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LAO – Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School

LAO – Le Arti Orafe
Jewellery School & Academy in Florence

Studying, learning, experimenting without limits or boundaries.

Established in 1985 by Giò Carbone, LAO – Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School was the first Italian school devoted to contemporary jewellery, and since the very beginning has encouraged and promoted a learning process emphasizing technical training, contemporary design, artistic research. LAO have its headquarters in the historic and artistic heart of Florence, in the Santo Spirito/San Frediano district.

Our completely innovatory teaching method is continuously updated and in perpetual evolution. LAO has left behind the old educational stereotypes, and has invented, tested and refined a creative, customized way of learning.

Nowadays the school is one of the most important in Europe, it is an Accredited Training Agency for courses approved and financed by the ESF (European Social Fund), and an Authorized entity for Erasmus projects.

The school has five workshops for practical activities, a gemology classroom, a library, a CAD studio and two classrooms for design and theory lessons. Main courses are held in Italian language, and foreign students are required to have an B1 level knowledge of this language. Courses in English could be scheduled on demand.

Besides the normal education activities, LAO has a long curriculum of events, collaborations with people and companies and different projects in different areas and countries. Stories of friendship, cooperation, cultural exchange and enrichment with professionals, artists, friends.

Since 2005 the school organizes “PREZIOSA” the international exhibition devoted to Contemporary Jewellery, and the side contest/ exhibition PREZIOSA YOUNG. Since 2015 the school organizes the “FLORENCE JEWELLERY WEEK” an intensive 7-day event devoted to the jewellery world and the complex relationships between artistic research, crafts and design.

The school organizes training courses in: Jewellery making; Jewellery design; CAD; Stone setting; Hand Engraving
Every year, summer, short, intensive and week-end courses are scheduled


LAO – Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School
Via dei Serragli, 104-124 – 50124 Firenze (Italy)
Tel: +39 055 22 80 131 Fax: +39 055 22 80 163