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The Vicenza Jewelry Museum: A New Permanent Collection Inside Basilica Palladiana

The new approach interpretations of jewelry make it one of a kind in the world.

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(PRESS RELEASE) VICENZA – Vicenza’s Museo del Gioiello jewelry museum – a project promoted by Italian Exhibition Group Spa in partnership with Vicenza Municipality – is changing its entire collection.

310 exhibits and masterpieces belong to private collections that are not usually accessible to the public or to sector insiders. An original and unprecedented account of the history of jewelry through a “mixture of contemporaneity, suggestions from the past and projections into the future” and 9 international curators to interpret the extraordinary exhibition area located inside Basilica Palladiana.

The Museo del Gioiello is directed by Alba Cappellieri, professor of jewelry Design at Milan Polytechnic, not to mention Italy’s jewelry expert, and develops over an exhibition layout that offers a permanent collection, renewed every two years, together with a rotation of temporary exhibitions that provide a constant attraction due to the originality of their cultural content.

The third edition opens on 14th December 2018 and will be accessible to the public until the end of 2020.

On entering the exhibition, the visitor will be greeted by the ‘Flora High jewelry’ necklace by Bulgari. This item was selected by professor Cappellieri as the emblem of the third edition. “I have chosen this extraordinary item as a tribute to Italian manufacture and beauty. Bulgari was inspired by the paintings of Sandro Botticelli, whose eternal grace reverberates in this precious and delicate floral bouquet, and the splendid manufacture enhances Italian artisan workmanship.”

The new approach that the Museo del Gioiello offers interprets jewelry according to profoundly different values, aesthetics and content, making it one of a kind in the world. The exhibition itinerary winds through 9 rooms, each containing a different meaning of jewelry, in a gathering of content, eras, geographies and origins. jewelry defined as Symbol, Magic, Function, Beauty, Art, Fashion, Design, Icon and Future, each, in the new edition, entrusted to an international curator who has interpreted the meaning through beautiful and priceless items of jewelry.

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Pascale Lepeu, director of the Cartier collection for over 30 years – selected the items for the Symbol Room where jewelry illustrates the symbolic power of ornaments. Symbols of power, wealth, religion, royalty, manufacture: the room offers a varied vision of jewelry and its many roles through time.

The Magic Room is entrusted to Cristina Boschetti – archaeologist and expert in artistic productions in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean: protective amulets and talismans, jewelry with propitiatory powers to ward off evil influences. A variety of objects made of very different poor or precious materials, that allude to superior powers and timeless values. Going through the room is an intense and suggestive experience.

For the Function Room, Massimo Vidale – professor of Archaeology at Padua University – decided to focus on the communicative function of jewelry. From seals, the jewelry of warriors from different cultures, to the rings and pendants used by rappers, elements that help to build and transmit the identity of the person wearing them.

The Beauty Room contains an interpretation by Patrizia di Carrobio – a diamond expert in New York. In her opinion, jewelry transfers beauty to those who admire it. The theme is play with a fascinating blend of values where high and fashion jewelry intermingle.

Marie-José van den Hout – the Dutch gallery manager, founder of the Marzee, the world’s largest independent gallery – is in charge of the Art Room. The theme is gold and the story unravels through the experimentation processes of international artists who were not afraid to take creativity and experimentation to the limit, achieving surprising results.

In the Fashion Room, curated by Chichi Meroni, creative soul of the Arabesque Cult Store in Milan – an important wunderkammer of costume jewelry, fashion and mid-century design – the visitor is taken on a journey in which, letting himself be carried by the jewelry created for fashion between the 20’s and 80’s, will touch nine “islands” in the history of “bijoux de couture” and its link with the seven major arts that in this room are finally welcoming also fashion and design.

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Alba Cappellieri herself is the curator of the Design Room. Her selection is dedicated to “designers without design”, in other words, to those designers that have never explored any other product than jewelry.  It is an interpretation that takes jewelry designers, who are also artisans and authors, back into the design hive that has ignored them for too long and shows us the permeability and transverse nature of jewelry design.

