Wednesday, 20 October 2021 06:27

Brunella Sola



Concepisco il mio lavoro come ricerca: di nuovi materiali, di tecniche ibride mutuate da altri campi dell’artigianato, di contaminazioni e accostamenti inusuali. Concepisco il gioiello come ornamento e per questo non mi allontano dal concetto di vestibilità e comodità.

Nasco come orafa, dopo il diploma scientifico, quasi per caso, aspettando di capire cosa fare “da grande”. Mi iscrivo al Kapac di Milano per due anni e li nasce l’attrazione per il lavoro manuale, per la creazione del gioiello che parla di te e la volontà di trasformare la materia inerte in qualcosa di vivo e significante. Poi sono anni di studio e di applicazione, in laboratori di produzione artigianale dove imparo la tecnica che mi permetterà in seguito di spaziare e concretizzare i miei disegni e le mie suggestioni. La natura, il paesaggio urbano, il particolare architettonico: questi sono le mie ispirazioni. Per questo la mia produzione è alle volte minimale con forme semplici ed elementari, altre più realistica con richiami alla flora. Sperimento gli smalti quando ho voglia di colore, l’ossidato quando ho bisogno di smorzare l’impatto cromatico.

Dal 1992 ho il mio laboratorio in Bergamo dove progetto, disegno, realizzo il toto le mie creazioni.




Tuesday, 19 October 2021 12:48

LAO - Le Arti Orafe


Studying, learning, experimenting without limits or boundaries.

Established in 1985 by Giò Carbone, LAO - Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School was the first Italian school devoted to contemporary jewellery, and since the very beginning has encouraged and promoted a learning process emphasizing technical and professional skills, combined with artistic research and contemporary design. LAO have its headquarters in the historic and artistic heart of Florence, in the Santo Spirito/San Frediano district.

LAO invented and experimented with a training programme that put the stress on anti-conventional reworking of traditional procedures and techniques, combining the knowledge of craftsmanship with contemporary concepts, exploring the creative use of traditional materials and introducing other, completely innovative ones. Nowadays the school is one of the most important in Europe, it is an Accredited Training Agency for courses approved and financed by the ESF (European Social Fund), and an Authorized entity for Erasmus projects. The school has five workshops for practical activities, a gemology classroom, a library, a CAD studio and two classrooms for design and theory lessons. Main courses are held in Italian language, and foreign students are required to have an B2 level knowledge of this language. Courses in English could be scheduled on demand. Besides the normal education activities, LAO has a long curriculum of events, collaborations with people and companies and different projects in different areas and countries. Stories of friendship, cooperation, cultural exchange and enrichment with professionals, artists, friends. Since 2005 the school organizes "PREZIOSA" the international exhibition devoted to Contemporary Jewellery, and the side contest/exhibition PREZIOSA YOUNG. Since 2015 the school organizes the "FLORENCE JEWELLERY WEEK" an intensive 7-day event devoted to the jewellery world and the complex relationships between artistic research, crafts and design.

- Jewellery making
- Jewellery design
- Stone setting
- Hand Engraving
- Enamel

Every year, summer, short, intensive and week-end courses are scheduled



Monday, 04 October 2021 07:38

Jewelry Selection Exhibition VDW 2021

As part of Venice Design Week 2021, the DAZZLE ME! jewelry exhibition opened on September 30 at the Ca' Pisani Design Hotel in Venice.

Dazzle me! was the theme of Venice Design Week Jewelry Selection 2021. The competition is in its eighth edition and every year contemporary jewelry designers develop their ideas by confronting internationally.
The theme was a clear exhortation, with an exclamation point, to create a jewel that could surprise and capture the attention of the viewer. It represented a challenge to play with light, colors, reflections from a mirror and with everything that can amaze the observer.
Of the hundreds of projects belonging to 71 artists who sent their works from all over the world, 16 were those that the jury felt had best interpreted and told the values through their jewel.

