ILJM’s Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020

ILJM’s Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020


Summer School






The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum


Call for Applications: ILJM’s Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum (ILJM) is now accepting applications for its Hephaistos Jewelry Program 2020. This unique accredited program on the History of Western Jewelry is offered through the ILJMuseum’s Education Center in collaboration with esteemed Greek and International academics, archaeologists and jewelry experts.

The ILJM will challenge students to discover the fascinating world of Ancient Greece and the history of Western Jewelry through its most spectacular artifacts. For more information, inquiries, and applications, search for the Summer School site at


The history and archaeology of Ancient Greek jewelry from Classical Greece to the Byzantine era will be followed by a survey of the history of western European jewelry up to the most amazing contemporary artistic productions. The class on Studio Jewelry is tailored to the discipline of contemporary art jewelry and researches its creative methods. Participants will map diverse aspects of wearability and social coding of the body, as also investigate how concepts and cultural values materialize into jewelry formats. This exploration opens a new dimension to students concerning individual creativity and its application with tools and machinery in different vocations.


Guest lectures will be offered throughout the course on a wide range of topics, from illicit trafficking of antiquities to Athenian architecture and museum management. All lectures will be held at the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum Lecture Hall.

Study Visits

Participants on a study visit to the Parthenon in Athens, part of the ILJM’s Hephaistos Jewelry Program. Photo: Courtesy of Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

Participants will enjoy instructive guided tours and on-site lectures by academics in the historical center of Athens and Museums with the most significant jewelry collections. These include the Acropolis archaeological site and Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Visits to jewelry making workshops will introduce students to the secrets of successful jewelry making in Greece. Open doors to the havens of industrial units of fine jewelers and artists’ studios will give an insight into the exciting use of ancient and modern goldsmithery techniques and the use of non-traditional materials for the delight of contemporary creations.

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