The Icon Room is under the curatorship of Gabriele and Emanuele Pennisi, jewelers and antique dealers from Milan, who specialize in antique jewelry. This selection dedicated to Europe contains masterpieces from the past dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, icons of their times: from the extraordinary mountings of the 1800s to the exquisite workmanship of jewels in enamel and from seals to portraits of famous people.

The last room, devoted to the Future, is the responsibility of international fashion designer, Olga Noronha. Her opinions of jewelry in the future include various and multi-disciplinary perspectives. It is a preview of the future: from digital jewelry that modifies the body to invisible jewelry grafted under the skin, to therapeutic items and home-made jewelry that can be self-produced.

“The Museo del Gioiello is the first in Italy and one of only a few museums around the world exclusively dedicated to jewelry,” said Marco Carniello, director of Italian Exhibition Group’s  jewelry and Fashion Division. “It is unique and we are proud because it contributes to making Vicenza the global “heart” of jewelry. Italian jewelry art draws value from its origins and we see it as our duty to preserve it, safeguard it and make it available in order to spread culture everywhere.”

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Paola De Luca to Join Farah Khan at Book Launches in New York and Mumbai

The two have worked from the inception of the idea for the book to its publication.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Paola De Luca, founder of The Futurist, a luxury creative intelligence agency, will stage conversations in in New York City and Mumbai with celebrity jewelry designer Farah Khan who is launching her new book “FARAH KHAN: A Bejewelled Life”.

The book, published by Rizzoli International and edited by Paola and her team at The Futurist, charts the life and inspiration of Farah Khan as a leading Indian jewelry designer with family connections to Bollywood.

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The book launches, each featuring a conversation between Farah Khan and Paola De Luca, will take place in New York City on April 3, and in Mumbai on April 16.

“I am looking forward to our conversations which I am sure will give a fabulous insight into the unique talent that is Farah Khan,” said Paola, who has worked with Farah closely from the inception of the idea for the book to its publication.

“India, led by design pioneers such as Farah Khan, is now reclaiming its global stature in luxury jewelry design.”

The Futurist is developing visionary editorial projects all over the world, and is now partnering with Rizzoli International for upcoming publications.

The venues and details of the book launches are as follows:

New York:
Wednesday April 3
6 pm to 8 pm
Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway@ 26th Street
New York City

Mumbai:
Tuesday April 16
Mehboob Studios
Bandra (W)
Mumbai

Launch dates are also expected to be announced for London and Hong Kong later in the year.

For press enquiries, please contact David Brough at 44-7990568964.

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The First iPhone with a Tourbillon in the World Was Created

There will only be 99 copies.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Luxury brand of smartphones Caviar introduced new iPhone XS in the collection “Grand Complications”. The model is “complicated” not only with a watch mechanism, but also with the main value and achievement of the watch world – a tourbillon.

Keeping finding an inspiration in the traditions of watch complications, Caviar went further than the idea to combine a mechanic watch with a smartphone and developed a unique model, where the modern iPhone XS is complemented with a tourbillon – a mechanism providing the perfectly accurate time reckoning thanks to the leveling of the gravity impact on the watch work.

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The Grand Complications Collections is the most technically complicated and unusual Caviar collection for today, as its idea is the “complication” of iPhone XS with the mechanisms and elements that give the brand new functionality to the device. This unusual alliance demonstrates a meeting of innovations and traditions, classics and technologies and intensifies both ideas mutually – both the modern achievements and the heritage of the past.
Tourbillon is indeed a special height in the watch world – a tiny mechanism, called “vortex” in French, with its movement compensates the gravity error in the accuracy of the clock rate and ensures the perfect preciseness of the time reckoning.

