Tuesday, 07 December 2021 14:01

2022 Elective Assembly

Dear Members,

the date of the "ELECTIVE ASSEMBLY 2022" will be: 6th February 2022.

The candidates' information is present in the member's area of the website.

Best wishes,
Il Direttivo AGC

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 09:22

Pure | Japanese Collective

The PURE exhibition at Thereza Pedrosa Gallery in Asolo runs from Saturday, November 27 through Sunday, December 25, or you can follow it online at

"Traveling takes us to places, people, languages and cultures unknown to us. Traveling enriches us in mind and spirit. But discovering the world can happen thousands of miles away or just a few feet from home. The important thing is not where we are, but to be ready to observe the world with a heart open to new discoveries and a curious mind. This group exhibition takes us to explore the richness of Japanese culture through the work of artists Kazumi Nagano, Mineri Matsuura, Nahoko Fujimoto, Mariko Sumioka and Yoko Takirai | Pietro Pellitteri.
Established artists with works present in the most important collections of contemporary jewelry in the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Alice and Louis Koch Rings Collection in Switzerland and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. They come to Asolo bringing all the delicacy and purity of their works, made in various materials: from the most precious, platinum, through gold and silver, to paper. Each of these artists is unique in their artistic expression, but they all share a deep connection with the sublime essence of Japanese thought and tradition."

Below are some works by the artists featured in the exhibition:

Kazumi Nagano, Untitles, brooch 1, Thereza Pedrosa Gallery

Mariko Sumioka, Stone wall, brooch, Thereza Pedrosa Gallery

Mineri Matsuura, Metamorphosis 01, brooch, Thereza Pedrosa Gallery

Nahoko Fujimoto, Untitled 2, pendant, Thereza Pedrosa Gallery

Yoko Takirai and Pietro Pellitteri, Linea Rigida, necklace, Thereza Pedrosa Gallery


Monday, 22 November 2021 09:26

Pensieri preziosi 16 - Chronos

"Pensieri preziosi 16 - Chronos" is the title of the exhibition dedicated to contemporary jewelry, now in its 16th edition.
On display are the works of seven internationally famous artists: Georg Dobler, Jürgen Eickhoff, Herman Hermsen, Winfried Krüger, Ruudt Peters, Ramon Puig Cuyàs and Graziano Visintin from Padua.

The exhibition is curated by Mirella Cisotto Nalon and promoted by the Department of Culture of the City of Padua, with the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo.



Thursday, 18 November 2021 09:54

4 Solo Show

We are proud to present 4 SOLO exhibitions. A special opportunity, to have a full view of their achievements held together in one venue.

We welcome you to join this gathering!!!

Saturday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the presence of Andrea Bortolamasi, Councillor for Culture of the City of Modena, the solo exhibition of Gigi Mariani, goldsmith, will be opened at the Civic Museum of Modena, Palazzo dei Musei in Largo Porta Sant'Agostino, 337.

The exhibition was created as a tribute by goldsmith Gigi Mariani for the 150th anniversary of the Civic Museum of Modena.

An exclusive collection of jewelry that a master of contemporary goldsmithing has dedicated to the 150th anniversary of his city's museum, combining works and artifacts from the past with the present and looking to the future. And it is precisely in this mixture of materials and techniques that the image of the museum's heritage connects with the present, renewing itself and making alive and vital that drive for dialogue with today and tomorrow that has animated the action of the Civic Museum in recent years.

For contacts:

Tel. 059 2033101 / 3125
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Facebook / Instagram: museocivicomodena

Labirinto #21
18kt yellow gold, silver, niello

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.


Sunday, 04 July 2021 16:57

Alba Polenghi Lisca



La mia esperienza artistica è iniziata dal disegno fino alla pittura. La tela era mezzo di espressione dello spazio, del colore e del segno. Il lavoro è iniziato sulla superficie e la ricerca è stata quella di ottenere una combinazione ponderata di chiaro, scuro, segni, tracce e colori. L'espressione è stata ricercata nei campi cromatici, cioè nei segni. Quando ho iniziato a creare gioielli, ho scoperto la bellezza e la forza che le forme possono comunicare. Il dialogo si arricchisce di un altro elemento, il rapporto intrinseco tra superficie e forma. La mia scoperta artistica ha fatto un passo avanti, rivelando una relazione con la materia, il foglio di metallo duro, che realizza una struttura fatta di precisione, rigore e misura. Il gioiello, oggetto artistico, doveva passare dal significato ricercato all'interno di un campo semantico cromatico, a un linguaggio di forma e volume. Acquisendo forma, la superficie trasmette luci e ombre, la forma viene tagliata per generarne un'altra, animata dalla fluida la geometria. La creatività di un artista, credo, si esprime nel dialogo che ha con se stesso. Un intenso, continuo dialogo interiore che diventa il filo conduttore della propria attività, e come conseguenza della sua vita. Soprattutto cerchiamo, ricerchiamo, iniziamo un viaggio e questo percorso porta alla creazione nel nostro lavoro.