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Established in Florence in 1985 by Giò Carbone, Le Arti Orafe (in English: “The Art of Jewellery”) was the first Italian school devoted to contemporary jewellery, conceived along original lines that combine technical training, contemporary design, artistic research
Our completely innovatory teaching methods is continuosly updated and in perpetual evolution, has left behind the old educational stereotypes, and has invented, tested and refined a creative, personalised way of learning, without losing sight of the acquisition of the techniques and concepts
Nowadays the school is the most important private school in Europe, is Credited by the educational Authority, and has many imitators, in Florence, in Italy and around the world
LAO has always stood out because of its activities in promoting jewellery culture in the widest and most complete sense of the expression, and for many years organizes exhibitions, conferences, meetings related with contemporary research jewellery
Since 2005 the school organizes “PREZIOSA”, the international exhibition devoted to Contemporary Jewellery, along with the contest/exhibition PREZIOSA YOUNG.