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International Contest
of Ideas for young talent


ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP SpA is pleased to announce that it will conducting a com- petition for jewellery designers from around the world, who are under the age of 30, focusing on the theme “Gioiello e funzione/Jewellery with function”.
The function of the piece of jewellery can be interpreted practically or symbolically. A piece of jewellery that is useful in relation to clothes, the body or the environment, or according to the meaning it encapsulates.

“Gioiello e funzione/Jewellery with function” represents and interpretation of contemporary jewellery, turning it from an ornament into something useful. The designer can define the context of the function, which can vary from clothing to technology and include a variety of purposes. Inspiration can refer to materials, shapes, workmanship, symbols or historical references, or any element that would make the jewel a functional piece.

Winner 2017 edition

1st Classified

Federica Giuseffi


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2nd Classified

Cousin Antoine


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3rd Classified

Sara Meneghelli


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Menzioni speciali

Progetto: TWI(RE)ST


Progetto: BEEQUIET

Selected projects

Federica Giuseffi

Potenza, Italia

Antoine Cousin

Paris, France

Sara Meneghelli

Isola della Scala - Verona, Italia

Yulara Casadei

Cesenatico, Italia

Franziska Höhne

Pforzheim, Germania

Sofia Silvestri

Brugherio - Monza Brianza, Italia

Cristina Fava

Treviso, Italia

Marta Siccardi

Pinerolo - Torino, Italia

Maria Enrica Barbieri

Tortona - Alessandria, Italia

Carlotta Di Cerbo

Benevento , Italia

Rofhiwa Molaudzi

Polokwane - Flora Park, Sud Africa

Themba Mantshiyo

Limpopo, Sud Africa

Marco Di Biagio

Roma, Italia

Isotta Scarpa

Venezia , Italia

Jian Yang

Guandong Province - Zhu Hai City, Cina

Katia Rabey

Ramat Gan, Israele


Gijs Bakker

Designer and Founder of Droog Design and “Who’s afraid...?”
An all-round Designer, he studied jewellery and industrial design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Holland and at the Skolen Konstfack in Sweden. After working for a number of companies including: Polaroid, Artifort, HEMA, Royal VKB and ENO Studio, in 1993 he and Ramakers Renny founded Droog Design, a collective group of Dutch designers, products and information.
He has taught for over forty years in various international schools including the Delft University of Technology. Since 2009 he has been the Creative Manager for Yu Taiwan and is currently head of the Master programme at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. In 1996 he founded “Who’s afraid …?” with art gallery owner Marijke Vallanzasca, a project that aims at demonstrating how contemporary jewellery is free of all traditional restraints and actually dares where tradition fears to go.

ADI President
Architect and Designer, she graduated in Industrial Design in 1985 in Milan with Marco Zanuso and obtained a diploma at the IED in interior design.
Since then she has had her own studio in Biella and Milan in the field of Architecture and Design.
She collaborates as tutor and visiting professor in universities and design schools, and has written books and organized conferences in Italy and abroad. Her designs have been published in many jewellery magazines.
As well as her professional activities, she lends her support in promoting design quality.
She has been President of the Order of Architects in Biella and has collaborated with the National Architects’ Council.
From 2003 to 2008 she was President of the ADI – West Piedmont and Aosta Valley Delegation and a member of the Organising Committee for Turin World Design Capital. She has been the National President of ADI – Industrial Design Association since 2008 and a member of the Italian Design Council at the Ministry of Arts and Culture.

Luisa Bocchietto

Alba Cappellieri

Professor Design del Gioiello, Politecnico di Milano
President of the fashion design Degree at the Politecnico of Milan where she is professor of Jewellery Design. Her fields of interest are focused on contemporary design with a specialisation in jewellery design. On these topics she has coordinated International researches for local and International jewellery companies and has organised exhibitions all over the world.
She is director of the Post Graduate Course in Jewellery Design at the Milan Polytechnic and the editor of the blog
Her latest publications include: Jewellery of the XX century: from Art Nouveau to Contemporary Design in Europe and the United States, Skira /Rizzoli International, Milan, New York 2010, Italian, English and French editions, Jewellery today, art, fashion and design, Electa Milan 2010.

Marco Romanelli was born in Trieste in 1958, he obtained his degree in Architecture in Genoa in 1983 and, in 1984, a Masters’ Degree in Design. He works in the fields of furniture design (for Arflex, Bosa, Driade, Fiam, Fontana Arte, Glas, Laboratorio Pesaro, Nodus, Oluce, Salviati, Valsecchi), interior architecture (his works have been published in the most important
international magazines) and exhibit design (in 2002-2003 “Gio Ponti: a World” in London, Rotterdam, Milan; in 2007 “Bruno Munari” in Tokyo; in 2011 “Design, una storia italiana”, Rome-Turin). He flanks his design work with an intense critical meditation on topics involving living and design: he has been editor of both Domus (1986-1994) and Abitare (1995-2007).

Marco Romanelli

Pilar Coin

Head of Marketing of Roberto Coin Spa and Vice President of Women Jewelry Association Italy
Born in Spain and grown up in Switzerland, Pilar Cabo Coin started her career in Geneve: she worked in the financial sphere, also with a responsibility role. She left everything for love and chose to live in Italy to stay with Roberto Coin, president of the eponymous company. After getting her specialisation at the GIA as a gemmologist, she started working with diamonds and precious stones. Her contribution to the company has been significant: production moved into a different direction, from goldsmith to jewellery.
Her contribution to public relations and marketing is also relevant. At the moment she is the marketing director for the Roberto Coin SpA. She perfectly knows the world of marketing, communication, commerce and production. She controls and evaluates the trend of the market, the activity of competitors and she proposes appropriate actions. She has been the first President of the Women’s Jewelry Association in Italy, which is part of an organisation already active in the USA.


Designs will be selected and assessed according to their originality, degree of innovation, wearability, correspondence with the Contest theme and potential for production in series.

The total prize money of EUR 6.000 shall be distributed as follows:

- 1st classified euros 3.000
- 2nd classified euros 2.000
- 3rd classified euros 1.000

Past Editions



“Gioielli sentimentali”

st Classified – MARIA CELESTE SANGERMANI (Italia) with the project “Hold Me”

2nd Classified – ANNARITA CAVAGLIA’ (Italia) with the project “Net Mesh”

3td Classified – ALESSANDRA DEL NERO (Italia) with the project “ Me”


“Porte-bonheur. Gioielli e amuleti contemporanei”

1st Classified – FRANCESCO DECIO (Italia) with the project “Omnia”

2nd Classified – SPAIRANI STEFANIA (Italia) with the project “Labirinti”

3rd Classified – ALICE MCLEAN (Gran Bretagna) with the project “ Gold Allure”


“Souvenir d’Italie”

1st Classified – AUDE CHEVALIER (Francia) with the project “Reflets”

2nd Classified – ANNA ROSOLEN (Italia) with the project “Pigeons Love Art”

3rd Classified – MARIA CELESTE SANGERMANI (Italia) with the project “Venice”

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