History of jewellery
A broad overview of the history of Goldsmith tradition in Italy and Europe. Students will learn to understand and recognise the styles and decorative techniques from ancient civilizations to contemporary jewellery. From Sumerian jewellery to the creations of ‘900.
After an initial approach to the tools and working materials, to the students will be taught all the most important goldsmith techniques, such as gas+air welding and the use of micro-flame, annealing, drilling, cutting, embossing, stamping, closures, settings, measurement of rings and bracelets, polishing, wax modeling, cleaning and, casting. Students will study items of increasing complexity with the aid of workbenches.
The school provides all the equipment and materials needed for teaching and studying Goldsmith Arts.
The course addresses the issue of digital modelling through the study of the fundamental principles of creating 3-D models. The software used, Rhinoceros, teaches students to create rings, pendants and earrings, and how to enrich them with precious stones. Moreover, students will be involved in learning terminology and concepts of 3-D, so that they are able to create a series of 3-D geometric models from technical drawings, sketches, models and written descriptions.
The course provides all students with the basic foundations concerning the world of precious stones. Gemstones’ creations, physical properties, shapes and major cuts are the main topics which will be studied. Students will also analyse the topics of weight and light and various types of inclusion, besides the different characteristics of different types of precious stones: diamond, corundum, beryl, coral, pearls, amber and quartz.
English for Goldsmith Art
This course focuses on the main features of the English language structures including phonology and grammar. It aims to support students in developing a specific vocabulary concerning the world of Jewellery in English. Students will improve their language learning through software applications, videos and CDs. Students will be also taught to have also have a full overview of the English terminology of Goldsmith and precious metals. Moreover, the course will prepare students to face in English the world of the Jewellery and Jewellery Exhibition with examples of interviews, commercial correspondence and product data sheets.