Jewelry Design - Fall Semester

Semester Courses - Milan

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Jewelry is more than craftsmanship, it’s an art that requires the ability to translate an intangible idea into a concrete object. Jewels are more than wearing ornaments, they are ‘documents’ that reflect the historical and cultural context as well as the technology of the time in which they were made.

The Jewelry Design semester program gives you the possibility to get steps forward into the jewelry design field, allowing you to you acquire the skills in order to comprehend the profession of designing and creating jewelry objects. The educational path is sketch out so to help you to understand and acquire a working knowledge of jewelry artistry, from cultural notions related to history of jewelry and the jewelry manufacturing techniques, up to the methodology and the designing of jewels. 



  • Start date
    October 2021
  • Duration
    18 weeks
  • Attendance
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Schedule:  Lessons run from Monday to Friday morning and/or afternoon. 

Level and prerequisites:  This course is designed for secondary school graduates wishing to learn the fundamentals of jewelry design or university students and professionals from other fields, looking for a career change. Apart from an intermediate level of English and the high-school diploma, there are no other prerequisites to enter the course.

Methodology and structure: The course is fully integrated with the first semester of the Three-year course in Jewelry Design, except for the Design Methods and jewelry design classes, which are dedicated exclusively to the semester students.

Throughout the semester, lectures are alternated with laboratory activities, which provide you with the technical, cultural and basic design tools, necessary to manage your creativity and identity. 

The very initial step will be an introduction to the history of art, with the most important artistic movements, and their leading personalities, as well as of the jewel evolution. Furthermore you will learn to use the traditional drafting techniques necessary to illustrate shapes, forms, and textures of jewelry works. Finally you acquire the correct design methodology ( tools, techniques, and materials ) to design and realize prototypes in the jewelry lab.

Through the course you will also learn to interpret the main changes in the history of art and fashion, putting them in relation with the constant development of jewelry and body accessories. 


  • Study Plan

    • Style and History of Art and Costume

      The course investigates the most important artistic movements and their leading personalities in the modern age up to the beginning of the XX century.

      The goal is to build the basis to develop proper critical design competences to comprehend and contextualize the world of minor arts where the jewel belongs to.

    • Design Methods

      Design methods is concerned with the ‘how’ and ‘when’ things happen: how an idea is born, developed, defined and communicated. The course goes through the different phases, from the concept to its articulation through approaching the proper tools of technical and creative representation.

    • Technical Drawing

      Through this course you acquire the basis of free hand drawing techniques. The course trains you to define the structure and the specific techniques of a product, through orthogonal views. The fine jewellery gouache tecnique used allows you to realise artistic renderings.

    • History of Design

      This course examine the jewel evolution, from the ancient times to the 19th century, analysing styles and techniques. The main goal is to show the complexity of the sector by defining its roots and putting the jewel in relation to the social, artistic and cultural context.

    • Modeling Techniques

      Through this course you acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to build finished jewels. You learn to realize the main types of jewelry: ring, earring, brooch and necklace with the easiest mechanisms of clasp and link.

    • Graphic Design

      You learn to present a project to a potential client. The use of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign allows you to acquire IT literacy for expressing your ideas. Digital tools are put in relation with visual perception, in order to teach how to maximise the impact of a concept, managing 2D images and a fast rendering of models.

    • Jewelry Design 1

      This is the first design project managed independently by students. During the course they put into practice theoretical skills as well as the project methodology they acquired, paying a special attention to the technical sketch, the choice of materials and the final realisation.

    • Perception Theory and the Psychology of Form

      This course explores sensory perceptions and cognitive processes and explains how our senses function is related to those functions with theory of colour, perception and psychology of form. Students focus on practical and sensorial feature of experience and on communicating emotions through a jewel. The main goal is to create awareness of basic perception tools to design jewels as multisensorial experiences.

    • Goldsmith Lab Workshop

      The course aims to provide basic information for access to the goldsmith’s laboratory. Starting from the safety rules of use of the space, students will then analyse the equipment and the methods of preparation of alloy, slabs and silver wires.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

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Giulia Savino - Course Coordinator

Giulia Savino - Course Coordinator
Italian Jewelry Designer and artisan with an international and multicultural background and experience in jewelry design processes, jewelry making and exhibiting. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Jewelry and Body Ornament ( Florence ), where she was mentored by Belgian designer Nedda El Asmar, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design. For three years Giulia lived in Cairo, where she contributed to the setting and opening of the Middle East’s first ever jewelry school, set up by the pioneer and awardwinning designer Azza Fahmy – “The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy”. While there she worked as a teacher and an assistant of the Director Estela Saez. Her work is focused on the project 1:20.000, a collection of maps in the shape of jewels, that has been exhibited in Turin at Officina 500, in Melbourne at Bini Gallery and other exhibitions around the world.

