Monday, 16 January 2023 08:12

Incontri in AGC: events

After an interesting first interlocutory meeting and session with Mariangela Murgia and Alberto Catalano of Fluxis, more Incontri@AGC are scheduled.


The calendar is continuing through June with the following proposals:


Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 h.20.30

The "care" of the curator. The role and quality of the curator and the importance, as well as the necessity, of his or her critical stand and research

Incontri@Agc with Maria Rosa Franzin and Thereza Pedrosa


Thursday, 03/16/2023 h.8:30 pm

Will it be ve(t)ro? - Stories and curiosities of glass through the work of forgers

Incontri@Agc with Caterina Zucchi


Thursday 23.03.2023 h.20.30

Join us! - Incontri@Agc in English and Spanish for international and Italian members who would like to speak


Thursday 04.05.2023 h.20.30

Jewelry and the Spirit of Time. A personal look with a bit of disenchantment into the everyday filtered through the history and uniqueness of jewelry of all times and genres

Incontri@Agc with Maria Laura La Mantia


Thursday, 06/29/2023 h.8:30 pm

Nano-explorations and surface narratives. Applications of quantum phenomena in contemporary jewelry.

Incontri@Agc curated by Alice Rendon


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Saturday, 07 January 2023 15:42

Dear Kadri Mälk

Dear Kadri,

Not long ago you were with us in Padua, at the Oratorio of San Rocco.

You accepted the invitation of AGC Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo to participate in the exhibition on Devotional Jewellery with great joy and with the generosity and kindness that were typical of you.

Through your messages, I was able to perceive your pain, but despite this, you wrote how great your desire was to be there.

Your gaze, your gesture, your important work, will always be with us.

AGC Association

Kadri Mälk

Tallin - Estonia, 27.1.1958 - 1.1.2023

Monday, 05 December 2022 07:00

Natalia Cellini



Dopo il diploma mi sono sentita libera di iniziare la mia vera formazione, quella artistica. C’è stata una scuola privata di arti decorative a Roma, un po’ di apprendistato con la mia insegnante, poi ho deciso di aprire il mio studio. Per anni ho eseguito committenze di affreschi che mi hanno consentito di affinare e padroneggiare la tecnica pittorica. Poi ho deciso che volevo provare a non subordinare gli elementi formali ai modelli esterni. Il campo della mia ricerca era quello della memoria, della presenza, dei sedimenti di vita interiore come nuclei generativi. Ogni opera è divenuta una biografia interiore che si compone di terre, sabbia, polvere di marmo, colla, pigmenti che sono insieme il fondo e il corpo sui quali incido al posto di disegnare. Fino a quando c’è stato il vero e proprio incontro con la materia: residui ferrosi, minerali e rocce di una miniera abbandonata. Le tracce cromatiche e tattili di quel territorio, le asperità del suolo, la sacralità di quel luogo mi sono rimaste addosso. Da qui è partita la mia nuova ricerca formale nella realizzazione di gioielli. Da allora amo lavorare con materiali che mi riportano a quel mondo non pretenzioso, alla nobiltà di oggetti essenziali, forgiati a mano, attenta a preservare l’imperfetto. Perché i segni presenti sulla pietra rappresentano la sua biografia. Sono delle cicatrici. Esattamente come quelle sulla nostra pelle, che ci ricordano che abbiamo vissuto: cancellarle significherebbe negare il passaggio del tempo. Che è invece materia primaria del mio lavoro.

After my graduation I started my real training, the artistic one. After attending a private school of decorative arts in Rome I decided to open my own studio in 1996. For several years I had run commissions of frescoes that allowed me to refine and master the pictorial technique. Until I decided I wanted to try not to subordinate the formal elements to external models. My research was that of memory, of presence, of the sediments of inner life as generative nuclei. In recent years, each work has been an inner biography that consists of earth, sand, marble dust, glue; pigments that are both the base and the body on which I engrave instead of drawing.
At one point there was the real encounter with the “matter”: ferrous waste of scrap, rocks and minerals from an abandoned mine area. The chromatic and tactile traces that the environment carried, the roughness of the soil, the sacredness of the earth stuck with me. Hence my new research on the level of forms in jewelry production. Since then I have loved working with materials that take me back to that unpretentious world, to that nobility of hand-forged essential objects.
I wanted to be meticulously careful to preserve the imperfection, because the marks on the stone represent his biography, they are scars. Just like those on our skin, which remind us that we have lived: to erase them would be to deny the passage of time. Which is instead the raw material of my work.



