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.

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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

Monday, 18 July 2022 07:45

Giulia Morellini



Ciao sono Giulia Morellini, creatrice di Morellini Lab, uno spazio che dà vita alle emozioni. Creare gioielli è diventato un modo per materializzare i miei pensieri, attraverso un nuovo linguaggio. Tramite Morellini lab vorrei che l’acquirente entrasse in connessione con il gioiello e trovasse in esso una propria verità. Credo nella libertà di espressione, al di là delle mode. Credo nella semplicità perchè unica e personale. Credo nell’artigianato perchè in grado di dar vita ad oggetti unici e personali.

Hi, I’m Giulia Morellini, creator of Morellini Lab, a space that gives life to emotions. Creating jewelry has become a way to materialize my thoughts, it becomes a new language. I would like the buyer will connect with the jewel and will find him/ herself. I believe in freedom of expression, beyond fashion. I believe in simplicity, because it is unique and personal. I believe in craftsmanship, because it gives life to unique and personal objects.

Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 Virtual preview

June 7, 2021 at 7pm

online celebration


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

#wearableart #invaltidone

wearers: Antea, Federica, Teresa, Enrico, Ruggero
music: Suddenly it’s spring (J.Von Heusen)
Giuliano Perin vibrafono, Franco Lion contrabbasso, Daniele Scambia batteria
cd Some Other Spring, Cat Sound Records - Statale11

video e montaggio: Angela Petrarelli
concept: Eliana Negroni

Per maggiori informazioni vai al sito:

Giovedì 30 giugno alle ore 19.00 LAO - Le arti Orafe apre le aule e laboratori al pubblico in occasione della mostra di fine anno scolastico 2022.

Sono esposti i lavori delle sezioni di oreficeria, disegno del gioiello, CAD e stampa 3D, incisione, incassatura, smalti, lavorazione della cera, microfusione.

In mostra anche le fotografie realizzate grazie a un progetto di collaborazione tra studenti di Fondazione Studio Marangoni Firenze e studenti di LAO.

Charlotte Vanhoubroeck, una delle artiste selezionate per il concorso internazionale PREZIOSA YOUNG, e vincitrice del PREMIO SPECIALE LAO, che consiste in una residenza di artista a Firenze, presenterà i lavori realizzati durante il suo soggiorno a LAO.

In mostra anche alcuni degli oggetti realizzati nei laboratori LAO dai partecipanti al progetto europeo “Art@heart” Social Handcraft Experience, per la realizzazione di GIOIELLI SOSTENIBILI.


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