THE 22 NEXT JENERATION FINALISTS OF THE JEWELLERY DESIGN CONTEST LAUNCHED BY IEG COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
The three winners will be announced on 22nd September, the evening before the VICENZAORO September 2017 opening. The creations of all the finalists will be on display at Vicenza's Museo del Gioiello
The names of the 22 finalists of the international "Next Jeneration - Jewellery Talent Contest" specifically for under-30 talentshave been announced and their creations will be on display at an Exhibition dedicated to "Jewellery and Function", the theme of the 2017 competition, which will open in Vicenza during the next VICENZAORO September, scheduled to take place from 23rd to 27th September.
The works of these future jewellery industry talents will be hosted inside the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza at the Museo del Gioiello, the jewellery museum under the directorship of Alba Cappellieri, Professor of Jewellery Design at Milan Polytechnic and Italy's leading scholar within the sector.
The finalists were selected by an illustrious Jury and come from nine different countries: France, Italy, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, China, Israel and Norway.
1. Antoine Cousin with Merken,
2. Yulara Casadei with Twi(re)st,
3. Agostina Issolio with Bubble Ring,
4. Franziska Hoehne with Identity,
5. Federica Giuseffi with Avvolgimi,
6. Sofia Silvestri with Silence,
7. Cristina Fava with Rifletti-ti,
8. Marta Siccardi with Bibi,
9. Maria Enrica Barbieri with Bracciale Porta Borsa,
10. Jesus Ricardo Peiro Chucuan with Little,
11. Carlotta Di Cerbo with Transformer,
12. Rofhima Molaudzi with Head-Ease,
13. Themba Mantshiyo with The Last Cigarette,
14. Marco di Biagio with OMG,
15. Pamela Cecilia Martello Arana with Reflections of the reality,
16. Isotta Scarpa with Peel Ring,
17. Sara Meneghelli with Elipso,
18. Jian Yang with Contact Lens Case,
19. Francesca Di Sabatino with Wearingkey,
20. Ekaterina Rabey with The Ice Breaker,
21. Wang Qi with Bracelet to walk dog,
22. Kari Ramstad Fjeld with Beequiet.
ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP CONFIRMS ITS PARTICIPATION IN JCK LAS VEGAS WITH VICENZAORO ITALIAN PASSION.MADE WITH LOVE
Over 100 Top Jewellery Brands to showcase Italian excellence in high-end jewellery
Italian Exhibition Group confirms the winning International format VICENZAORO Italian Passion. Made with Love by renewing its participation in JCK Las Vegas – open from 5 to 8 June 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino – with over 100 top brands showcasing Italian excellence in jewellery.
The event, born out of a longstanding cooperation with JCK for over ten years now, has the primary objective of representing the quality, craftsmanship, creativity and values of Italian jewellers and goldsmiths.
By taking part in JCK Las Vegas – the leading event in North America and amongst the most important in the industry at the international level – IEG will be making its know-how and expertise available to Italian companies in the sector, thereby fostering their entry into the main export market for the world of luxury goods. The event will therefore be a unique opportunity for the Italian jewellery and luxury industry, the United States being one of the main destinations for Italian jewellery exports, which in 2016 had a growth of 6.6% compared to 2015 (Sources: ISTAT, Italian national statistics institute).
At JCK, the Italian companies will have the opportunity to present their DNA consisting of innovation, creativity, design and craftsmanship to an audience of over 23,000 industry operators from over 40 countries.
The Italian pavilion – strategically positioned on the main floor of the event (Shoreline 2) – will be showcasing the brands with a sophisticated exposition using a coordinated image and a strong visual impact, consistent with the Italian style and refinement.
Internationally famous high jewellery and goldsmith brands will be representing Italian craftsmanship at JCK Las Vegas, including: Biancaspina, Chrisos, Fani Gioielli, Falcinelli, Giorgio Visconti, Hasbani, Karizia, Leo Pizzo, Misis, Novecentonovantanove, Richline and Unoaerre. To complete the list of Italian companies, there will also be well-known companies in the packaging sector.
