A Confluence of Ideas: The Secret Language of Art

The LdM Jewelry Design and Fashion Department recently hosted a seminar dedicated to the students of The LdM School of Design. I had the opportunity to attend the seminar and hear from the fascinating Nichka Marobin. Nichka Marobin is a Dutch and Flemish art historian. She focuses her work on the migration of forms, themes…

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The Pitti Palace’s Hidden Gems

During my study here in Florence I have been fortunate enough to explore the various museums and historical monuments located around the city. One particular museum that is a must-see for the students of the LDM Jewelry Design Department is the Pitti-Palace, as it holds the Medician jewels in its Museo degli Argenti. The palace…

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Photography, Drawing, and Jewelry – Oh My!

In November 2016, I had the opportunity to interview Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Professor Daria Borovkova.  Along with teaching Jewelry design at LdM, Professor Borovkova wears many different hats!  During our meeting I started to understand more about the creative process of jewelry making and how true artists are able to take inspiration from anything…

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Where Fiorino comes from

Ever since Cosimo de’ Medici expelled the butchers and their supposedly smelly meat from the Ponte Vecchio and brought in the jewelers, jewelry has been at the heart of Florentine culture.  Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly how it went…  Thankfully, during a recent class trip to the Penko Goldsmith shop, the Penko family along…

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Nerding out at the Nerdi Goldsmiths’ Laboratory

You might not be a huge history buff, but staying in Florence will definitely turn you into one, as long as you’re a hoper of far-flung hopes. On a field trip to a goldsmiths’ laboratory, which we were visiting to find out about the traditional Florentine jewellery-making processes, we also discovered a new passion for…

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The many facets of a gemologist

by Rebecca Tassell While on a class field trip to the Crystals exhibit at La Specola museum, I had the opportunity to interview my gemology professor, Chiara Masini. A fitting location for an interview with a gemologist! Prof. Masini started teaching at LdM three years ago. She is a treasure chest of knowledge and skill…

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A Sneak Peek

by Rebecca Tassell On December 11th, the LdM Jewelry certificate students will be showcasing our pieces for the end of semester exhibition. The theme of the event is fairytales: an interpretation between fantasy and reality. Here are a few pieces made in our wax carving class:   I love seeing the work of my classmates and…

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The Art of Lost Wax Casting

by Rebecca Tassell Just behind the Basillica of Santa Croce sits a quaint artisan shop filled with true Florentine jewelry designs. Inside you will find the works of DFG Firenze aka “The Bottega.” The three owners, Roberto Dorovandi, Riccardo Filippini and Stefano Gabrieli, opened the shop in 1995 and have since been perfecting the art…

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The Jewelry Interviews Part II: From Sketch to Stunner

Interviewee: Elias Serhan Janbey LdM Jewelry Art & Design Certificate student   ——————————————————————   So Elias, ready for part two of our LdM Jewelry interview series? To start with, what does Jewelry Making mean for you? Jewelry Making is my passion! Any project I begin starts with just an idea and goes on to become…

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