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Programme 2022

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, GemGeneve fosters debate through talks and encourages new generations to Learn & Discover.

5
May

Gouaché workshop - Diamond / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

11:30 am - 12:30 am

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program.
All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.

 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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How to enhance the value of Jewellery heritage? / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The interest in jewelry heritage is increasingly shared. Since the 1980s, the major jewelry houses have begun to think about how to highlight the treasures contained in their archives, build a collection of vintage pieces, and develop links with museums and cultural institutions.
 
Given the enthusiasm of the public, the last twenty years have seen the appearance of many initiatives: courses and training, publication of books and organization of exhibitions…
This panel discussion, which brings together specialists from different backgrounds, aims to discuss the value of jewelry heritage today.
 
Speakers: Vivienne Becker, Amanda Triossi, Vanessa Cron, Juliet de la Rochefoucauld
 
Comment valoriser le patrimoine joaillier ?
L’intérêt pour le patrimoine joaillier est de plus en plus partagé. Depuis les années 1980, les grandes maisons de joaillerie ont commencé à réfléchir sur la façon de mettre en valeur les trésors que renfermaient leurs archives, bâtir une collection de pièces anciennes et développer des liens avec les musées et les institutions culturelles.
 
Devant l’enthousiasme du public, les vingt dernières années ont vu l’apparition de nombreuses initiatives : cours et formations publication de livres et organisation d’expositions…
Cette table ronde, qui réunit des spécialistes de différents horizons, a pour objectif d’échanger sur la valorisation du patrimoine joaillier aujourd’hui.


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Gouaché workshop - Turquoise / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program.
All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.
 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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New Book - GEM ADDICTS - Hidden human stories from Africa by Richa Goyal Sikri / Mezzanine

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In the last 100 years, the discovery of gemstones across the African continent have changed the course of the coloured gemstone industry. For the past two years, journalist and storyteller, Richa Goyal Sikri has been interviewing known and unknown figures in the industry and writing adventure stories based on their experiences and actual events.
 
The objective? To document moments from the industry’s Africa related history that have remained hidden within personal stories, and to create a collection of stories that would educate while entertaining.
 
Join us for a very special session with RICHA who will be speaking for the first time about this project, sharing the story behind the book, and provide the audience with an exclusive teaser of this yet to be released publication, only at GemGenève.
 
Speaker: Richa Goyal Sikri


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Touch & Feel / GemGenève office N°B66

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


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L'Art de la Glyptique / Mezzanine

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Si l’Homme a utilisé des pierres comme éléments de parure depuis la nuit des temps, il a aussi toujours essayé de les apprivoiser, de les dompter, de les posséder intimement. La gravure, la sculpture sur pierres est un acte fort pour laisser une empreinte, transmettre un message, maitriser une partie de la puissance de la Nature.
 
Le glypticien exerce l’art de graver, entailler, sculpter les pierres gemmes. Matières et techniques s’unissent dans la main de l’artiste. Bouteroles et forets, dureté et motifs des gemmes, intailles, camées et sculptures… Découvrez avec nous quelques-uns des secrets d’atelier.
 
Dans le cadre de l’exposition « Pierres gravées : Camées, intailles et bagues de la collection Guy Ladrière » qui se tiendra à L’École des Arts Joailliers à Paris du 12 mai au 1er octobre 2022, Philippe Nicolas, Maitre d’Art graveur et sculpteur sur pierres de la Maison Cartier, et Olivier Segura, Gemmologue et Directeur Scientifique à L’École des Arts Joailliers discuteront de l’art unique de la glyptique.
 
Speakers: L’Ecole (Philippe Nicolas et Olivier Segura)


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6
May

Gouaché workshop - Ruby / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

11:30 am - 12:30 am

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program.
All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.
 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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The Glyptic Arts / Mezzanine

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If Man has used stones as elements of adornment since the dawn of time, he has also always tried to tame and to possess them intimately. Engraving, stone carving is a strong act to leave an imprint, to transmit a message, to master part of the power of Nature.
 