Contemporary jewels will not be the only protagonists of the space dedicated to VICENZAORO Italian Passion. Made with Love: the trends will be enhanced throughout the event, thanks to the independent global forecasting Observatory of jewels and luxury goods, TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting and the new TREND BOOK 2018+, the benchmark publication for the world of goldsmiths and jewellers. Moreover, in this edition, TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting will be organizing Buying trails, workshops for buyers in order to support them and guide them in their purchases in the business districts of interest. An intense promotional activity on digital channels has also been planned to foster the relationship and presence of international buyers at the event.
GOLD MARKET GROWING IN THE USA BUT DROPPING ON A GLOBAL SCALE
According to the World Gold Council, the demand for gold jewellery in the United States grew by 3% in the first quarter, an important sign of consumer trust following the November elections, continuing the positive trend it had already been recording for several month.
Yellow gold is holding its own in the United States and in the medium-high bracket compared to a European market which, on the other hand, is still lukewarm. On a global scale, in fact, demand for gold was substantially stagnant in the first quarter, registering only a scanty +1%, equal to 480.9 tons.
The increase in the price of gold probably contributed to the demand slow-down during the quarter. The price increase in the United States (with an average of $1,219.50 an ounce) between the end of December and the end of March, was counterbalanced by the weakness of the dollar during the same period, which not only stopped sales from slowing down, but also allowed them to grow.
Besides the United States, demand for gold jewellery in the first quarter also grew in India and Iran thanks to improved market conditions following a difficult year. In China, however, demand for gold jewellery decreased slightly due to a downturn in economic conditions and changing consumer trends. Chinese producers and sellers in the gold jewellery sector are trying to innovate in order to satisfy the tastes of younger generations and keep up with the latest trends. Europe also showed a minus sign in terms of gold jewellery sales due to the pre-electoral uncertainty in France and terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, which have also impacted tourism.
RECORD PURCHASES FOR MOTHER'S DAY
This year shall see an unprecedented peak in spending for Mother's Day, according to the NRF (National Retail Federation) survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.
Total expenditure on this occasion is expected to reach 23.6 billion dollars, a record figure in 14 years of the survey's history, topping last year's record of 21.4 billion dollars. Consumers are willing to spend an average of 186 dollars (last year average spending was 172 dollars), and retailers are ready with a vast swathe of gift ideas and promotions for their own customers.
According to the survey, jewellery will generate the largest amount of spending for Mother's Day gifts, for a total value of approximately 5 billion dollars (a 19% increase compared to last year). 4.2 billion dollars is expected to be spent on outings, lunches and dinners, 2.5 billion on flowers, 2.1 billion dollars for clothes, 2 billion dollars for consumer electronics and 1.9 billion dollars for personal services, for example a day spa.
In search of the perfect gift, 35% of consumers purchase at department stores and 31% at specialised shops, such as florists, jeweller's or electronics stores, whereas 24% make purchases at small shops in their own city. 30% of purchases are made online (up 3% compared to last year). 34% of smartphone owners browse gift ideas on their device, whereas 19% purchase directly on their phone. Sales forecasts are bright indeed, especially for our sector, gold smithery and jewellery.
GIVING IS THE NEW RECEIVING
An increasing number of companies are choosing to combine business with a charity project and donate part of the revenue to charity projects It has been shown that when faced with two brands of equal quality and price, 90% of American consumers prefer the brand with a "philanthropic spirit.
According to a study by Unilever, 33% of consumers prefer to purchase brands which show attention to charity and eco-sustainability. Millennials are particularly sensitive, aware and selective in the purchase of products, favouring "charitable" purchases.
Charity works particularly well online, with websites containing a direct link to beneficiaries of donations, providing all useful information, often showing the faces of beneficiaries themselves. Solidarity in shops works better when retailers invite representatives of a single or several bodies to answer questions.
With countless causes, there are numerous ways of participating in charity projects. Involvement benefits companies. For example Joan Hornig, jewellery designer for the Philanthropy is Beautiful brand, donates (to a purchaser's organisation of choice) 100% of profits for each piece purchased. To date the Joan Hornig Foundation has donated over 1 million dollars to over 900 charity initiatives throughout the world involved in education, medical research, social services, the arts, animal rights and environmental protection.