The participants selected for the exhibition at the Ca' Pisani Deco Hotel are: Miriam Arentz – Germany, Matteo Belardinelli – Italy, Annarita Bianco – Italy, Hairuo Ding – USA, Anna Fanigina – Latvia, Eiko Nakahara – Japan, Paolo Gambarelli – Italy, Martin Grosman – Czech Republic, Lital Mendel – Israel, Soon-in Han – South Korea, Michael Hofmeyer – Italy, Namkyung Lee – South Korea, Stefania Lucchetta – Italia, Andreia Gabriela Popescu – Romania, Jennifer Wells – USA, Métis: Sergio e Stefano Spivach, Giovanna Gavaudam – Italy.

The jury was composed of Maria Rosa Franzin, Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo AGC, Anna Schetelich, OONA gallery in Berlin, Elena Rizzi, OHMYBLUE gallery in Venice, Roberto Zanon architect and Design professor at Accademia delle Belle Arti, Valeria Accornero, journalist and blogger, Marianna Serandrei, owner of Ca’ Pisani Design Hotel.

The exhibition will be held on the first floor of the charming Ca' Pisani Deco Hotel located in Dorsoduro 979A, Venice and reachable also by waterbus with stop at Accademia or Zattere.
The exhibition will start on 30 September from 2 pm to 7 pm and will end on 24 October 2021, admission is free.
The competition was promoted by Venice Design Week with the collaboration of Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo AGC, Cà Pisani Design Hotel, Autor-Bucharest, OhMyBlue Gallery, Oona Gallery, Bini Gallery, Creativity Objects, 16metriquadri contemporary jewelry, and with the media partnership of and Vicenza Jewellery.
The award is promoted by Venice Design Week that will take place from 9 to 17 October 2021 with the theme DESIGN FOR ALL.

Friday 15 October at 3 pm guided tour - this the link
by reservation until all available places are sold out.

Sunday 10 October at 5 pm award ceremony - this th link
by invitation at Palazzo Contarini Polignac Dorsoduro 875 - Venice

First edition, school year 2020-2021.

The selection for the first edition of the call for the assignment of a LAO scholarship dedicated to the memory of Maria Cristina Bergesio was longer and more complex than expected, but we can finally communicate the name of the candidate who has been selected for this important first edition.

Mrs. Federica Cogliandro, winner of the selection has been admitted to attend the second year of jewellery making course, free of charge.
In addition to attending the normal lessons she will develop throughout the year a project which will be characterised by innovative research into contemporary jewellery.
In this project Federica will be supported by Alice Rendon, lecturer in the history of contemporary jewellery, Maria Laura La Mantia, lecturer in culture of jewellery, and Giò Carbone for the realization of the objects.

The research results will be disclosed and published at the end of the study period.

LAO thanks the numerous participants in the call, who are invited to try again for the next edition, in 2022.

AGC the Italian Association for contemporary jewellery, in collaboration with:

University Library of Pavia (Italy)

Fondazione Maria Cosway (Lodi, Italy)

Liceo Piazza (Lodi, Italy)

Fondazione Villa Romana Le Grotte - Portoferraio (Elba Island, Italy),

proposes the themed exhibition on the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte 1821-2021. A series of female portraits in the Napoleonic era by artists such as Maria Cosway, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Angelica Kauffmann, Mary Moser, Anne Seymour Damer, and the female figures closest to Bonaparte - between Lombardy and Elba - Paolina, Madame Mére Maria Letizia Ramolino, Giulia Beccaria, inspire works of contemporary jewellery.

