The Jewelry and Accessories Designer works in team and knows how to interpret social changes, transforming them into innovative products, for what concerns the collective imaginary, materials, and productive processes employed. This professional has a deep knowledge of fashion, arts, and market trends, is able to identify social dynamics and to understand the DNA of the companies he, or she, works for. This figure has a solid technical preparation and knows how to manage both traditional productive processes and the digital and industrial ones, with a great attention for innovative materials. Jewelry Designers gather the accuracy and ethic that characterise jewellery to the levity and temporary nature of fashion. A multidisciplinary preparation helps students to become professional figures that are interesting for different companies looking for innovation.
IED FOR DODO: THE TWELVES
The Twelves is a Thesis Project by Chen Huiyi from the course in Jewelry Design at IED Milano. She created a capsule collection of twelve charms representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac through animal features and irony.
Chen’s project was among the best Final Projects developed after Dodo’s brief of designing a collection that would look great in the brand’s boutiques and windows by coherence with Dodo’s features and storytelling.
Therefore, students visited the Milanese boutique in via Montenapoleone to begin their research and start designing.
Take a look at the process behind The Twelves.
In traditional China, dating methods were cyclical, which means something is repeated time after time according to a pattern.
The zodiac reflects this cyclical method: every year is assigned to an animal according to a repeating cycle of twelve years and each sign represents a basic personality.
BEAUTY OF SILENCE
Beautiful things don’t have to be active, sometimes the beauty comes out quietly and unexpectedly. Ikebana is a flower arrangement technique with the highest aesthetic value that combines humanity and nature, being a perfect representation of silent beauty. This jewellery collection – created by Fan Wu, Jewelry Design student at IED Milano – takes inspiration from Ikebana and is made of natural materials such as metals and stones.
The Lucebianca company, a famous Italian goldsmith’s group, has launched a competition for its well-known brand Le Bebè, a line of themed jewelry especially dedicated to mothers, fathers and children. The students of the three-year course of Jewelry Design participated in the competition proposing necklaces with innovative locking systems and application of charms. The two students who created the selected models won a cash prize and an internship at the Society, in the new site opened in Rome. They are Simona Talamelli and Claudia Maria Verona Rinati, who participated in the competition while attending the third year of the IED Roma Design del Gioiello course.
“All evaluated documents were remarkable – said CEO of the brand, Fabrizio Verde – The choice was not easy and in the end we decided to reward the two works that seemed more interesting for the stylistic subjects proposed and the care of the presentation”.
WORKSHOP WITH WAX
One of the techniques used for jewels’ creation is modelling with wax, which is molten in metal and then refined. Together with the Jewellery Maker Gabi Veit, IED Milano students, during the first year, take part to a workshop to learn using this technique in traditional goldworking. It is carried out through 20 hours of laboratory sessions, in which participants start adopting an experimental approach using this technique.
chiara cesaraccio and collection of shoes, atlantis
A talented Alumna from IED Firenze presents her first collection of shoes: discovering ancient artisan traditions for the valorisation of a woman who expresses her identity also through the accessories she wear.
The first association that comes to mind when thinking about the concept of classic, in the artistic and aesthetic field, is the idea of perfection. The student Chiara Riccò develops her Final Project for the Undergraduate course in Design del Gioiello e Accessori at IED Torino, starting from the classical definition of beauty in relation to art, nature and man.
This association has generated lines, colors, stains and decompositions: key elements of the patterns created for Mazzucchelli and inspiration basis for the creation of jewelry.
Complessità e dettagli
How can we go back to the details from a complex system?
All the reality that surrounds us is a product of complex systems originating from an assembly of many small parts between them.
These reflections led Atefeh Rezaei to start her Final Project in Design del Gioiello e Accessori at IED Torino. Complexity, however, was not read as chaos, but as an element capable of making every single form of life unique; one can see it, for example, in the various colors that compose a painting, until getting to the harmony of shapes and colors of a simple flower, like the one represented in Atefeh’s project. The research behind the design investigates the types of perception that each association of shape, color and detail determines on the observer, starting from the basic concepts of “plastic semiotics”.
SPECIAL PROJECT: COSCIA, OUR FIRST 100 YEARS
For its first centenary, the COSCIA brand, international leader in pearl processing, asked IED Roma students for creative ideas to develop its products’ lines. Emanuela Fletzer and Elisa Gronchi respectively created AMA and Fenice, the two collections chosen by the company and presented at Vicenzaoro, the most important jewelry show in Europe.
IED ALUMNI: SOFIA MAGALLANES DE CANDIDO
Read the interview of Sofia Magallanes de Candido, from Mexico, alumna of the Undergraduate course in Jewelry Design at IED Milano. After her studies she started a sparkling career in some of the most prestigious brands, such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Lorenz Bäumer Paris and Cartier, and she designed jewels for celebrities, such as Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Coppola, Natalia Vodianova. Her diamonds bracelet Reflection de Cartier ended up in the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Nowadays Sofia works as a professional in Canada, dreaming to establishing her own business.
Trapped in a crowd
Although the city is large, there is a little room for everyone to breathe freely. The whole city is a big cage in which people are confined. This feeling gave the inspiration for the project Trapped in a crowd, developed by the Xiner Wang, Jewelry Design student at IED Milano. The materials used are concrete and chain as symbols oppression.
Contemporary jewellery is more and more getting rid of the excessive emphasis on design and shapes, and is gradually moving towards an emotional dimension. This project aims at raising people’s attention on the unfree condition of urban populations.
IED MILANO JEWELRY LABORATORY
Design and produce a jewel requires dedication, research and the tools that allow to express creativity. Just like IED Milano Jewellery Lab that is equipped with 18 workstations and all the necessary instruments for jewels’ creation. Students can find specific tools and machines for the productionof prototypes, such as:
– 3D printer
– tumble finishing machine
– computerised numerically controlled milling machine
– microflame welder
– electro-galvanic machine.
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EDUCATION GOES ALONG YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER
The professional world requires a highly qualified and cross-disciplinary preparation. For this reason, IED suggests its students to keep themselves informed and updated through courses that are complementary to those they followed during their undergraduate pathway.
See the list of IED Master courses held in Italy, in English language: learn more.
IED TORINO FASHION SHOW
A breef summary of the backstage and the catwalks of IED Torino students in Fashion Design and Design e Design del Gioiello e Accessori, who presented their Final Projects.