Brass & Unity creates jewellery from brass cases and donates part of its profits to war veterans. The founder Kelsi Sheren, a war veteran who had to leave Afghanistan due to post traumatic stress disorder, developed the idea of making jewellery from cases.
The jewellery designer Lizzy James has transformed her own negative personal experience in the fight against cancer into a positive and constructive project, creating a versatile and fashionable jewellery range which celebrates the force of resilience within all of us.
UNIQUE AND RARE DIAMONDS TO FEATURE AT UPCOMING AUCTIONS
This is the season in which auction houses return to full swing. The world's largest and most famous pink diamond was sold recently sold at auction: The Pink Star.
Upcoming auctions shall feature The Apollo Blue & The Artemis Pink, at Sotheby´s on 16th May, followed by Heart Shaped Diamonds at Christie´s on 17th May. Apollo and Artemis are a pair of earrings, each featuring a diamond, as a unique piece, in two different colours: “The Apollo Blue” is the earring in fancy vivid blue, accompanied by another earring featuring “The Artemis Pink”, in fancy intense pink.
What renders them truly unique is that they can be considered as single jewellery pieces or as a pair featuring in a pair of earrings. Their names bear a clear reference to Ancient Greece: Apollo and Artemis were two much loved Greek divinities. Both divinities were siblings and blessed with great power and beauty. This is why they became Ancient Greek's most venerated deities.
The GIA, Gemological Institute of America, has valued The Apollo Blue as a 14.54 carat diamond. It weighs in as the largest ever vivid blue diamond to go under the hammer. The gemstone was cut to present a brilliantly coloured pear-shape. According to the GIA Apollo Blue is a type IIb diamond, a category to which a mere 1.5% of all diamonds belong. The diamond has already toured the world and it was previously placed on display at a Hong Kong based exhibition.
The Artemis Pink presents an intense pink colour: at 16 carats, Artemis has also been cut into a perfect pear shape, a perfect match for the Apollo. According to the GIA, Artemis is a IIa diamond, a selection of the world's most chemically pure diamonds, characterised by perfect optical transparency.
According to the Gemological Institute of America, only 3% of diamonds are classified as coloured, and of these, less than 5% present a pink colour, making The Artemis Pink very special and unique. In virtue of their unique characteristics, these earrings have been defined as the most important pair to ever go under the hammer. The Apollo Blue has been valued at between 38 and 50 million dollars and The Artemis Pink between 12.5 and 18 million dollars.
The 92.15 carat Heart Shaped Diamonds shall be auctioned suspended from a cultivated pearl sautoir in a piece called “La Légende” by the high jewellery company Boehmer et Bassenge. It has been valued between 14 and 20 million dollars. These promise to be truly unmissable auctions.
ZOCCAI PRESENTS BUDDY - AN INVALUABLE COMPANION
The new range by Zoccai combines style, eco-sustainability and social commitment to benefit pet therapy for children with leukaemia and the WWF.
Zoccai, a historic gold smithery company based in Thiene, has dedicated its latest project to dogs and children: “Buddy, an invaluable companion”.
A collection in 925 silver and ecological stone with pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings, the perfect mix of style and worthy cause.
Indeed part of the profits will be donated to the Pedemontana Local Health and social care services to provide pet therapy for children suffering from leukaemia. Each animal is assigned a colour within the collection, which reflects its character as well as values that become good feelings for wearing and giving; for example, the basset hound is associated with green, a homage to tenacity and perseverance, the Pug with crystal cognac for balance, the Labrador with blue for sensitivity, the Jack Russell yellow for energy and the Maltese with pink for tenderness.
A homage to man's best friend featuring ten of the most popular breeds, including "pure love", one-of-a-kind mutts who win our hearts over. Inspired by a great love of nature as well as values such as respect, sensitivity and attention. This is why in addition to dogs, the collection also features seven endangered species (project in collaboration with WWF for the protection of endangered species). The entire range has been made from sustainable materials: 925 silver comes from the re-use of material from previous processes, rubbers are not harmful to the environment and are made from materials not extrapolated from nature, stones are obtained from glass, and paper comes from eco-sustainable forests.
