VICE + FLOW – Jewelry exhibition at LdM Gallery

VICE + FLOW (April 23 – May 2nd 2019) A double exhibition in Jewelry Design, featuring the works of LdM Certificate Students and artists Xin Liao, Avani Prajapati and Meagan Moses. VICE engaged in a polyphonic, multicultural and multi-material thematic reflection, showing various interpretations of the seven capital vices.  VICE. Each approach is diverse, and…

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Jewelry of the Medici

By Mariajosé Rojo Even if you have never lived in Florence you have probably heard of the Medici family. They were one of the most powerful families not just in Italy, but of the Renaissance. They were bankers who, starting from nothing, became one of the noblest families by having, not just one, but three…

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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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