Basic Jewellery 1 - First Year of Alchimia's Study Program


Italy: Florence


First year students begin their studies by learning the basic techniques necessary for creating jewellery. Our teachers guide students through both this training and the design process in a way that allows students a gradual technical and creative development. The main goal of the course is to equip students with confidence in the fundamentals of jewellery making, which contribute to the design and subsequent creation of jewellery.

* Basic techniques of jewelery construction
* Freehand drawing
* Analysis of form
* Wax modelling
* Rendering
* Prototyping
* Engraving

Admission Requirements:
* No exams are required for admission to this course.
* The maximum number of students admitted is 12.


Alchemia, a private contemporary jewelry school located in Florence, Italy, was founded in 1998 by Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger. With students of all different ages and nationalities, the cultural diversity of the student body is an important strength of the school that contributes towards a rich cross-mingling of ideas and creative expression.

In courses from beginning to advanced levels, students are supported in technical and conceptual research by an internationally recognized group of instructors and artists. The school's annual course curriculum is designed in a sequential manner to allow students the progressive development of an awareness and understanding of their individual work, as well as the contemporary jewelry field. The school's participation in numerous exhibitions, symposiums, and international fairs completes the program on a professional level. Students may also be invited to enter directly into the second or third year courses, following a portfolio review and permission from the school. The intensive course program is designed to give students of all levels the opportunity to focus on a particular technique, concept, or material study. Specifically tailored for those with a limited time available to study, one-on-one tutoring allows students an in-depth research in to an area of jewelry study of their own individual choosing.


Academic Year


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Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Minimum Education

High School

Subject Areas

  • Arts
  • Design
  • Jewelry Design

Cost in US$:

Euro 8,200 (about USD 11,150), VAT tax excluded.

Program Fees Include:

Each student enrolled is given his/her own personal workbench, and permitted access to all facilities during school office hours for the entire school year.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of maximum 12

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1 to 4 weeks