Programme Gemgenève 2019
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Programme





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9
May

Current and Future Trends in Contemporary Jewellery / Mezzanine

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Elizabeth Fischer will explain HEAD’s belief that the skills and knowledge required in Jewellery Design remain relevant in contemporary society. As long as objects are meaningful vectors in our relationships with others and our environment, and the more materials are intricately incorporated into the body and the person, the realm of jewelry and will have a part to play in society and in individuals’ lives. Vivienne Becker joins the conversation with a look at the work in this year’s Designer Vivarium, as she explains her reasons for the selection, what makes these contemporary jewels the antiques of the future

Speakers: Elizabeth Fisher and Vivienne Becker

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier : Une vie d'aventures et de diamants au XVIIème siècle / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Explorateur, aventurier, marchand, négociant en objets précieux et conteur de ses pérégrinations, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier est un personnage majeur et singulier de l’histoire de la joaillerie. Ses voyages en Orient ont contribué à développer en Europe la connaissance de l’ailleurs et le goût pour les pierres précieuses. – Cécile Lugand, Doctorante à l’Université de Rennes II, en thèse sur Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, et Professeur à L’ECOLE des Arts Joailliers – Gislain Aucremanne, Historien de l’Art, spécialisé dans l’histoire du bijou ancien, et Professeur à L’ECOLE des Arts Joailliers

Speakers: Gislain Aucremanne and Cécile Lugand

Artists, Studio and Couture: the No-Limit Jewels / Mezzanine

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Their names are Alexander Calder, Elsa Peretti or Shaun Leane, amongst others. Their creativity has pushed the boundaries of Art, Design and Fashion. But above all, they have pushed the boundaries of the jewellery world.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier: A life led in adventures and diamonds during the 17th century / Mezzanine

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Explorer, adventurer, merchant, precious items dealer and story-teller of his own travels, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier was such a major and unique character of jewelry history. His “Voyages” in the East developed in Europe both the knowledge of far-away places and the taste for precious gemstones. – Cécile Lugand, Doctoral researcher at Rennes II University, doing a thesis about Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, and Professor at L’ECOLE – School of Jewelry Arts. – Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, specialist of antique jewelry history and Professor at L’ECOLE – The School of Jewelry Arts.

Speakers: Gislain Aucremanne and Cécile Lugand

Identifying jewellery - Touch and Feel / Lounge

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn to use a loup, identify assay and maker’s mark, understand setting techniques according to periods, recognizing jewellery styles

Apprendre à utiliser une loupe, identifier des poinçons, comprendre les techniques de sertissage selon les époques, reconnaitre les périodes stylistiques.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron

10
May

Art Nouveau Jewellery: Sacred Beauty / Mezzanine

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Art Nouveau movement that reached a high point around 1900 was short-lived and intense, and marked a dramatic transformation of the jewel from adornment and ornament to true and noble work of art. This talk delves into the themes and inspirations in Art Nouveau jewellery, the influence of Japonisme, materials and techniques and looks at the masterpieces of Art Nouveau jewellery by artists including Lalique, Fouquet and Vever.

Speaker: Vivienne Becker

The gemstone market: from traceability to the responsibility of its actors / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Art Law Foundation organises a conference on the traceability of gemstones. Tracking and documenting the provenance of gemstones is a major issue to the industry. Several experts will assess current and potential avenues to ensure the traceability of gemstones. Moreover, the conference will address the due diligence responsibilities of dealers and customs law that applies to the trade.
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Earrings / Lounge

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you want to know more about earrings? Understand why since antiquity, more than any other jewel, they have repeatedly changed form and sometime disappeared completely? Join us for Earrings a talk presented by Amanda Triossi.

Jewels from the '70s and '80s how different can they be? / Lounge

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

If you want to learn how to distinguish jewels designed in the 1970s from those of created in 1980s, attend Amanda Triossi’s talk Jewels from the ’70s and ’80s, hopefully most of these questions will be addressed and explained.