Zoccai was founded back in 1839. Today, it's fifth generation is ready to continue over 170 years of family tradition, with the intent on pursuing further growth for Zoccai and its jewellery. Zoccai aims to continue to satisfy its own clients, offering something unique and new each season, bestowing innovation and trendiness upon a classical good such as jewellery.
Zoccai wishes to convey the timeless importance and the value of jewellery upon younger generations, by offering collections for all tastes, ensuring that the ancient art of jewellery is accessible for everyone. Jewellery has always accompanied and embellished key life moments. This is why Zoccai wishes to play a part in transforming these moments into unforgettable memories.
Il Presidente del Parlamento Europeo Antonio Tajani inaugura la collezione Oro d’Autore esposta al Museo dei Tesori di Arezzo
In occasione di OROAREZZO, in scena dal 6 al 9 Maggio, si potranno ammirare i gioielli della Collezione Oro d’Autore nella prestigiosa sede del trecentesco Palazzo di Fraternita.
In occasione dell’opening della 38^ edizione di OROAREZZO, inaugura la Collezione Oro d’Autore, esposta al Museo dei Tesori di Arezzo che racchiude nella propria collezione permanente alcuni dei più significativi tesori preziosi della città di Arezzo. Lo spazio museale, all’interno del prestigioso Palazzo di Fraternita, apre alla presenza del Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, Antonio Tajani, del Presidente della Regione Toscana, Enrico Rossi e del Sindaco di Arezzo, Alessandro Ghinelli, con una cerimonia attesissima Sabato 6 Maggio alle ore 9.30.
Un momento di coinvolgimento del grande pubblico per un omaggio al design e all’eleganza del gioiello Made in Italy. Una rassegna preziosa ed un percorso innovativo, curato da Beppe Angiolini, Art Director di OROAREZZO e Presidente Onorario Camera Nazionale Buyer della moda, che rivela i gioielli più importanti e creativi della collezione di arte orafa contemporanea. Fra questi, per la prima volta in esposizione, i visitatori di OROAREZZO potranno ammirare i gioielli appartenenti alla Collezione Oro d’Autore creata da Arezzo Fiere e Congressi. Un’esposizione inedita di 82 gioielli, unici ed esclusivi, realizzati dalle aziende orafe di Arezzo e Vicenza in connubio con artisti, designer, architetti e stilisti di fama internazionale che accompagneranno i visitatori in un percorso suggestivo e straordinario di creatività inedito nel tempo.
Tra i gioielli icona in mostra la spilla-pendente di Arnaldo Pomodoro, il bracciale di Nicola Carrino, la collana di Dolce & Gabbana e la scultura dedicata dall’architetto Gae Aulenti a Piero della Francesca che proprio ad Arezzo ha realizzato alcune delle sue opere più ammirate al mondo. Un’esposizione di gioielli magici che attraverso un percorso inedito nel tempo e culture rende omaggio al design e all’eleganza del gioiello Made in Italy. Un progetto ambizioso che introduce un viaggio suggestivo che consente di guardare con identità e orgoglio al comparto produttivo orafo aretino e che si conferma un luogo di eccellenza da visitare con continuità. Un intreccio narrativo che racconta il bello della città prodotto nel corso della storia e durante le fasi di crescita culturale: dalle tecniche di oreficeria antica e medioevale, alla sapienza orafa del popolo etrusco sino ad arrivare all’essenza della tradizione dell’eccellenza dell’artigianalità aretina.
Il percorso espositivo prosegue e continua in un’atmosfera evocativa sotto lo sguardo della Minerva, dea della sapienza, l'antico bronzo rivenuto nel 1541 presso la chiesa di San Lorenzo, che torna per l'occasione ad Arezzo, dal Museo archeologico nazionale di Firenze.
Orari di apertura: tutti i giorni dalle 10.30 alle 18; chiuso il Martedì
Biglietti: Euro 8 intero; Euro 5 ridotto (studenti e residenti Comune Arezzo)
MARIA DE TONI: A NEW MADE IN ITALY RENAISSANCE
Maria De Toni's Vicenza-based gold smithery company has transformed Made in Italy jewellery into a symbol of peace and love and presents its new collection for Mother's Day.