Francesca Torri

Francesca Torri
Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith, Francesca graduated at IED in 1987 and obtained a Diploma in Gemmology and Diamonds from Istituto Gemmologico Italiano. Between 1993 to 1999 she worked as Jewellery Design Course Coordinatore at IED, while from 2003 to 2008 she worked as Goldsmithing Teacher at Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana. Presently she is Art Director at TanzaniaMaasaiWomenArt. Furthermore Francesca Torri designs and makes jewels “ad personam” with precious metals and non-precious materials.

Alessandro Laita

Alessandro Laita
Alessandro Laita obtained a Degree in Visual Arts in Venice and between 2010 and 2015 he worked in the same Faculty as Lewis Baltz and Adrian Paci teaching assistant. His works are exposed in Venice (FondazioneBevilacqua La Masa - Italy), Winterthur (Villa Straüli - Switzerland), YADDO (Saratoga Springs - NY - U.S.A.) and Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris - France). He has also exhibited in Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Fondazione Spinola Banna (Turin), Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea (Monfalcone - Italy), Via Farini (Milan), Placentia Arte (Piacenza), Stazione Rogers (Trieste), Fondazione March (Padova), Pro Arts Gallery (Oakland), George Barber Gallery (Berlin), Manuela Klerkx Gallery (Milan).

Dario Mambretti

Dario Mambretti
Dario Mambretti attended artistic and design studies, and after the apprenticeship he begun to create and draw his own jewels and to collaborate with fashion and jewellery brands such as Giuliano Fujiwara and Busatti Milano.In his international career has created exclusive jewels with incredible details using high quality materials that make these objects unique and inimitable. He exhibited in JCK Las Vegas and New York at JA. Currently he works on his three lines: fashion accessories in silver and alternative materials, jewels in gold and precious stones and fine jewellery.

Ubaldo Peveri

Ubaldo Peveri
Ubaldo Peveri studied Sculpture and Traditional Goldsmith Techniques at Accademia di Brera. He acquired experience while working in goldsmith laboratories, designing and creating jewelry pieces, particularly with unconventional materials. He currently teaches and directs the goldsmith lab at IED Milan for the undergraduate programs.

Alessandra Quattordio

Alessandra Quattordio
Art Historian and Journalist, she began at the end of the seventies as Curator of art and photography catalogs published by the Levante Gallery in Milan. After graduating in Art History at the Università Statale of Milan, she began to collaborate with magazines - including Flash Art, Art, Art In, Meridiani - and with industry publications. In particular she has been Senior Editor at Vogue Jewelry (for twelve years) and at AD Architectural Digest (for fifteen years). Currently she teaches History of Jewelry at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan and continues her journalistic collaborations with Corriere della Sera and Artribune and presentations of artists and exhibitions.

Chiaralice Rizzi

Chiaralice Rizzi
Graduated from IUAV in Venice in 2016 she has been awarded of the Lewis Baltz Research Fund and published her first book with MACK (London) together with Alessandro Laita. She has been recipient of scholarships and artists residencies at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Villa Straüli in Winterthur (CH), YADDO in Saratoga Springs (U.S). She lives and works between Milan and Venice. Her work is present in the collection of Fondazione Fotografia in Modena. She is the Artistic Director of the contemporary jewelry gallery Ohmyblue, that she founded in 2013 in Venice together with her sister, Elena Rizzi.

Marta Petri

Marta Petri
She graduated in Industrial Design at Istituto Europeo di Design and started to work thereafter as an independent consultant in an international environment. During a long collaboration period with Lego Company, she has taken part in several different research and development projects concerning new toys and plays. Exploiting her background in arts, she experienced several drawing techniques, from pencil to airbrush. As a designer, she combines free-hand techniques and computer ones on a daily basis.

Maia Sambonet

Maia Sambonet
Visual Designer, Graduated in ‘Performance: Design and Practice’ in London. Back to Milan, Maia worked as a Visual Artist, exhibiting in different contexts in Italy and abroad. In Paris, she followed Collective Ludwig’s (Christine Kono and Dimitris Kraniotis) dance atelier. In 2014, she co-founded with Claude Marzotto the Milan-based design studio òbelo÷, specialising in visual projects for art, education, and culture. She has been teaching in several design universities and schools in Italy and abroad.