The curators of the exhibition are preparing a bibliography and a series of iconographic references to which art-jewelers and jewelry designers (AGC members) will be able to draw inspiration and combine their works with each portrait. All the thematic guidelines will be available to authors at the time of pre-accession - send request to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry registration:

1) pre-register with artist name by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) online registration form by this link

3) provisional images of work / not necessarily a new work (by Feb.28 2022)

4) work ready for photo shooting (28.2.2022) or professional picture to be sent by wetransfer/
google-drive (A still life session with a partner photographer will be organized. Unless otherwise
available in the budget, any author who joins will contribute to the cost of the shots)


DEADLINE 28 February 2022

curator: Eliana Negroni - Tel 335 8083039 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information in the file attached.


Gioielli in Fermento 20|21

The exhibition shows evolution in 114 works by art jewelers coming from more than 20 different countries.

Gioielli in Fermento was born 10 years ago, transforming over time the original theme of its Mediterranean background and atmospheres, but still keeping the ethical and geographic link. The collection chosen by the jury for 2020 appeared in a globally suspended time. The pandemic that broke out in the first months of the year indelibly marked a dividing line in the activity of each one of us.
ANTE and POST “corona”: The 2020 theme evolution & refinement¹ required more reflection and suggested a new level of research. To emphasize the time of transition, we opted to record the path between what “was” until the explosion of the pandemic, the dangers of contagion, the paralysis of all activities and the confinement – called the ANTE – and what implied rethinking our lives, our reactions, our roles, from then on – after, called the POST.

The artistic approach told through the Gioielli in Fermento exhibitions represents that authors’ creative motus they apply to record, undergo, react to changes through their works – from a conceptual point of view, from a practical point of view, from an existential point of view. The publication of the first part of this research constitutes a kind of last background: online contents, to be discovered gradually, following the different paths the authors are walking on, by discovering a focus which will be a whole view the virtual exhibition solution for the following year 2021. The challenge of the ANTE | POST comparison is a further evolution of the Fermento project. Observing the ANTE (Part I) and the POST (Part II) new meanings will emerge according to the experimental jewel. Covid19 determined a fracture or opportunity, but not only or not necessarily that. It probably enhanced a need to recompose, join, develop the search for a complementary or juxtaposed work, by evolution or revolution, dissolution or reconstruction. Or simply looking for balance. Our body-ornaments interpret a need, a relief, a message, an escape, a gratification, a memory: personal amulets of a new era. evolution & refinement. Using the words of wine, literally, it should be “evolution and ageing“, meaning the refinement and reached maturity of a wine through time.

1th Price
Yukiko Kakimoto (Japan)
METAMORPHOSE, brooches, 2020 and 2021
potter’s clay, glaze, Urushi (Japanese lacquer), Sumi (Japanese black ink), pure silver powder, oxidized silver

2th Price
Boglárka Mászi (Hungary)
REFLECTING, epaulette, 2020 and MEMORY FRAGMENTS, epaulette 2021
paper and concrete

3th Price
Letizia Maggio (Italy)
MEIN KUNST, necklace, 2021
silver, ruby

For more information about the other Prizes and Mentions and all the selected authors go to the link

To follow the video realized in the extraordinary Villa Braghieri with all the selected works:


Thursday, 01 July 2021 12:36

Frammenti e Superfici | Corrado De Meo

At Thereza Pedrosa Gallery based in Asolo (TV), Saturday, June 26 from 17.00 to 20.00 will be held the opening of the solo exhibition of Corrado De Meo, with the artist present.

The exhibition will be visitable in Asolo at Thereza Pedrosa Gallery in via Canova 332 and online by clicking this link


Corrado de Meo’s artistic research is deeply focused on the study of the matter and its infinite possibilities. Following the law of physical conservation of mass and in particular Lavoisier’s fundamental postulate, according to which “Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed”, the artist focuses his research on the continuous evolution of matter. In the most recent works presented in the exhibition “Fragments and Surfaces” we discover small scenarios enclosed in a frame where, in the process of creation, De Meo symbolically focuses his attention on a fragment, a surface of the matter, representing his own emotions in it. The result is a collection of micro universes, where we can immerse ourselves in the continuous change of shapes, lights and impressions.