Maria Loretta De Toni, founder and Chairman of the company Maria De Toni Srl, based in Sandrigo in the heart of the Vicenza district, has demonstrated an unshakable commitment to relaunching the identity of Italian gold smithery and craftsmanship.
As a jewellery stylist and curator of gold smithery exhibitions, together with her international team of professionals and academics she focuses on spreading integrated economy projects which positively influence markets. Her innovative jewellery "with a soul" is inspired by different cultures, featuring decorative elements which reflect a profound bond with art and nature. The aim is to create an economic-cultural Renaissance between East and West, for peace without borders.
Maria De Toni's mission has been concretely applied in international gold smithery culture competitions, in the creation of "Jewellery for Peace" for UNESCO in 2000, in the 2004 book and exhibition "Le Vie dell'Oro - Vicenza, Venezia La Serenissima e l'Oriente (1404-2004)"® (The Routes of Gold – Vicenza, Venice The Serenissima and the Orient) and in the jewellery piece “Palladio e l’Oriente” from 2008.
Maria De Toni is also an activist for an "Integrated Economy for the Relaunch of Made in Italy®”, as creator of the exhibition guide for "Il Lusso con l'Occhio dell'Oriente (1000-2000)”® (Luxury through an Oriental Eye), conferences on the relaunch of Made in Italy gold smithery identity throughout the world, in Rome, Palermo and Dubai in 2011, as well as the 2016 exhibition with Fiera di Vicenza. Grounded in consolidated gold smithery tradition, her jewellery in 18kt gold draws inspiration from artisan and artistic cultures of different countries and traditions and is characterised by exclusive hand finishings, embellished by semi-precious stones.
Maria De Toni presents her new collection on the occasion of Mother's Day: a trilogy of jewellery pieces inspired by a mother's eternal love, represented by the candour of white pearl, symbol of love and purity since the Italian Renaissance.
The necklace, the pendant and the slave bracelet with hand crafted details constitute a precious tribute to a mother's love and devotion.
THE VICENZAORO EXPERIENCE AT THE CONDÉ NAST INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE (OMAN, 5-6 APRIL)
Matteo Marzotto, Executive Vice President of Italian Exhibition Group Spa (IEG), took the experience of VICENZAORO, one of the world's most authoritative trade shows for the international jewellery industry, to the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, the prestigious event that gathers together global luxury's top players and influencers in a different country every year.
Held in Muscat, Oman on 5th and 6th April, as part of two days of conferences and in-depth talks on developments in global luxury, with the lively participation of authoritative personalities from the fashion, accessory, jewellery and communication worlds, Matteo Marzotto played a leading role on Thursday 6th April in a talk with Suzy Menkes, journalist and one of the most popular big names in global luxury as well as creator and manager of Condè Nast International Luxury Conference.
Executive Vice President Marzotto addressed an audience of over 500 delegates to present VICENZAORO, the International business hub for high-range jewellery, which manages to unite 2,800 brands and 54,000 international buyers from 131 different countries in its three annual editions - two in Vicenza and one in Dubai - and is also exported to top jewellery trade shows in the USA, China and India. Thanks to the VICENZAORO Dubai experience, which this year will be in its new guise as VOD - Dubai International Jewellery Show (15th-18th November 2017), the IEG Vice President was able to outline the differences, in jewellery world terms, between Europe and the Middle East, the geographical area which hosted this edition of Condé Nast International Luxury Conference.
“In recent years, VICENZAORO has known how to strengthen its own international profile," Matteo Marzotto said, "by increasingly promoting itself as an authoritative player in world gold and jewellery. Not only an attractive Market Place for the best brands and buyers on a global scale, but also, and above all, a Content Provider and privileged Observatory in which to discover new trends and market evolutions. We are happy to be able to put our acquired experience at the service of Condé Nast International Luxury Conference and share with the other participants our know-how, contents and reflections that we believe can help to interpret and understand how the future of such a dynamic sector as world jewellery will develop"
Italian Exhibition Group's presence at Condé Nast International Luxury Conference further enhances the international profile of the Italian trade show organizer and VICENZAORO.
