“There cannot be any true innovation without the knowledge of what came before.
Tradition and innovation, like mind and hand, need to move together.”

—Doris Maninger & Lucia Massei

Alchimia contemporary jewelry school was founded in 1998 by Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger. The expansive two-year BFA and MFA programs have been developed over more than a decade of experience in close collaboration with a team of international teachers and advisors, all leaders in their respective creative realms.

Alchimia’s objective is to teach students to express their creativity through contemporary jewelry, developing high-quality technical and theoretical skills. By adopting the technological developments of our time and the most experimental cultural trends, Alchimia encourages its students to enhance their talents. Its focus draws on the revision and adoption of traditional techniques and carefully selected materials combined with experimental and groundbreaking approaches to design, teaching students how to transform ideas and research paths into jewelry and design objects, and how to access the working context.

The students of Alchimia are mentored and tutored by a team of experts in jewelry, design, and the visual arts. While using their own experiences as reference, tutors affirm techniques, tendencies, and developments in the field of contemporary jewelry and propound emergences in personal creativity by offering tailored guidance and evaluation over the course of the students’ academic years.

The school has obtained full accreditation of its artistic and pedagogic values and is officially qualified to confer European bachelor of fine arts and European master of fine arts degrees by the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools.

MFA ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2020

First Year Mfa

Main Tutor:             
Evert Nijland

Guest Lecturers:  
David Clarke
NedDa El Asmar

Teachers:                
Riccardo Lami
Sana Khalil
Robean Visschers

Second Year Mfa

Main Tutor:              
Lucy Sarneel

Guest Lecturers:  
Otto Kunzli
Helene Carnac

Teachers:                 
Riccardo Lami
Benjamin Lignel
Lucia Massei
Akis Goumas

RECENT GRADUATES: If you recently received a degree--BA, BFA, MA, or MFA--from this university, everything you need to know to upload your graduate portfolio can be found at this link. 

Alchimia
Alchimia
Alchimia
Alchimia, photo: Lorenzo Michelini
Alchimia
Alchimia, photo: Lorenzo Michelini
Alchimia
Alchimia, photo: Lorenzo Michelini
Benjamin Lignel
Benjamin Lignel, BFA1 Class, photo: Sana Khalil
BFA1 Class
BFA1 Class, photo: Sana Khalil
Carla Movia, Brooch, 2016
Carla Movia, Brooch, 2016, silver and tin-plated steel, 130 x 70 x 50 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Daria Borovkova, Rings, 2015
Daria Borovkova, Rings, 2015, mixed metals, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Farview exhibition 2017
Farview exhibition 2017, photo: Lucy Clark
Koen Jacobs, Brooch, 2013
Koen Jacobs, Brooch, 2013, resin, wood, silver, 90 x 50 x 60 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lilian Mattuschka, Necklace, 2016
Lilian Mattuschka, Necklace, 2016, wood, iron, plastic, 400 x 200 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lisiane Hilario, Brooch, 2016
Lisiane Hilario, Brooch, 2016, silver, shibuichi, 100 x 50 x 50 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger, 2012
Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger, 2012, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lucy Sarneel
Lucy Sarneel, photo: artist
Master Class 2016 with teachers, tutor and director Patrick Davison
Master Class 2016 with teachers, tutor and director Patrick Davison, 2012, photo: Alchimia
Patrick Davidson, Necklace, 2012
Patrick Davidson, Necklace, 2012, plaster, brass, silver, 110 x 80 x 300 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Sana Khalil, Necklace, 2016
Sana Khalil, Necklace, 2016, hammered wood, leather, rust, acrylic, 160 x 80 x 80 mm, photo: Diana Pantea
Evert Nijland, necklace purple, 2018, silver, glass, linen, steel
Evert Nijland
Evert Nijland
Alchimia
Alchimia
Alchimia
Alchimia
Benjamin Lignel
BFA1 Class
Carla Movia, Brooch, 2016
Daria Borovkova, Rings, 2015
Farview exhibition 2017
Koen Jacobs, Brooch, 2013
Lilian Mattuschka, Necklace, 2016
Lisiane Hilario, Brooch, 2016
Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger, 2012
Lucy Sarneel
Master Class 2016 with teachers, tutor and director Patrick Davison
Patrick Davidson, Necklace, 2012
Sana Khalil, Necklace, 2016
Evert Nijland