N.F. Me
Necklace - Ardesia, ferro, oggetti trovati. 2022
N.F. Me
Necklace - Ardesia, ferro, oggetti trovati. 2022
Necklace - Ardesia, onice bianca, corda elastica nera. 2021
Necklace - Ardesia, ferro, oggetti trovati. 2019
Pensiero e materia
Necklace - Ardesia, ferro, agata naturale. 2019

The Italian goldsmith of the “Paduan School” Giampaolo Babetto is famous for his jewelry – geometrically distinct shapes arranged into refined entities of extraordinary perfection and beauty. But the artist’s wide-ranging spectrum includes equally furniture design, silverwork, sculptures, liturgical utensils and architecture – even his design drawings have an autonomous character with artistic value.
In addition to Christian iconography, his sources of inspiration include the fresco cycles of Renaissance artist Jacopo da Pontormo, and there are echoes of minimalism, neo-plasticism, neo-constructivism, and “arte programmata/cinetica.”
The Entity of Being shows for the first time an overall view of the versatile virtuoso. The comprehensive catalog section is complemented by four contributors giving exciting insights into the work of this universal artist.
A precious meeting at the Archivio Negroni in Milan: Giampaolo Babetto talks with two of the authors, Andrea Nante and the art gallery owner Thereza Pedrosa, and with the publisher Dirk Allgaier, a refined admirer and disseminator of international contemporary art and modern craft.

Free admission. Limited seating. Reservations on eventbrite:

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Possibility to follow the event online from this sitoweb:


Fred Jahn, Friedhelm Mennekes, Andrea Nante, Thereza Pedrosa

BABETTO The Entity of Being / L’Entità dell’Essere/ Die Einheit des Seins,

Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Museo Civico di Asolo (IT) 2022, pp.328

The exhibition entitled Devotional Jewel, will be held at the Oratory of San Rocco in Padua from November 25, 2022 to February 5, 2023.

The project proposed by member Elena Alfonsi attracted great national and international interest and participation. The selection of authors was supervised by Dr. Mirella Cisotto Nalon, former Head of Cultural Activities Sector of the City of Padua.

The theme proposed for the competition developed the participation of invited and selected authors by submitting works made with the use of a wide variety of materials, from metal, charcoal, stones of various types, photographs, textiles organic materials, enamels, lacquers and inks Japanese synthetic materials, plastics, magnets, recycled bricks and more. Sixty-nine authors have been selected, 16 artists invited: Jivan Astfalck, David Bielander, Stephen Bottomley, Helen Britton, Sebastien Carre, Jurgen Eickhoff, Cristina Filipe, Arata Fuchi, Kadri Malk, Judy McCaig, Kazumi Nagano, Ramon Puig Cuyas, Marianne Schliwinski, Alejandra Solar, Tanel Veenre, Silvia Walz.

The exhibited works represent personalities of the authors, tell stories, concepts and emotions.
They come from different countries such as Portugal, Austria, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Estonia, Holland, South Africa, Israel, United States, South Korea, Sweden, Libya, Mexico, Japan.
A broad view of the concept and meaning of "Loss" aimed at the Loss, the sudden, total and permanent lack of an affection; but also the destruction of forests, the extinction of animal species and in some works the desire not to want to lose artistic techniques that collect the cultural meaning of a land.
Many authors will be present at the morning press conference on Friday 25 and at the opening at 5 p.m. All works will be illustrated in the catalog.
The event is made possible thanks to the City of Padua-Department of Culture.

Below are the agc members and their works:
Sara Barbanti, Roberta Bernabei, Annarita Bianco, Patrizia Bonati, Jeemin Jamie Chung, Lluís Comín Vilajosana, Corrado De Meo, Laura Forte, Maria Rosa Franzin, Gigi Mariani, Mineri Matsuura, Kazumi Nagano, Sara Progressi, Anna Retico, Carla Riccoboni and Silvia Sandini, Stefano Rossi, Chiara Scarpitti, Claudia Steiner, Yiota Vogli, Caterina Zanca.

Sara Barbanti

Roberta Bernabei

Annarita Bianco

Patrizia Bonati

Jeemin Jamie Chung

Lluís Comín Vilajosana

Corrado De Meo

Laura Forte

Maria Rosa Franzin

Gigi Mariani

Mineri Matsuura

Kazumi Nagano

Sara Progressi

Anna Retico

Carla Riccoboni e Silvia Sandini

Stefano Rossi

Chiara Scarpitti

Claudia Steiner

Yiota Vogli

Caterina Zanca



The Grassi Museum of Applied Arts (Preis der Grassifreunde) honored the work of our member Gabi Veit by purchasing her pieces for the museum's permanent collection.

