Jewelry Design

Major in Jewelry Design

Three year Courses - Milan

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A Jewelry Designer develops and manages the whole jewel collection project, from the concept and creative sketch – using both hands-on and digital techniques - to defining a mood and producing the collection. Alongside design skills he boasts an extensive culture of design, fashion and art, allowing to interpret trends, styles, market needs, consumer growth which make him able to provide creative and innovative design proposals. The knowledge of industrial mechanisms and marketing/communication strategies allows to properly interact with other professionals and e comprehend the whole production chain.

Career opportunities– Jewelry Design, Product Manager, Jewelry Technician, Independent Artist 

Title Degree – This course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as a BA and awards 180 credits.

This Course is held also in: Turin -  Rome - 
  • Credits
  • Start date
    October 2017
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
  • Language

Contest - The course involves the contemporary professional scenario keeping in mind two apparently conflicting realities: personal work and design for a company, two aspects demanding to be dealt with the same importance.

Methodology and structure – Once the analysis and research methodology is gained, a Jewel Designer can look at the surrounding society to highlight main features and symbols that can be translated into innovative products, according to his personal taste. 
The course develops a massive technical and design knowledge to define a collection and produce prototypes.

Students learn to appreciate the expressive possibilities of different materials, either traditional or innovative, by analysing material, chemical and morphologic features. The jewel and all its aesthetic, technical and economical features is deepened through dedicated laboratories.  

Design method becomes more and more relevant and the student can handle it. Creative sketch – made with hands-on graphic techniques – is supported by softwares and 3D print technologies to design objects through renderings and 3D modelings.
Design management course, in particular, provides the necessary competences to plan, promote and manage cultural and design activities. 

The course ends with the Final Project calling students to design a whole collection following their personal taste.




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.

Federica Sala - Course Coordinator

Federica Sala - Course Coordinator
Start as the assistant of the Italian Designer Giorgio Vigna. Her works was exposed at Mad Museum in New York, at Society of Arts and Craft in Boston, at SOFA in Chicago. During the Munich Jewellery Week, her jewel Unbearable Lightness was one of ten best jewellery’s pieces exhibited. She was selected for the Stanislav Libensky Award and in 2016, she won the Marzee International Graduate Prize. Some of her pieces are in the Marzee Permanent Collection.

Chiara Scarpitti

Chiara Scarpitti
Transdisciplinary Designer, specialized in contemporary jewelry, and Ph.D in Design at Second University of Studies of Naples with a research about Post Digital Manufacturing. Her researches investigate different aspects of the contemporary material culture, exploring technology through a humanistic approach. Her activities concern the teaching, writing, workshops, scientific research.  

Alessandra Quattordio

Alessandra Quattordio
Historian and Journalist, she began at the end of the seventies to work 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 D’Ars, Flash Art, Art, Art In, Meridiani – and with industry publications, in particular she’s been Senior Editor at Vogue Jewelry for ten years. She currently teaches History of Jewelry at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan.

Misia Mazza

Misia Mazza
Graduated in Jewellery Design at IED, she started teaching Rhinoceros to goldsmith firms and fashion companies, as well as interior design companies, automotive and architecture studios. At the same time, she keeps on collaborating as a freelance for important and well-known Italian brands and goldsmiths, taking part in the project and development of jewellery collections and fashion accessories. Specialized in prototyping and laser cutting, she worked as consultant for production companies of many Italian brands, such as Bulgari and Pomellato.

Jacopo Bargellini

Jacopo Bargellini
He is a Strategic Design Consultant, dealing with innovation and trends research for international companies, among which: Philips, Panasonic, Swarovski, JVC, Versace, Sharp, ING Direct, Guzzini, Candy, Versace Casa, San Pellegrino, 3M, Morellato, U-boat, Samsung, Verallia Saint Gobain, LG, Indesit, Ceres. As a Journalist he wrote I 12 principi del design management: costruire un’azienda design oriented and Design Trendsetting: capire le tendenze per creare prodotti innovativi both edited by Franco Angeli.   

Cagil Aygen

Cagil Aygen
Cagil Aygen is a Graphic Designer focused on brand identities and vector illustrations. He works with a range of businesses including start-ups, established brands, agencies, food sectors and magazines. He collaborated in different project with a couple of universal brands from different fields, such as packaging design for Illy and Motta and branding & illustration for Luxottica, Danone and Alfa-Wassermann. Moreover, he designs fonts for .  

Maria Grazia Rodi

Maria Grazia Rodi
She start her carreer winning the contest “Le nuove creazioni diamant” by De Beers. Since that time she design jewels, accessories and furnishings in collaborations with national and international company. For World Gold Council she follows projects in Middle and Far East participated to the writing of three trends books. In 2000 she won the contest “Auritalia loves United Arab Emirates”.  From 2007 she works as Visual Merchandising Specialist Lindt & Sprungli.

Paola Casorati

Paola Casorati
She began her professional career at Team 77, advertising studio in Milan, becoming then Art Director at Maison Scavia where she currently works with the goldsmith and gemmological laboratories in the research, selection and purchase of precious stones for the creation of Fine Jewelry collections. As Designer, she follows the Scavia Accessories Store. She won many awards like "Diamonds International Award" and "GIE Tahitian Pearl Trophy" among others.

