Silver Schools


University of Applied Sciences Trier
Department Gemstone and Jewellery Design from Idar-Oberstein, Germany

With regard to the four-semester major established in 2008, in Idar-Oberstein (Germany) the substantive position of the science, which attempts to combine art with applied art and design, has been redefined in a unique way. It is reflected in the serious mix of the two main specialities: precious stones and jewellery (Prof. Ute Eitzenhöfer and Prof. Theo Smeets) and sculpture (Prof. Lothar Brügel).

It is not simply about enriching the various modes of thought and artistic expression as sources of inspiration in design – in order to, for example, satisfy the needs of commercial jewellery – but it is also about the very definition of jewellery itself as an object of art. In this sense the school represents an understanding of jewellery that sees in ornaments something greater than merely their primary or ornamental function. On the one hand jewellery is an object in which not only its maker but also in particular its wearer and other third parties contemplating it, attach to it both their individual and collective feelings, images, memories and wishes. Thus, jewellery is something extremely personal contributing to the subjective and social aspects of its user's personality and highlighting his individuality. Based on the social responsibility arising from such an understanding of the role of ornaments, jewellery may not only become a work of art, but also a platform helping the artist to present his own views on the world surrounding him and other topics of interest. The major which opened in Idar-Oberstein can be described as a peculiar laboratory which moves with the times and is oriented towards the twin topics of internationality and discursiveness and also a laboratory where students and teachers cooperate on research and do not shy away from experimenting while working on their project entitled “Jewellery”.

One of the main topics of the design curriculum in Idar-Oberstein is precious stones. When implementing special projects it is possible to reuse traditional materials such as gemstones in order to create modern works based on original jewellery designs and develop fresh creative ideas and methods to process materials regardless of widely accepted notions of traditional craftsmanship, and irrespective of whether it relates to the selection of a facet cut or a specific piece made of a gemstone. Traditional beliefs of notions such as uniqueness, hardness and the purity of gemstones are subject to critical reflection but at the same time the relevance of their modern artistic interpretations, whose most notable difference relates only to the aesthetic properties of the materials used and are neither slick nor kitschy and which do not attempt to beguile us with the mere appearance of social advancement, is verified.
Wilhelm Lindemann


Edinburgh College of Art, Department of Jewellery and Silversmithing, Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is one of only a handful of colleges in the UK to hold the selective status of ‘specialist institution’. As an independent and specialist art school it benefits from having small student numbers, an excellent calibre of academic staff and a truly worldwide reputation - one recent graduate described the College as 'an ideas factory'.

Jewellery and Silversmithing is an internationally renowned department within the School of Design. Programme offers a four year BA (Hons) with external direct entry possible into year 2 and further postgraduate study at MA, MFA and Doctorate level.

Students learn to balance ‘practice’ with ‘innovation’ in the creation of personal and individual artefacts that share a common sensitivity to the complex relationships that humans form for objects. Studio work can be made with a wide range of materials, from precious or semi-precious metals and gemstones, to plastics, wood, paper, stone and textile. These materials are bound together through thoughtful and intense periods of studio-based practice underpinned by an ethos of experimentation, innovation and passion. Dedicated staff supports the reflective understanding of a subject that has a diverse spectrum from individual practice, research and theory to a wider industrial base - to this end the department embraces working with new technologies alongside traditional time-honoured techniques and processes.

Escola d'art del Treball from Barcelona, Spain

Art del treball, school of arts, is located in the center of Barcelona and our main objective is training our students so as to develop their creative and conceptual skills. We provide students the essential tools to be able to develop their future professional work. You will acquire technical and artistic knowledge so as to design and make jewels which suit market and fashion needs while highlighting your creative value. The curriculum is organized in a two year course plus a training period in a jewelry firm and a final coursework tutorized from the school.

Subjects such as computer assisted design, artistic drawing, technical drawing o r projects will provide graphic resources for you to develop your own ideas while you will also learn the main formal ergonomic and marketing requirements of a jewel.

History of jewelry, artistic analysis, gemology and work training will give you a theoretical point of view, having the jewel and the working environment as a referent.

At jewelry and wax models workshops you will exercise the manual skills in the command of the metal and create prototypes through microfusion.

Official qualification as a superior technician in artistic jewelry








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