Thereza Pedrosa


to follow some works of Corrado De Meo that will be exhibited:


Corrado De Meo | Surface R 17 | brooch


Corrado De Meo | Grey Landscape 1 | brooch

Thursday, 01 July 2021 12:19

Segni sul Volto

The image below shows the names of the workshop participants


Events programme:

Saturday 25 September 10 a.m.; Carla Riccoboni : Presentation of the project

Saturday 2 October 10 am: Francesco Bravin, anthropologist

Saturday 9 October 10 am: Maria Laura La Mantia, Professor of History of Jewellery

Saturday 16 October 10 a.m.: Roberta Bernabei, Prof. design and creative arts, followed by Alessandra Menegotto, Art History lecturer

Saturday 23 October at 10 a.m.: Chiara Scarpitti, designer and researcher

A very short video presentation of the speaker has also been prepared for each meeting.

Online meetings are open to everyone. Registration is required to receive connection codes.

Between one meeting and another, a closed facebook group will be activated as a space for comparison and documentation.


The project will be conducted in Italian and participation is free by registration/selection.

Born from a concept by Carla Riccoboni and coordinated by Alice Rendon.

The project begins from an idea of Carla Riccoboni, Italian designer and goldsmith, historical self-producer of jewelry, who has always been interested in the concept of seriality and in the ethical and social implications of her profession.

Segni sul volto aims to design a collection of facial objects, as an opportunity to reflect on the identity value of the ornament, loaded with symbolic as well as decorative values: "In a historical moment in which the pandemic has forced us to cover the face with a mask, we can rethink of it as the first and most significant tool of communication." (Carla Riccoboni)

Deadline for applications: 10th September 2021

For all information and to download the application form for the project go to this page




Thursday, 01 July 2021 12:11

Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 Awards

7 giugno 2021

E’ un’emozione riportare il mondo in #VillaBraghieri

Ringrazio tutti coloro che hanno confermato il sostegno a questo progetto anche in questa laboriosa edizione decennale:
l’ AGC Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, il Comune di Castelsangiovanni che ci ospita, Allied Group, LAO Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, Archivio Negroni Milano, SPV, La Soaza, Angela Petrarelli e le collaborazioni internazionali Joya Art Jewellery & Objects, Grupo Duplex Ieva Bondare e la prestigiosa giuria - Prof Alba Cappellieri, Renzo Pasquale, Olga Zobel Galerie_Biro' Monaco di Baviera.
Ringrazio le amministrazioni che ci hanno riconosciuto merito del patrocinio e le associazioni del territorio DeA Piacenza, Rete Confluenze, La Valtidone, InfoPoint_valtidoneluretta Associazione Nazionale Le Donne del vino dell'Emilia Romagna e Consorzio vini Piacenza con Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia Romagna.

In dieci anni dal vino all’arte, Gioielli in Fermento ha portato uno sguardo collettivo appassionato sulle colline e lo ha poi disseminato in molti luoghi, è stata una esperienza lunga e ogni volta originale, per me che ne ho accompagnato tutti i passi e spero per tutti coloro che ne hanno fatto parte.

Ai 62 autori della prima parte (2020), si aggiungono 15 autori nel 2021 con in tutto più di un centinaio di opere per la doppia edizione delle mostra. A loro si affianca un cinquantina di opere della sezione studenti, dai licei artistici (Lodi, Padova, Trento) alle scuole orafe, accademie e master in design - che registra le varie sfaccettature delle opportunità formative nel contesto dell’ornamento.

To the 62 jewellery artists and designers of the first part (2020), 15 more have been selected in 2021 with a total of more than a hundred works for the double edition of the exhibition. About other fifty works represent the student section, from high schools of art (Lodi, Padua, Trento) to goldsmith schools, academies and masters in #jewellerydesign - stating the various facets of educational opportunities in the context of #ornament.

grazie | thank You
Eliana Negroni

Thursday, 24 June 2021 09:43

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