Contemporary Jewellery and Travel: Next Jeneration Jewellery Contest 2016

Next Jeneration Jewellery Contest 2016: Awards to the best international contemporary jewelry talents, in the spotlight at the exhibition on the theme “Jewellery and Travel” at the Jewellery Museum in Vicenza, Italy.

The 5 winners (3 prizes and 2 special mentions) come from the most prestigious international schools (Ecole Boulle in Paris; Design Hochschule Pforzheim in Germany; Technology University Eindhoven in Holland; FIT, New York; Loughborough University in England;  College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan; Shenkar University, Tel Aviv; Hong Kong Design Centre; HES-SO Geneva; Florida International University and the Polytechnic University of Milan). They were selected by a jury of experts officiated by Gijs Bakker – Designer and Founder of Droog Design and Chi ha paura…? – and it’s composed of: Luisa Bocchietto, Designer and former President of ADI – Industrial Design Association – Alba Cappellieri, Jewellery Design Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Marco Romanelli, Designer, and Pilar Coin, Marketing Director of Roberto Coin S.p.A. and Past President of Women Jewelry Association Italy.

The winners were chosen because of their creative and valid interpretations of this year’s theme “Jewellery and Travel”, understood as inspiration – symbolic or real – as well as a narrative metaphor that may refer to an interior journey, to geography or even to a production process.

The winner was Isotta Scarpa, that was rewarded by Matteo Marzotto, President of Fiera di Vicenza, for her Travel Shapes: an elegant design that compares the past with the contemporary, using language and materials to understand the concept.

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Award for the second place was given to Bhawna Bhatia D’Anella for Travel Notes: an interesting research to rediscover gestures that are disused and to make functional an object, as the jewel, that is purely decorative.

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The third place went to Alessio Lu for Reflecto: a project with a strongly symbolic value, in which the subtraction of shapes accentuates the value of the design.

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A special mention was given to Oria Forsher for Inspired by Kandiski” with which she was able to express her ability to integrate art within the project.

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The second special mention was given to Silvia di Napoli for On the Silk Road, a combination of cutting-edge techniques and inspiration from the past.

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The winning contemporary jewelry works and those of the other finalists in the talent contest will be on show until January 2017 in the exhibition “Il Gioiello e il Viaggio – Jewellery and Travel”, curated by Alba Cappellieri and hosted by the Jewellery Museum, a project devised and run by Fiera di Vicenza in partnership with the Municipal authority of Vicenza, in the Palladian Basilica, Italy.

Click to open the gallery with all the finalists of the contemporary jewelry contest:


For more information on the Jewellery Museum