AT VICENZAORO SEPTEMBER THE GENERAL MEETING OF MUJERES BRILLANTES
In September, VICENZAORO will be hosting the international meeting of “Mujeres Brillantes” (Brilliant Women), a group of about 500 businesswomen operating in the gold and jewellery sector that, although mainly from Latin America, also come from Turkey, Russia, Italy, Romania and Israel.
The “Mujeres Brillantes” mission is to help women in the jewellery and watch sector to consolidate their business by networking and sharing their own professionalism and experience. The “Mujeres Brillantes” chose Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) and the VICENZAORO platform due to their mutual vision of gender equality and the respect and attention paid to women at the head of jewellery companies.
The “Mujeres Brillantes” united into an association in 2016 during the second week of the diamond at the World Jewelry Hub, in order to share experiences and present themselves as a united group to the jewellery industry. They particularly noticed the need for targeted communication on the female world - the main receiver of jewellery products and precious stones - and for divulging a gender perspective within the jewellery sector.
“Our overall sensation is that the industry is too focussed on sales rather than on the actual buying experience or the interiorization of other elements," said Mujeres Brillantes President, Ali Pastorini. "As women, we instinctively understand that the act of buying ought to be a special and intimate moment that goes beyond a business transaction." More than a simple campaign, the intention of the group is to improve the marketing approach upstream and to offer a new look at the sector through a female eye.
The www.mubri.com website was generated with the same spirit - a channel designed to exchange experiences and, above all, to provide space and voice to women working within the jewellery sector so that they can express their opinions about problems and important questions concerning the gold and jewellery world. “We are a group that includes," says Pastorini, "not one that excludes. The YouTube channel, social networks, website and these international meetings aim to involve everyone and gather experiences, incentives and suggestions."
VENDORAFA: A UNIQUE STYLE BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION
Little masterpieces of jewellery able to unite the aesthetics of deeply rooted and territorial Italian savoir faire with a production process oriented towards the future.
Deeply rooted in Italy's leading gold district, Vendorafa set out on its journey in Valenza in 1951 as an artisan workshop for producing jewellery and gold products with the Valenza hallmark. Since the very beginning, its inclination towards craftsmanship excellence, translated into jewellery with an immediate aesthetic harmony, was evident. It is exactly that collaborative combination between design research and maximum quality that led to the assertion of a style that, through the years, has been the distinguishing mark of every collection. Going from artisan workshop to company happened quite naturally with the recognition of the company's exceptional expertise acquired in Italy as well as growing interest and continual collaboration with leading international brands for which Vendorafa exclusively designs and creates jewellery.
A passage that has also reflected positively on the company premises which have undergone a significant architectonic restructuring: the square-shaped structure, based on a project designed in 1968 by architect Ignazio Gardella (also cited in Volume II of De Agostini's Italian Encyclopaedia of Science) is a perfect example of a workshop specifically arranged so that the goldsmith can work in natural light as much as possible. The Valenza tradition, based on age-old craftsmanship and manual ability, has been flanked through the years by the need for constant updating, which the use of high technology machinery has allowed.
In this way, every item originates from a savoir faire, deeply rooted in the territory and a production process oriented towards the future: manual procedures - such as hammering, cutting and embossing – are accompanied by 3D surface modelling. The outcome is striking collections, with no temporal references and considerable visual impact, in which aesthetic research and the study of shapes are the fundamental starting point for giving each single jewellery item its own personality. References to architectonic elements, a play on geometrical inter-weavings and allusions to organic forms exalt the material essence of gold in all its multiple potentialities, also in combination with enamelling techniques or illuminated with precious stones. In this way, every item in every collection becomes a little masterpiece to be worn in the awareness of owning a unique piece of high added value.
Like the Dune collection, in which the soundness of tradition and the power of innovation come together in sculptural shapes, where the brightness of hammered gold, emphasized by mounted sapphires or diamonds, make them reminiscent of dunes shifting in the wind. Vendorafa is the expression of a unique style, the fruit of age-old Italian savoir faire.