MILAN — Continuing to preserve Milan’s signature goldsmith tradition, the Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana academy is gearing up to inaugurate a new school on Nov. 29.
Established in 1995 by Luca Solari, the Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana offers a wide range of courses for those who want to first approach the world of jewelry-making and then specialize in specific artisanal and technical sectors.
The original location on Milan’s Via Tadino, a stone’s throw from Porta Venezia, was followed by a second school on Via Savona. With the opening of the new spaces, located on nearby Via Tortona, the heart of the city’s design district, the school on Via Savona will be transformed into a goldsmith laboratory. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, bank holidays included, it will give students and alumni the chance to manufacture their creations using advanced machines in a safe environment at accessible prices.
“Along with our courses, we have a total of 50 work stations in three different locations, which are all designed to have students and professionals socializing in a friendly environment,” Solari said.
Along with offering amateur classes, the Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana operates the Professional Goldsmithing Course, which requires 148 hours to be completed, as well as the advanced Haute Jewelry Course, a specialization program of 102 hours.
“Instead of delivering a fixed schedule, we enable our students to customize their own calendar in the most flexible and versatile way possible,” said Solari, adding that the Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana trains about 150 people every year. “We have a teacher for every three students and we define a dedicated program according to each individual’s necessity.”
In particular, Solari said the course structure is different for those who want to be hired by a big brand, those who would like to join a small laboratory or those who are keen on launching their own jewelry label.
Thanks to its specialization and flexible organization, the Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana also developed specific courses in collaboration with major jewelry brands such as Cartier, Bulgari, Damiani and Buccellati.
“Each company has its own specialization so we train professionals who have the right skills to join a specific brand,” said Solari, who also develops courses in collaboration with the Politecnico University of Milan and fashion school Istituto Marangoni.
The Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana, with average prices between 2,500 euros and 2,700 euros for a professional course, will end 2018 with revenues of 750,000 euros.