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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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Reed Jewelry Group Appoints Portfolio Sales Director for JCK and Luxury

He will be responsible for strategy, leadership and development.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – Reed Jewelry Group announces the latest addition to its JCK and Luxury events team with the appointment of Jim Fox to the role of portfolio sales director focused on industry and customer relations.

Fox will be responsible for strategy, leadership and development within the JCK and Luxury sales team, as well as key account customer relationships of the jewelry industry’s leading events. The addition of this role will further JCK’s mission of becoming closer to its customers, extending the opportunity for the team to listen to customers and act on their feedback.

Fox has over 20 years of sales and business development experience in the luxury goods sector. Having served as sales director in the consumer products division of Swarovski for over nine years, he is also closely aligned with retail challenges and opportunities. He directed Swarovski’s licensed boutique business, creating 50 new stores and generating over $50 million in new business at casinos, airports and traditional retail outlets. Previously, his sales experience within the fine writing instrument division of The Gillette Co. gave him an insightful tour of luxury retail in partnership with brands such as Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and guild independent jewelers.

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“JCK is excited to have such a seasoned luxury sales veteran join the management team,” says Sarin Bachmann, event vice president, JCK and Luxury. “Jim’s values and history of approaching sales as a consulting strategy aligns with our passionate commitment to customer satisfaction. We are confident that 2019 and beyond will bring a measurable difference for our customers.”

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Jewelers of America Announces 2019 GEM Awards Winners

Stewart Wicht received the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Jewelers of America, the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held the 17th annual GEM Awards on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Stewart Wicht received the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement and Tiffany & Co. received the GEM Award for Marketing & Communications. The winners in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Retail Excellence were revealed live to an audience of nearly 600 press and jewelry industry elite.

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Fernando Jorge won the GEM Award for Jewelry Design. The other nominees in the Jewelry Design category were Valérie Messika and Silvia Furmanovich. The award was presented by 2018 GEM Award for Jewelry Design winner Irene Neuwirth.
The GEM Award for Media Excellence was given to Will Kahn of Town & Country. 2018 GEM Award winner Marion Fasel of The Aventurine, presented the award. The other Media Excellence nominees were Brecken Branstrator of National Jeweler and Michael Thompson of International Watch.

Threads took home the award for GEM Award for Retail Excellence. The other nominees for Retail Innovation were Broken English and Cellini. The award was presented 2017 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement winner Jim Rosenheim of Tiny Jewel Box.

Rapper A$AP Ferg presented the GEM Award for Marketing & Communications, saying, “Holly Golightly and this boy from Harlem have more in common than you might think. When I was growing up, I’d sometimes walk past Tiffany on my way to Art and Design High School on Second Avenue. I’d stand at the Tiffany window and say to myself, Someday.” Andrea Davey accepted the award for Tiffany & Co., saying in part, “Tiffany’s story is more than 180 years old but forever young. It is exquisite beauty in everyday luxury. It is witty, natural, effortless elegance. It is New York and all her youthful energy. In 2018, we loved finding new ways—and new voices—for telling that story while staying true to the company’s heritage. We are delighted that, with this prestigious award, you seem to have loved it too.”

Wicht was honored with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement for his efforts to enhance the jewelry and watch industry’s image and set a standard of excellence that inspired industry colleagues throughout the course of his career. His career at Rolex spanned more than four decades. In 2011 he was appointed president and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc. Wicht retired in December 2018 but remains on the board of directors of Rolex Watch U.S.A. After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, he thanked his Rolex team and explained his philosophy on work by saying, “I always say, ‘You can go faster alone but you can go further together.’”

GEM Awards Chair Olivier Stip of Chanel was the host of the evening. Sponsors of GEM Awards included: Cornerstone Sponsors – Chanel and Synchrony Financial; Premier Sponsors – Rolex and Signet Jewelers; Patron Sponsors – David Yurman, DeBeers Group, Hearts On Fire, Tourneau and Wempe; Benefactor Sponsors – Cellini Jewelers, COUTURE, JCK Events, Luxury Jewelers Resource Group, Movado Group, Inc., Tiffany & Co., Timeless Distributions and Unique Settings New York.

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Thailand Announces Readiness to Host Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair 2019

Under the concept of“Thailand’s Magic Hands”…

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(PRESS RELEASE) The 63rdBangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair announces its position as a leading fair in the world gems and jewelry industry with the upcoming show to be held from February 20 to 24, 2019, at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

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Ms. BanjongjittAngsusingh, director-general of Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce (Thailand) announces the country’s readiness to organize the 63rdBangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair February 2019 under the concept of “Thailand’s Magic Hands : The Spirit of Jewelry Making” on February 20 to 24, 2019 at ImpactMuang Thong Thani. For decades, Thai artisans have demonstrated their craftsmanship skills, from the prosperity of arts and culture since ancient times combined with unique Thai identity, Thailand’s craftsmanship has been passed on through the generations. Today, the skills of Thai artisans are a source of creative jewelry masterpieces. This international gems and jewelry fair is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors with over 2,200 booths from countries such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, Singapore, Indonesia and CLMV countries.At the fair, business matching activities will be held and a variety of gems and jewelry products will be on display from gemstones, diamonds, find jewelry, silver, gold, pearls, to machinery and equipment relating to the industry.

Moreover, visitors can explore the jewelry collections from leading Thai and international brands as well as 140 brands from new exhibitors in “The New Faces” zone from The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), Thai Goldsmiths Association, and new jewelry brands from across the country. In the “Innovation and Design Zone (IDZ)”, discover jewelry products that are innovative and creatively designed while “The Niche Showcase” and“The Jewelers” zone will showcase beautiful and unique jewelry from designers.

For more information, please visit www.bkkgems.com or email bkkgems@ditp.go.th.

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