Speaker: Amanda Triossi

11
May

Art Nouveau Jewellery: Sacred Beauty / Mezzanine

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Art Nouveau movement that reached a high point around 1900 was short-lived and intense, and marked a dramatic transformation of the jewel from adornment and ornament to true and noble work of art. This talk delves into the themes and inspirations in Art Nouveau jewellery, the influence of Japonisme, materials and techniques and looks at the masterpieces of Art Nouveau jewellery by artists including Lalique, Fouquet and Vever.

Muses and Collectors : The Women who Inspired Jewellery / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Powerful women, renowned artists, fashion icons or passionate lovers, numerous women have had a lasting influence on the High Jewellery world. From Queen Marie-Antoinette to Elizabeth Taylor, from Maisie Plant to the Duchess of Windsor, their little stories have made the great History of jewellery.

Qu’elles soient femmes de pouvoir, artistes admirées, icônes de la mode ou grandes amoureuses, nombreuses sont les femmes qui ont eu une influence majeure dans le monde de la joaillerie. De la reine Marie-Antoinette à Elizabeth Taylor, de Maisie Plant à la duchesse de Windsor, leurs petites histoires ont fait la grande Histoire du bijou.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron

Earrings / Mezzanine

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Do you want to know more about earrings? Understand why since antiquity, more than any other jewel, they have repeatedly changed form and sometime disappeared completely? Join us for Earrings a talk presented by Amanda Triossi.

Ruby: the King of Gems / Lounge

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The colour red conjures up deep-rooted emotions in the human psyche, from burning flames of passion and undying love, to the wrath of anger and heart-felt pain. As the protector from harm, the ruby has been used by ancient cultures as far back as 200 BCE to represent all these emotive sentiments. Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, believing that rubies held the power of life. This lecture takes you on a journey from the ancient mines of Burma, along the harsh terrain of the Chinese silk trading routes, to European courts and palaces, where rubies have been sourced and bought from intrepid gemstone dealers to decorate royalty, dignitaries and the elite. Joanna’s personal journey to the historic Burmese ruby mines and to the recently discovered ruby deposits of Mozambique guides you through what constitutes a gem-quality ruby, as well as exploring the techniques employed by cutters and goldsmiths in making iconic jewellery. Discussion also focuses on the renowned jewellery houses, such as Cartier, Chaumet, Graff, Mellerio dits Meller, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels, to name but a few, that have produced iconic ruby jewels for some of the most glamorous glitterati and socialites of the 20th and 21st centuries, all of whom have been seduced by the power and the passion of the ruby.

Speaker: Joanna Hardy

Identifying jewellery - Touch and Feel / Lounge

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn to use a loup, identify assay and maker’s mark, understand setting techniques according to periods, recognizing jewellery styles

Apprendre à utiliser une loupe, identifier des poinçons, comprendre les techniques de sertissage selon les époques, reconnaitre les périodes stylistiques.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron

12
May

Disruption and direction: our changing jewellery world, trends, themes and influences / Mezzanine

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This talk looks at the major influences shaping today’s jewellery world, from social and cultural megatrends, through fast-changing consumer attitudes, to new directions in design, art, architecture, fashion, showing how these all impact jewellery design, and how they are generating the radical changes that our industry faces today.

Speakers: Vivienne Becker and Marie de Sigalony for GemTrendStudio

Emerald: Twenty-One centuries of Jewellery Opulence / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This lecture introduces you to the wonderful world of emeralds, from mine to finger. How does the earth produce one of the finest gemstones in the world that has been so revered by Maharajas, Tsars, Emperors and Empresses throughout history? It has also been the gem chosen to adorn some of the most iconic and powerful women of the 20th century. We discover the stories and the journeys that lie behind some extraordinary emeralds that have been lost and found, hidden and revealed, in some of the world’s most iconic jewels. We take a virtual tour of Egypt, Colombia, Zambia and Jaipur and discover what is it about this gemstone that is so special. The presentation will illustrate how to develop an understanding and appreciation for this gemstone that continues to attract the attention of international jewellery connoisseurs and gemstone buyers.

Speaker: Joanna Hardy

Jewels from the '70s and '80s how different can they be? / Mezzanine

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you want to learn how to distinguish jewels designed in the 1970s from those of created in 1980s, attend Amanda Triossi’s talk Jewels from the ’70s and ’80s, hopefully most of these questions will be addressed and explained.

Speaker: Amanda Triossi