Contemporary Jewellery at Milano Jewelry Week

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Within the first edition of the Milano Jewelry Week, held from the 24th to the 27th of October, the city has been engaged with a program of 80 events held in jewellery ateliers, goldsmith workshops, academies and art galleries, design schools and showrooms and fashion boutiques in the city centre writes Ilaria Ruggiero.

Among the Schools that participated, it is worthy to mention The Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana that opened its doors to the public to show the tools and see the students at work. Lectures have been organized about the different techniques of precious jewellery, the realities of the gold buyers and the jewellery world. Moreover, for the entire duration of the event, the school exhibited pieces representing the excellence of the various goldsmith techniques: high jewellery, engraving, fired enamel, embossing and chisel, setting, micro wax sculpture. The Galdus School hosted workshops and lectures dedicated to the world of jewellery, to involve anyone who has the desire and the curiosity to approach this sector.

IED Istituto Europeo di Design opened the spaces to the public with a series of activities promoting the culture of jewellery. They also organized an exhibition with a selection of the best works realized by the students, talks with professionals in the sector and experiential jewellery making workshops.

Among international contemporary jewellery galleries, the participation of Galeria Alice Floriano (Brazil) stands out for the quality of selection and taste: it presents the works by Aisegul Telli, Alice Floriano, Kika Alvarenga, Marina Sheetikoff, Marta Mattsson, Sofia Bjorkman and Thais Costa. Proposing a soft amalgam by mixing different cultural roots, they believe in transformation through harmony.

Local jewellery galleries like Babs Art Gallery, Irene Belfi, Galleria Rossini and ESH Gallery hosted both group and solo shows.

Irene Belfi presented the work by the Swiss artist Fabrice Schaefer, whose research is aimed at finding a balance between dimensions and design, volume and weight, matter and colour, where everything must merge, balance and harmonize to perfection.

Elements like the circle, the light and transformation are at the base of the artist’s work and wisely combining titanium and diamonds, gold and rust, Schaefer, as an ardent alchemist, creates elegant wearable art works with a strong and unmistakable character. The exhibition is accompanied by a sound installation created by the contemporary artist Lorenzo Morri.

Image Credits:

Aisegul Telli
Courtesy Alice Floriano

Alice Floriano
Antes que tudo acabe
Courtesy Alice Floriano

Sofia Bjorkman
Courtesy Alice Floriano

Francesca Locati
Foto Claudio Morelli

Fabrice Schaefer
Bague Titane Forg
Courtesy Irene Belfi

Fabrice Schaefer
Courtesy Irene Belfi

Fabrice Schaefer
Pur Square
Courtesy Irene Belfi

Kika Alvarenga
Anel Choupana
Courtesy Alice Floriano

Marta Mattson
Black Horn Beetle
Courtesy Alice Floriano

Fabrice Schaefer
Firework, Ring
Courtesy Irene Belfi

About the Contributing Writer

Ilaria Ruggiero is a cultural manager and curator working in the field of contemporary art. She is the founder of Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry, a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline and as ground search for technique, aesthetics, and philosophy.


Ilaria Ruggiero


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