The artist tells:

"In the spring of 2020 I picked hazelnuts in the garden.

I was fascinated by the irregular holes in the hazelnuts. I also found nuts split in half.

Research revealed that hazelnuts are split in half by squirrels and that the holes in the hazelnuts are caused by mice. The gnawing marks on the edge of the hole are clearly visible. So each animal has its own way of getting to the hazelnut, to the treasure.

I selected the hazelnuts, cleaned them, removed the inner skin and drilled two holes.

I strung the hazelnuts like pearls in two chains, one for each type of animal.

Now it was up to me to create a tribute to the animals, my assistants as I call them.

I made a necklace of abstract shapes with holes, resembling animals with eyes or ears. I connected these pieces with eyelets. I left the oxidation that occurred during soldering. I found that the indefinite gray-brown tone resembles the color of the animals.

The three necklaces were created in this moment of stillness. The vision of the obvious, the marvelous in the small was sharpened. Nature always plays an important role in my work, animals were for the first time the focus of my attention."

Schatzkammer (treasury)

AG925 silver necklace, 57 individual pieces cast by lost wax, 2021

Hazelnut chain with holes gnawed by mice, strung with strand of red pearls, 2020

Necklace of hazelnuts split in half by squirrels and strung with strand of pink pearls, 2020



Thursday, 27 October 2022 12:30

Nicolás Estrada



Nicolás Estrada discovered his artistic pathway in Barcelona. Professionally, Nicolás Estrada develops the extraordinary and the provocative. His work is a hymn to irreverence and reflection, and it is immersed in the aura of a discipline practised with judgment and deep thought. Nicolas has given lectures and workshops at universities and art centres in many countries, and he is the author of the five books in the series on jewellery that has been published by Promopress and T&H in several languages and distributed worldwide.






Cherry on top
Ring | 2019 - Wood, silver, cornaline, paint | 4 x 3,5 x 0,5
Earrings | 2017 - Amethyst, silver | 3 x 2,5 x 2 e/a
Ring | 2017 - Wood, silver, gold, paint | 4,5 x 4,5 x 1
Brooch | 2014 - Silver, rose quartz, citrine, steel | 5,5 x 5,5 x 1,8
Fragile & Precious
Ring | 2014 - Gold, rose quartz, wood, pigment | 6,5 x 3,5 x 3
Precious & Fragile
Ring | 2014 - Gold, rock crystal, vegetable ivory, pigment | 7,5 x 3,5 x 3,5
Sinner Inside
Ring | 2014 - Gold, silver, pearl, opal, vegetable ivory, pigment | 9,5 x 6,5 x 6
Ring | 2014 - Gold, silver, iron, emerald, rose quartz, wood, natural fibre | 8 x 3,5 x 2,5
Tuesday, 25 October 2022 06:21

Gruppo AGC Meeting Online

"Il progetto Incontri in AGC nasce dall’esigenza, condivisa da più soci, di dare forza alla community di cui si sentono parte.

L’idea alla quale stiamo lavorando è quella di creare occasioni di confronto e scambio ma anche di formazione e arricchimento culturale, con un approccio quanto più possibile transdisciplinare.

Gli incontri previsti saranno on line e fruibili esclusivamente dai soci, mentre i soggetti chiamati a offrire il proprio contributo potranno essere interni o esterni all’associazione.

In occasione di questo primo appuntamento di giovedì 27 ottobre ci proponiamo di illustrare nei dettagli il progetto e di raccogliere indicazioni e suggerimenti su contenuti e modalità.

Durante l’incontro formalizzeremo l’eventuale disponibilità dei soci a far parte del gruppo di lavoro.

Come partecipare:

L'incontro è pianificato su Zoom per Giovedì 27 ottobre ore 20.30"


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ID riunione: 869 9765 5505

Passcode: 077037



Sunday, 02 October 2022 06:24

Jewels in Ferment in Bologna

The exhibition Gioielli in Fermento - Arte e Vino (Jewels in Ferment - Art and Wine) opens in Bologna on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. in the exhibition hall of the Legislative Assembly building. The event, promoted by the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia Romagna Region in collaboration with AGC Italian Association for Contemporary Jewelry, celebrates the tenth anniversary of the international art jewelry competition inspired by the themes of wine.

