The teachers of the jewellery courses are routinely aided by assistants, who are responsible for the single techniques. When required, the assistants also carry out the extremely important task of translators. English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese speakers are available.
Our teachers and assistants have one thing in common: a great capacity for communicating and for transmitting their know-how, acquired over many years of educational and professional experience. They are, therefore, able to train students who are also conscious of the issues associated with the execution and production of jewellery, with the aesthetic and formal problems tied with wearing a piece of jewellery, with the evolution of styles and with the constraints of the market and of commissions in general. They help the students to orient their choices, both on the basis of their inclination towards one technique or another and on the basis of the evolutions of the market.
Hallmark of the school is an atmosphere of great partnership and availability.
Everyone considers this an indispensable aspect for fostering the leaning process.
Types of jewellery in the 14th century
Jewellery was used by men, women and children. For children’s jewellery, colored glass was used instead of gemstones.
Noblemen used sheaths for swords, spurs, belts and brooches. Women wore brooches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
At the close of the 14th century, as the fashion of accentuating dress necklines became wide-spread, necklaces with pendants also became popular.
The most popular piece of jewellery in this period was the brooch, almost always composed of a ring with a central pin, with the practical use of holding capes together at the neck.
Piero della Francesca,
particolare dal ritratto di Federico da Montefeltro
e sua moglie Battista Sforza, 1465-66.
Another jewellery artifact widely used by men and women alike was the belt, which could be decorated and carry silver buckles and studs.
Rings were worn on all fingers, including thumbs. The same ring was used as both engagement and wedding ring, and was slipped on the third finger of the bride during the wedding ceremony.