The glyptician exercises the art of engraving, cutting, sculpting gemstones. Materials and techniques unite in the hand of the artist. Bouteroles and drills, hardness and patterns of gems, intaglios, cameos and sculptures… Discover some of the workshop secrets with us.
 
As part of the exhibition “Engraved Gems: Cameos, intaglios and rings from the Guy Ladrière Collection” to be held at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts in Paris from May 12 to October 1, 2022, Philippe Nicolas, Master of Art, engraver and stone sculptor from Maison Cartier, and Olivier Segura, Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts will discuss the unique art of glyptics.
 
Speakers: L’Ecole (Philippe Nicolas et Olivier Segura)


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Enamel: the art of fire & colour / Mezzanine

1:30 am - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Juliet de la Rochefoucauld, modératrice (auteure), Anita Porchet (émailleuse professionnelle reconnue), Pauline d’Abrigeon (conservatrice, Fondation Baur), Estelle Fallet (conservatrice, MAH), Nathalie Marielloni (conservatrice, MIH)


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Gouaché workshop - Alligator leather / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program.
All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.
 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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New Modernism – 1920s-2020s The Modernist Movement in Jewels / Mezzanine

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

As we settle into the 2020s, 100 years after the original Modern Movement, there are signs of a new modernist approach to jewellery design; graphic compositions of form, line, colour and texture, often made possible by new high-tech materials and techniques.
 
In this talk, jewellery historian Vivienne Becker, curator of the Designer Vivarium, traces the Modernist movement in jewellery from the 1920s to today, with a look at the work of contemporary individual designer-jewellers on show in this year’s Designer Vivarium.
 
Speaker: Vivienne Becker


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Meet the author of... Women Jewellery Designers / Librairie Bernard Letu - n°B57

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Women Jewellery Designers: This sumptuous book showcases the work of women jewellers in the twentieth century. Beginning with Arts & Crafts jewellers in Britain, Europe and North America, the author then examines the key figures and movements of the pre-war period including Coco Chanel’s legendary ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ exhibition of 1932, the designs of Suzanne Belperron and the roles of Jeanne Toussaint at Cartier and Renée Puissant at Van Cleef & Arpels.
 
From the 1950s to the present day, a wide range of international designers are examined in detail with many examples of their work clearly illustrated. The author focuses on themes associated with jewellery, including colour, light, proportion, nature and legends.
 
Among the many names included are Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe (designer for Georg Jensen), Margaret De Patta, Wendy Ramshaw, Angela Cummings, Paloma Picasso, Marina B, Lydia Courteille and Michelle Ong.
 
Speaker: Juliet de la Rochefoucauld

La couleur en gemmologie : nature et culture / Mezzanine

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

La couleur est un des critères majeurs lorsque l’humain essaie de décrire la beauté. C’est d’autant plus vrai en gemmologie où la couleur peut même définir des variétés (e.g rubis pour le corindon rouge).
Certaines couleurs sont même devenues des symboles de l’excellence (Pigeon Blood, Padparacha).
Pendant cette table ronde, le but est d’évaluer l’importance de la couleur dans la gemmologie, autant pour l’évaluation sur le marché que pour sa définition scientifique.
 
Table ronde : Association Gemmologie et Francophonie
Modérateur : Boris Chauviré, docteur en géologie
Intervenants : Féodor Blumentritt (gemmologue GemTechlab), Jean-Pierre Chalain (SSEF), Marie Chabrol (enseignante, Institut de Bijouterie de Saumur), Céline-Rose David (Experte et docteur en histoire), Hélène Robert (HER jewels).

 


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The Glyptic Arts / Mezzanine

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

If Man has used stones as elements of adornment since the dawn of time, he has also always tried to tame and to possess them intimately. Engraving, stone carving is a strong act to leave an imprint, to transmit a message, to master part of the power of Nature.
 
The glyptician exercises the art of engraving, cutting, sculpting gemstones. Materials and techniques unite in the hand of the artist. Bouteroles and drills, hardness and patterns of gems, intaglios, cameos and sculptures… Discover some of the workshop secrets with us.
 