Francesca Torri

Francesca Torri
Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith she designs and makes customized jewels with precious metals and non-precious materials. Graduated at IED in 1987. She has a Diploma in Gemmology and Diamonds at Istituto Gemmologico Italiano and Coordinator of Jewellery Design Course at IED from 1993 to 1999, Goldsmithing Teacher at Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana from 2003 to 2008, Art Director for the International project MaasaiWomenArt.  

Olivia Corio

Olivia Corio
She worked as Editor and Producer for Mtv, in London and Milan. As a professional Journalist she contributed to various magazines, among them Harper's Bazaar, Fashion, Virus Mutations, Tutto Musica, Grazia, Cosmopolitan. She has recently discovered a vocation for fiction. She published her first novel, Colpiscimi, (Alet Edizioni in 2011) followed by Mappe sulla pelle (Ed.It Press 2012), a collection of monologues from various female novelists.

Matteo Moscatelli

Matteo Moscatelli
Architect with PhD in Architecture, urban design, conservation of housing and landscape. He won many awards for his projects. Currently he teaches at IED, at Politecnico di Milano, and at the Spring Semester of the University of Southern California. He is the author of the monographies On the road: Milano, 2015, Archibook Expo 2015, Zurigo. La ricerca dell’essenziale, Venezia 2006, Senso e forma dell’architettura contemporanea. Le tecniche del comporre, 2009 and of a few itineraries of contemporary architecture for the magazine Area.

  • I year

    • Style, 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 - the jewel belongs to.


    • Design Methodology

      How an idea was born, 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.


    • Materials Typology 1

      Familiarity with how materials behave provides students with the tools for translating an idea into a creation and understanding the expressive potential of the various materials, both traditional and experimental.

    • Technical Drawing

      In this course students learn the basis of free-hand techniques. Contributes of technical design, aims at training student to define the structure and the specific techniques of a product, through orthogonal views.


    • History of Design 1

      This course offers a path of 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 1

      This course provides students with the theoretical and practical tools they need to build finished jewels. Students learn the basic jewel typologies: ring, earring, brooch and necklace with the easiest mechanisms of clasp and hinge.


    • Graphic Design 1

      Using graphic composition programs - Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign - to acquire IT literacy makes it easier for students to express an idea and enables the digital tools of representation to be correlated with the notions of visual perception.

    • Jewelry Design 1

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

    • Arts Semiotics

      The methodological approach underlying this course is based on examining the unity between the form and content of aesthetic effects and conditions of usage. By analysing the meaning of symbols, semiotics unveals the communication process: how it unfolds the story behind every product.

    • Theory of Perception and the Psychology of Form

      Students focus on catching the 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.


  • II year

    • Materials Typology 2

      The course completes the overview on traditional materials connected to jewels design so that they can deal with alternative materials. The course strengthens students' competences in finding the most suitable and coherent materials, by respecting their bonds and issues.

    • Drawing Techniques and Technologies

      Starting out from the basic techniques learned in Technical Drawing, this course implements the methods of illustration, through hand drawn rendering, used to facilitate effective communications when representing volumes, materials and structures of jewels.

    • History of Design 2

      The course deals with the history of the jewel in relation to fashion that enhanced its possibilities. Alternative materials, history of jewelry, body-object relation and stilystic evolution of the jewel within the most popular fashion houses are some of the topics covered.

    • Modeling Techniques 2

      This development on the practices of model-making is designed to support the realisation of complete prototypes throughout the 2nd year.

    • Jewelry Design 2

      This course builds on what students learned during the first year, stimulating them to create designs at a higher level of complexity and with more itemised definition of formal and technical details.

    • Design

      The course allows students to explore and experiment alternative materials, combining them with traditional ones to design a jewels contemporary collection.


    • 3D Computer Model-Making Techniques

      This course encompasses modelling lessons and 3D practice through Rhinoceros training and prototypes simulations possible thanks to 3D printer and numerical control machine

    • Design Management

      This course is connected to the strategic principles of marketing for the purpose of understanding and anticipating the expectations and needs of consumers and users.

    • Sociology of Culture

      The study of sociology dwells upon social processes related to fashion system, in order to anticipate trends, changes and relations between consumer and product. The course stimulates students’ ability to translate the encrypted meanings behind a design project concerned with the socio-cultural dimension.


    • History of Fashion 1

      The evolution of styles and tastes in Western fashions from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. The course analyses the social and technical processes typical of the changes that took place in the fashion system in this period, also by looking into case studies of fashion designers and their collections.


  • III year

    • Jewelry Design 3

      The course consist in two design projects dedicated to contemporary jewelry. The purpose of these hours is to lead to a higher quality level the knowledge gained from the beginning of the school in terms of concept, materials and technique.

    • 3D Rendering Technologies

      This course develops on the material taught in the course on Digital and 3D Computer Modelling Techniques, focusing on using special software packages to produce renderings.

    • Fashion Scenario

      The course tackles the analysis and the study of icons, subcultures and contemporary fashion brands, contextualizing them in their own scenario.

    • Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts

      Alongside contemporary jewel design, the course deals with the relationships between the movements and artists, paying attention to different communication possibilities.

    • History of Contemporary Architecture

      The course aims to put architectural production into the context of design. After discussing the fundamental cultural and technical processes at work in the second half of the nineteenth century, the course looks into the details of the inheritance of the Modern Movement and how it was expressed in various different geographical contexts.


    • Jewelry Design 4

      The course is dedicated to the research for the final project. The student faces this path supported by 3 different professors, analysing the main theme of the final project, from 3 points of view: narrative of images, materials and realization of final project artbook.