Nunome Zogan

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International course developed in collaboration with Alchimia

“Nunome Zogan” is an ancient metalworking method that originated in Asia. The technique has also been used in Europe as "Damascene", in Korea as "Pomok Sannggam". In Japan, this technique was used to decorate samurai swords and accessories, as well as precious deposit boxes and hair ornaments.
The workshop presents the process used to inlay intricate gold and silver patterns on a base metal sheet. The color contrast between the different metals and the beauty of pure silver or gold is emphasized by coloring the piece with the Japanese patina called Rokusho.


  • Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
  • Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet, based on an individual design
  • Polishing of the metal sheet with stone and charcoal
  • Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.
Duration Program Cost* Lecturer
3 days Monday - Wednesday 375 Euro Elisa Deval
21 hours 10:00 - 17:00

*VAT not included.

**The cost of the course includes all materials, except materials which contain gold (it must be paid separately if required).


Elisa Deval

Born in 1983 in Genova, Italy, she attended ALCHIMIA Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence. Her teachers were artists Manfred Bischoff, Manuel Vilhena, Lucia Massei and Doris Manninger.  In 2009 she developed an interest in Japanese metal techniques, she studied in Japan at Hiko Mizuno College Jewellery, Tokyo, and attended workshops in Italy with Japanese teachers.

Since 2004, Elisa Deval exhibits her work in galleries and at international contemporary jewelry fairs from Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, United States, Austria, Spain, Japan and Thailand. Since 2012, she has been teaching week-end workshops on Nunome Zogan technique.
Since 2014 she occasionally teaches at Alchimia.

Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy

Alchimia was founded in 1998 by Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger. The school has obtained full accreditation of its artistic and pedagogic values and is officially qualified for European Bachelor of Fine Arts & European Master of Fine Arts by the the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education EABHES. Alchimia has produced throughout its evolution high quality results, and its level of excellence is recognized by numerous international awards of its graduates.