As part of the exhibition “Engraved Gems: Cameos, intaglios and rings from the Guy Ladrière Collection” to be held at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts in Paris from May 12 to October 1, 2022, Philippe Nicolas, Master of Art, engraver and stone sculptor from Maison Cartier, and Olivier Segura, Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts will discuss the unique art of glyptics.
 
Speakers: L’Ecole (Philippe Nicolas et Olivier Segura)


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7
May

Gouaché workshop - Diamond / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program. All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.
 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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The Value in African Gems / Mezzanine

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

As the flow of coloured gemstones from traditional deposits has reduced to a trickle, Africa has emerged as the primary source of gemstones feeding our voracious appetite for colour.
 
However, when we look at the price of a precious gem with an Africa tag, it continues to be ranked below better known sources such as Colombia, Myanmar (Burma), Ceylon, Brazil, Kashmir.
Join us for an in-depth discussion related to gemstones from Africa. We shall discuss African gem history, important discoveries, factors that influence value appreciation, supply, demand, and distribution.
 
Speakers: Richa Goyal Sikri, Dharmendra Tank, David Nassi, David Bennett, Tony Brooke.


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Private visit of the Grand Théâtre de Genève

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Let’s join at the opera house of Geneva (Grand Théâtre de Genève), partner of GemGenève since 2020, for a private visit!
 
Retrouvons-nous au Grand Théâtre de Genève pour une visite privée de cette maison d’opéra, partenaire de GemGenève depuis 2020 !


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Instagram & TikTok workshop by CREA school / Booth D56

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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#ILOVEJEWELLERY / Mezzanine

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

During this panel discussion, 5 jewellery experts come together to explore the emotional connection we have to jewellery and its effect on people. Speakers will unpack why we are so drawn to jewellery, and how it is cherished by societies across the globe throughout the centuries – even through the toughest times!
 
If you are passionate about jewellery and want to learn more about why and how, then this is the perfect panel for you. You can expect to hear what experts consider when choosing a piece of jewellery for purchase, why jewellery shopping remains strong both off and online, what designers consider when creating a perfect jewel and how wearing jewellery evokes emotion.
 
Join us and discover what is it about jewellery that triggers deep feelings of passion, sentimentality, and awe that we are always chasing in the jewellery industry!
 
Speakers: Katerina Perez, Frédéric Mané, Antonio Seijo, Olga Brovchuk and Vivienne Becker.


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Meet the author of... Understanding: 20th Century Jewellery / Librairie Bernard Letu - n°B57

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Understanding Jewellery, by authors David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, is often described as the must-have jewelry book of our time – a ‘Bible’ in the jewelry trade. First published in 1989, it has remained in print ever since, amassing a loyal following of devotees who admire its detailed information and stunning imagery.
 
In this new work, Bennett and Mascetti have taken the original concept of Understanding Jewellery a stage further. Now, with the benefit of 20 years of hindsight, they have concentrated on the 20th century alone by conducting a detailed survey of each decade, identifying the key players, trends and movements.
 
The book is an encyclopaedic history of the various forms, techniques and materials employed by the companies and individuals who defined jewelry in the 20th century.
 
Most significantly, this book includes a new set of photographs, which make Understanding Jewellery: The Twentieth Century one of the most dazzling, absorbing and varied collections of jewelry images ever assembled in a book.
 
This large format hardback volume is a perfect gift for all lovers of jewellery and the definitive guide for those who desire a deeper understanding of the subject.
 
Speakers: David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti

The Necklace, from Antiquity to the Present / Mezzanine

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This talk is informative but at the same time it is an entertaining presentation which will introduce the audience to the stylistic development of the necklace.
 
The lecture will touch upon the origin in the Western world of the necklace and then focus on more recent times.
This overview will enable the audience not only to appreciate the extraordinary stylistic development of the necklace which is linked largely to the changes of fashion but also it will enable jewellery amateurs to appreciate all aspects that determine the value of a particular jewelled ornament.
 
The talk will be presented with exciting visual material which illustrates not only jewels but also the wearers as seen in contemporary portraiture, famous paintings and in fashion photography.
 
