Programme 2021
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Programme 2021

Immerse yourself in new trends, disruptive thinking, ambitious ideas and fresh approaches. Take part in our informative and educational lectures, industry-relevant seminars, thought-provoking round table discussions and Touch & Feel workshops. As a hub for the gem & jewellery world, GemGenève fosters debate through talks and encourages new generations to Learn & Discover.

3
Nov

GemGenève - Press conference / Mezzanine

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

4
Nov

Cipullo – Making jewelry modern / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

In this talk, jewelry historian Vivienne Becker tells the life story of Aldo Cipullo, most famous as the creator of the iconic Cartier Love bracelet and the Juste un Clou Nail. She explains the background to her new book on Cipullo, her research, discoveries and her work with Aldo’s brother, Renato Cipullo. She charts the course of Cipullo’s career, from David Webb and Tiffany, to Cartier and finally his own company, and shows the depth and breadth of his talent, the richness of his influences and inspirations, the full range and scope of his designs, highlighting how he captured the spirit, energy and social and cultural revolution of New York in the 1970s.

Speaker: Vivienne Becker


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Meet the author of...Cipullo - Making Jewelry Modern / Librairie Bernard Letu - booth B10

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Author: Vivienne Becker

MARINA B / Mezzanine

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This talk will introduce Marina B striking jewels, undoubtedly among the most iconic designs of the 1980s designed by Marina Bulgari Spaccarelli – a member of the Bulgari family and one of the most outstanding 20th century female high jewellery designer. The genesis of Marina B designs, her innovations and her legacy will be explored and explained. Marina Bulgari’s courage in leaving her paternal established family business, her fascinating and successful professional life, her determination as a world class athlete coupled with personal tragedy, will fascinate and inform the audience.

Speaker: Amanda Triossi


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À la découverte des bijoux Art déco / Mezzanine

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

En 1925, se tient à Paris l’Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, accueillant 21 pays et 15 000 exposants. Cet événement majeur va relancer les industries du luxe et asseoir un style que l’on nommera plus tard « Art déco », en hommage à cette exposition. Si Paris a été le lieu de développement de cette tendance, ses inspirations et son succès se diffuseront à l’international. La décoration des ambassades françaises à l’étranger ou celle des grands transatlantiques vont propager un style fabuleux, de New York à Marrakech, de Rio à Shanghai… Venez découvrir les sources de l’Art déco, un style que la joaillerie a adopté avec bonheur dans l’entre-deux-guerres et qui continue de nous passionner aujourd’hui.

Speakers: L’Ecole – Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, Antique Jewelry Specialist and Conferences Project Manager at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts & Inezita Gay-Eckel, Jewelry Historian and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts


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5
Nov

Understanding Art Deco Jewels / Mezzanine

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In 1925, the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts was held in Paris, welcoming 21 countries and 15,000 exhibitors. This major event revived luxury industries and established a style that would later be called “Art Deco”, in homage to this exhibition. If Paris was the place of development of this trend, its inspirations and its success would spread internationally. The decoration of French embassies abroad or that of the great transatlantic cruise ships would spread a fabulous style, from New York to Marrakech, from Rio to Shanghai… Come and discover the sources of Art Deco, a style that jewelry happily adopted between the two World Wars and which continues to fascinate us today.

Speakers: L’Ecole – Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, Antique Jewelry Specialist and Conferences Project Manager at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts & Inezita Gay-Eckel, Jewelry Historian and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts


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Anna Bolena : Réécrire la Renaissance / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

De l’épouse d’Henry VIII, exécutée en 1536 à ses représentations contemporaines, en passant par l’opéra de Donizetti, la figure d’Anne Boleyn a traversé les âges et gagné le statut d’icône.
Comment l’image de celle dont on n’a que des représentations posthumes – le fameux portrait au « collier initiale » – nous parle du rapport de notre société à la séduction, au pouvoir et à l’affirmation de soi ?
De la cour d’Henry VIII à la scène du Grand Théâtre de Genève, du bijou Renaissance aux chaînes des rappeurs, Vanessa Cron (historienne du bijou), Valentina Brugnatelli (designer de bijoux) et Clara Pons (Dramaturge du Grand Théâtre de Genève) vous entraîneront sur les traces de cette femme du passé dont l’ombre a réussi à traverser les siècles, et à habiter le monde contemporain.

Speakers: Vanessa Cron, Valentina Brugnatelli, Clara Pons, Sabryna Pierre (Modératrice), en partenariat avec le Grand Théâtre de Genève


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La gemmologie face aux défis sociétaux, environnementaux et scientifiques / Mezzanine

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Traçabilité et durabilité sont au centre des nouvelles exigences de l’horlogerie et la joaillerie.
Cette table ronde offre une occasion d’examiner les aspects les plus importants de la chaîne de valeur des matières premières précieuses. Les intervenants de ce forum devraient parler des progrès réalisés, discuter des obstacles et des lacunes qui existent ainsi que des solutions innovantes pour les surmonter.

