graduated in Gemmology at the University of Rome, one of the features of his jewelry designs is the use of daring combinations of materials. He worked in the creative departments at Cartier and Bulgari. In 1999 he launched his first collection, which was sold at the most exclusive jewelry stores of Rome, Cortina, Porto Cervo, Palm Beach, New York and Long Island. In 2004 he opened his Atelier in Rome, representing the quintessence of his style.
Owner of Todini, a center specialized in design, engineering and manufacture of fine jewelry. The center works with several leading brands in the industry; its main feature is the experimentation of new creative processes. In 2013 he created DOME, a collection of fine jewelry and luxury accessories, characterized by the encounter between traditional techniques and the use of innovative materials.
Founder and CEO of the jewelry brand Anna e Alex. In 2006 she left the job as International Marketing Manager at Bulgari for nurturing her talent as Independent Designer. After her graduation in Business Administration at the University of Southern California she pursued a MA in International Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her passion for sharing her knowledge with students is evergreen since 2009.
Graduated in Fashion Design at IED Roma, he decided to work as an event planner, business that he has been running for ten years. After collaborating with the “Chiostro del Bramante” in Rome as events promoter, he started working for Concept. Thanks to this company, being in charge of communication and events for more than ten years he has been overseeing the image of important companies of jewelry and luxury, dealing mainly with communication and visual merchandising.
Independent Consultant and Advisor to private and institutional clients specialized in loose stones and high-end jewelry, antiques and modern. He has been working many years as a Buyer for the major Italian stones importer and wholesale dealer G. Paolillo and for the American jewelry manufacturer O.G.I. In 2002 he co-founded Rave and Drums, a jewelry designer company which accounted among its customers Armani-Fossil and Vera Wang. He holds several gemology qualifications, i.e. from IGI (Italy) on colored stones, from HRD (Antwerp) on diamonds.
Archaeologist, since 2009, she has been working in the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Within the same Ministry, she is also involved in the implementation of the European Heritage Label and the European Capital of Culture EU Actions, as well as the Italian Capital of Culture national initiative. She is member of the editorial board of many academic journals. She is author of nearly 70 publications concerning archaeology and ancient history, contemporary European issues related to culture, intercultural dialogue and citizenship.
IED Rome has 290 computer workstations organized in 12 IT Labs among which 7 multiplatform for a total amount of 340 Mac and Win operating systems. Each lab is connected to broadband internet, videoprojections, scanners and printers. The softwares are internationally recognized and frequently updated, just to mention some of the main softwarehouses AdobeTM, AppleTM, AutodeskTM, AvidTM, Blackmagic DesignTM, Cycling ’74, DigidesignTM, EpicTM, McNeelTM, MicrosoftTM, PixologicTM, The FoundryTM, UnityTM. The IT Labs are at the students’ disposal even in extra lesson time.
IED Rome has two libraries, each of which supports teaching, learning and research (books, newspapers, magazines, audiovisual material), available for consultation and borrowing, according to the procedures provided by the regulation.
Students by Jewelry Design can find any tools for jewelry, goldworking and silverworking in this space. It is equipped with modern welding torchs and machineries for every stage of metal working, wax manufacturing, reproduction through molds, prototyping. There are 13 individual workstations and security systems.