Design

The design Caviar Grand Complications Tourbillon is inspired by the synthesis of the astronomy, physics and philosophy and presents stylistically rethought images of planets with their orbits. To embody the design, the composite stone of black and white color, as well as gold covering were used; the spectacular geometry transforms the body’s space and gives unique inner logic to it.
In the center a clock face is located; the hour marks are applied in form of Roman numerals, and some of them come out of the face’s border and surrealistically “fly” around becoming a part of the orbit of the depicted planed. In the “six o’clock” position the tourbillon opened to eyes is placed.

Watch and Tourbillon

The smartphone’s body is complemented with a mechanic watch with a manual winding (19 stones, 28 880 vph) with the power reserve of 30 hours.
In the “six o’clock” position the one-minute tourbillon (making 1 rotation about itself in 1 min)
The mechanisms are developed according a special order for Caviar by a well-known European manufacturer whose name has not yet been disclosed.

Model Caviar Grand Complications Tourbillon released in limited edition, will be released only 99 copies. The cost starts from $8 350.

Also, it should be noted in the Swiss watch industry the average price for a model with tourbillons is a figure of 15,000 francs. Therefore, the price set by Caviar is unique to this kind of product. The brand plans to present its development at the exhibition in Basel.

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Sri Lanka’s Gem and Jewelry Industry Focuses on Ethical Mining

The country ‘boasts a true mine-to-market industry.’

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sri Lanka is one of the countries with the oldest gem and jewelry industries in the world. The country was also one of the first to begin the process of mining back in the 1900s. Most of the country’s gem deposits are in an area known as the Highland Complex, extending northeast to southwest and containing high-grade metamorphic rocks.

Sri Lanka boasts a true mine-to-market industry, both domestically and for export. A fascinating aspect of this is the harmonious and productive blend of tradition, experience and modernization. Mining is done primarily by use of traditional methods, and is small-scale by choice and design as such mines are considered to be less harmful to the environment and a more stable source of employment for more people, numbering 60,000 to 70,000 miners at present. The industry functions through two bodies, the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Association and the National Gem and Jewelry Authority. The SLGJA acts as the apex body that interacts with the Government of Sri Lanka as the industry representative in issue resolution and development of the sector. The latter officiates in terms of regulatory decisions.

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As a pioneering mining country, Sri Lanka leads the board in advocating ethical mining practices from as early as the 1900s. The issuance of mining license was initiated during this time, making the island probably the first country to do so. A very important clause — children below the age of 18 years are strictly prohibited from participating in any mining-related activities — was included at the very first regulatory compilation. The regulatory bodies continue to focus on developing the human aspect in the industry, which is the primary capital since manual labor is the main method used in mining. In addition, the NGJA provides an insurance scheme that compensates mining-related accidents, injuries and casualties, which are few and far between.

On an environmental aspect, one of the main concerns is the covering of the pit once mining is completed. The responsibility lies with the mine owner. However, to ensure the closing, the Authority collects a refundable deposit when a license is issued. This fund is used for the closing of the mine, in case it is not done. The appointment of a mine inspector was another initiative made in the 1900s in order to guarantee the smooth, humane process in the mine as well as safeguard the environment.

This growing industry that thrives because of its ethical practices brings one of the highest revenues to the country. Historically Sri Lanka is world renowned for its gems, mainly the blue sapphire. At present the fame has grown far and wide through the extensive marketing initiatives conducted by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Association and NGJA. The FACETS International Gem and Jewelry Exhibition is the key annual event that has promoted the industry worldwide.

For the past 29 years the FACETS has been the perfect platform to experience the Sri Lankan Gem and Jewelry Industry in all its glory. Held annually in September, the exhibition showcases a wide range of gems and jewelry and has become a focal point for both local and international buyers and sellers. The exhibition also draws attention to the lapidary and educational aspects of the industry. Over the years FACETS has earned a significant amount of global recognition and is known for being the home for the very best of Sri Lanka’s topmost resource. Every year the exhibition draws more and more interest from experts and enthusiasts all across the globe.

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