L’auditoire sera encouragé à prendre part aux débats à travers des questions et des commentaires.
Speakers: Association Gemmologie & Francophonie – Aurelien Delaunay, Jean-Pierre Chalain, Faye Caris, Karin Schmoker, Sandjah Kaouté et Franck Paucod – L’animation sera faite par Boris Chauviré, Chloé Picard, Marie Chabrol, Martial Bonnet


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Meet the authors of Black Opal, Only from Australia / Librairie Bernard Letu – booth B10

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Speakers: Margaux Allaire, Cloé Wetzstein, Laurent Decque

Touch & Feel / Lounge

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No better way to understand jewellery than to touch it! Come and have an up-close look at some of the beautiful jewels at GemGenève, experiencing the craftsmanship, looking for maker’s marks, feeling the shapes and volumes or identifying the stylistic periods.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron

6
Nov

Importance of Creativity in Art, Jewellery Design and Brand Communications / Mezzanine

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Creativity helps us see things differently, develop a unique sense of style and stand apart from the competition. This distinctive viewpoint can often be seen in jewellery design, photography, and the way brands communicate their USP. In this talk moderated by jewellery expert and brand consultant, Katerina Perez, you will learn how to apply creativity to your business and how to come up with original ideas.

Speaker: Katerina Perez


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‘Styling jewellery: The 20th Century’ / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Flipping through fashion magazines, let’s see how jewellery has been presented, worn and styled decades after decades, from 1900 to 2000. A complete timeline on the evolution of jewellery designs, fashion and styles, from the opulent Belle Epoque to the flashy 1990s.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron


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Jewels in Italian Renaissance Paintings / Mezzanine

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The talk will provide an overview of jewels depicted in Italian portraits during the 1400 and 1500. Portraits of this period provide an invaluable record of jewellery of the time as little of it has survived, they illustrate the fashionable types of ornaments that range from lavish gem-encrusted hairnets to bejewelled furs known as zibellini. Furthermore, especially in the 1400 the majority of important painters, such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Verrocchio were trained also as goldsmiths hence the accuracy in the depiction of the jewels due to their intimate familiarity with the jewelled arts. Their appreciation for jewels led these artists to depict abundantly also jewels in religious subject paintings. The differences and similarities between those depicted in secular images will be explored and explained, unveiling some secrets.

Speaker: Amanda Triossi


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The Gemstone Market: A Historical Perspective / Mezzanine

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The gem and jewellery industry has seen great change, development, and most recently, upheaval. Markets have experienced both growth and fluctuation on a massive scale and sale results have remained hot discussion points.

Yet so often pricing is only ever discussed without a larger context. Much of our price and value knowledge comes from recent, living memory, but what do we know about gem pricing in the recent and even distant past? How have we got to where they we are today, compared with a hundred, or more, years ago; how has our concept of prices and value changed? This talk will address the importance of history, historical examples and models, with special references to ruby in particular, and investigate shifts in the gem market from the perspective of the bigger picture.

Speaker: Helen Molesworth


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Touch & Feel / Lounge

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No better way to understand jewellery than to touch it! Come and have an up-close look at some of the beautiful jewels at GemGenève, experiencing the craftsmanship, looking for maker’s marks, feeling the shapes and volumes or identifying the stylistic periods.

Speaker: Vanessa Cron

7
Nov

Meet the author of… Bijoux anciens (1800 – 1950) Découvrir, Identifier et apprécier / Librairie Bernard Letu – Booth B10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Le livre « Bijoux anciens (1800 – 1950). Découvrir, identifier et apprécier » est paru aux éditions Flammarion en partenariat avec l’Institut National de Gemmologie en mai 2021. Il est enrichi d’une préface de Victoire de Castellane.

Cet ouvrage illustré présente de manière didactique l’évolution des bijoux en France, du Consulat aux années 1950. Pour la première fois, un livre pratique en français donne toutes les informations utiles sur le bijou ancien. Il propose plusieurs entrées : par période avec, pour chacune, ses sources d’inspiration et ses caractéristiques : par gemmes et matériaux ou par type de bijoux, du diadème à la bague.
Complété par un panorama des maisons et artistes qui ont marqué la joaillerie depuis 1800 et par des conseils pour acheter et entretenir ses bijoux, cet ouvrage, unique en son genre, apporte les clés pour découvrir le monde du bijou ancien.

Speakers: Geoffray Riondet and Gérard Panczer

How socio-cultural trends impact jewelry design and the world of gems / Mezzanine

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The fields of jewelry and gems have always been part of larger shifts in culture. Forecasting requires a wide scope to encompass cultural, economic and technological issues that have an impact on consumers’ choices and spending habits. Mega trends cross industry lines because they involve shifts in lifestyles, reflecting changes in generational cohorts, or mirroring cycles in the economy.
The talk will focus on the in-depth analysis of why and how mega trends influence the latest creations in jewelry as well the reasons behind the preference for specific stones and cuts. It will offer a pragmatic approach towards the understanding of the notion of “Zeitgeist” and the key role it plays in the evolution of jewelry design, jewelry manufacturing as well as the jewelry and gem industry.

Speaker: Donatella Zappieri


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