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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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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The Jewelry Interviews Part 1: From Mexico to Florence

Interviewee: Elias Serhan Janbey LdM Jewelry Art & Design Certificate student   ——————————————————————— Hi Elias! Before we start the interview, why don’t you tell us something about yourself? I come from Torreon, a city up in the north of Mexico. For seven months I’ve been studying at LdM now and so far it’s been really…

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