A display the one in Bologna, which presents in addition to the winners of the tenth edition of the competition, the selected authors from more than 20 countries around the world, with special attention paid to the selected ones of Reggio-Emilian origin, such as Gigi Mariani, Sara Barbanti, Margherita Berselli, Gianni Riva and Annagiulia Giannetti.

Therefore, you are all invited to the presentation of the 10-year project 2011-2021, with institutional greetings and introduction of the authors in the company of the Regional Authorities.

To follow the award-winning jewelry from the 10th edition of Jewels in Ferment 20|21:

1th Preis to Yukiko Kakimoto_brooches   Ph. Angela Petrarelli

2th Preis to Boglarka Mazsi_Reflecting-Memory Fragments_epaulettes   Ph. Angela Petrarelli

3th Preis to Letizia Maggio_Mein Kunst_necklace     Ph. Angela Petrarelli

1th Preis for students to Annarita Bianco T01



Tuesday, 26 July 2022 05:58

Devotional Jewellery

The exhibition entitled Devotional Jewellery, Pensieri Preziosi 17° Edition, will be held from 26th November 2022 to 16th February 2023.

Opening 25th November 2022 at the Oratorio of San Rocco Padova - Italy

The theme proposed for the competition was not intended as "religious devotion", but as a broad vision of the concept and meaning of "Loss" intended as a sudden, total and permanent loss of a beloved person, as shown for example, in the jewels of the so-called Mourning Jewelry production of the Victorian era, or of a loss that involves the vital system of our planet.

The project proposed by the AGC member Elena Alfonsi, has sparked great interest, shown through the international participation of artists from Europe, Japan, United States, Korea, South Africa and China. The selection of authors was curated by Dr. Mirella Cisotto Nalon, former Head of the Cultural Activities Sector of the Municipality of Padua, by Dr. Elena Alfonsi scholar of History of Art Criticism, and Cultural Tanatologist.

The event has been made possible thanks to the Municipality of Padua - Department of Culture.

Authors selected:

Adi Harush, Alain Roggeman, Alessandra Pizzini, Anna Retico, Annarita Bianco, Birgit Thalau, Carla Riccoboni and Silvia Sandini, Carmel Boerner, Caterina Zanca, Chiara Scarpitti, Chris de Beer, Claudia Beatriz Schlabitz, Claudia Steiner, Corrado De Meo, Cova Rios, Cristina Celis, Daniela Repetto, Delphine Perrache, Eiko Nakahara, Erle Nemvalts, Esteban Erosky Martinez, Flavia Fenaroli, Floor Mommersteeg, Francesca Di Ciaula, Gemma Canal, Gigi Mariani, Giulia Lanza, Holland Houdek, Jeemin Jamie Chung, Laura Forte, Lauryna Kiškytė, Lena Lindahl, lluis Comin, Lorena Lazard, Maja Houtman, Małgosia Kalińska, Margarita Malliri, Margo Orlovic, Maria Rosa Franzin, Marta Fernandez Caballero, Marta Ortí, Michelle Kraemer, Mineri Matsuura, Miriam Diament, Misaki Nomoto, Mona Wallstrom, Monique Lecouna, Natalia Araya, Patrizia Bonati, Pilar Viedma Gil De Vergara, Rachel Ouizemann, Roberta Bernabei, Roberto Zanon, Rosa Borredà, Sara Barbanti, Sara Progressi, Saskia Tossaint, Simona Materi, Sol Rios, Soonin Han, Sophie Hanagarth, Stefano Rossi, Tinne Delfs and Mette Olsen, Viktoria Münzker, Xiaoyan Rong, Yiota Vogli, Yueyang Sun, Yuka Jourdain, Yukiko Kakimoto.

A series of works by invited authors will also be present at the exhibition:

Alejandra Solar, Arata Fuchi, Cristina Filipe, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Jivan Astfalck, Judy McCaig, Jurgen Eickhoff, Kadri Maelk, Kazumi Nagano, Marianne Schliwinsky, Ramon Puig Cuyas, Sebastien Carrè, Stephen Bottomley, Silvia Walz, Tanel Veenre.

by Kadri Maelk

by Marianne Schliwinsky

by Alejandra Solar

by Arata Fuchi

by David Bielander

by Helen Britton

by Jivan Astfalck

by Judy McCaig

by Kazumi Nagano

by Sebastien Carrè

by Stephen Bottomley

by Tanel Veenre

by Silvia Walz

by Ramon Puig Cuyas

by Jurgen Eickhoff

by Cristina Filipe

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