Speaker: Amanda Triossi

 


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8
May

Gouaché workshop - Ruby / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program. All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.
 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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Meet the author of... Gems, Colours & Wild Stories: 175 years of Constantin Wild / Librairie Bernard Letu - n°B57

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Founded in Idar-Oberstein in 1847, the company Constantin Wild has left its mark on the world of gemstones like barely any other enterprise. For its 175th anniversary, Constantin Wild, great-grandson of the company’s founder, has been out on the trail of history.
 
He now takes us back to the beginnings of the Wild family, which looks back on a tradition of 400 years of artistic stonecutting and also in the trading of one-of-a-kind gemstones.
 
Travel with him around the globe on the quest for the most beautiful and rarest stones. Discover sublime items of jewellery ― a selection of the very best, the zenith of international haute joaillerie.
 
Their beauty begins with the stone, and often enough this begins chez Constantin Wild: without that fine cut, by adept craftsmen and artists, the expressive colour of the gemstone fails to come into its own.
 
Only once it has been subjected to these processes can the gemstone unfold its true character, to reach its final fiery, vivacious brilliance. In this publication, Constantin Wild presents a selection of exceptional gemstones in short vignettes.
 
The opulently designed publication Gems, Colours & Wild Stories is an homage to and an affirmation of love for the irrepressible diversity of these extremely valuable gemstones.
 
Speaker: Constantin Wild

Les enjeux de l'enseignement en joaillerie / Espace Talks - Lounge

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: HEAD / OFSP / ASMEBI / CFP Arts Genève

Gouaché workshop - Turquoise / Estelle Lagarde - n°C54

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Estelle Lagarde will be happy to welcome our visitors on booth n°C54. She will present an exhibition of her paintings and will make you discover the art of gouache thanks to her online course program.
All the equipment to start your own gouache will be at your disposal on site! By registration only.
 
Speaker: Estelle Lagarde


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Enamelling! Fabergé's best kept secret / Mezzanine

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The art of enamel in Russia is intricately tied to the ancient cultural traditions of the Byzantine Empire, which spread to the territory of Egypt, France, and Italy, becoming the foundation of the technical traditions of enamel art in these countries.
 
Already in the 4th century BC, the Tauric Peninsula was known for golden jewelry produced by artful Greek masters, using filigree and cloisonné techniques. The techniques of the Greeks were inherited and applied at the end of the 19th century by the master artisans of Fabergé, earning golden medals for their brand at the 1882 All-Russia Exhibition in Moscow and the Nuremberg Exposition of 1885.
 
The influx of foreign artisans and teachers from European countries to Russia was encouraged since the times of Peter the Great.
 
Diplomatic ties with France at the beginning of the 19th century – especially during the reign of Alexander III — stimulated cultural exchange between these two allied countries. Such ties were without doubt mutually beneficial and complemented each other.
 
Speakers: Fondation Fabergé – Dr. Bernard Ivaldi and Alexandra Blin Kourbatoff
 
L’émaillage ! Le secret le mieux gardé de Fabergé
L’art de l’émail en Russie est intimement lié aux anciennes traditions culturelles de l’Empire byzantin, qui se sont répandues sur le territoire de l’Égypte, de la France et de l’Italie, devenant le fondement des traditions techniques de l’art de l’émail dans ces pays.
 
Déjà au IVe siècle avant J.-C., la péninsule taurique était connue pour ses bijoux en or produits par des maîtres grecs habiles, utilisant les techniques du filigrane et du cloisonné. Les techniques des Grecs ont été héritées et appliquées à la fin du 19e siècle par les maîtres artisans de Fabergé, qui ont obtenu des médailles d’or pour leur marque lors de l’exposition panrusse de Moscou en 1882 et de l’exposition de Nuremberg en 1885.
 
L’afflux d’artisans et de maîtres étrangers des pays européens en Russie a été encouragé dès l’époque de Pierre le Grand. Les liens diplomatiques avec la France au début du XIXe siècle – notamment sous le règne d’Alexandre III – ont stimulé les échanges culturels entre ces deux pays alliés. Ces liens étaient sans aucun doute mutuellement bénéfiques et se complétaient les uns les autres.


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Meet the author of... Fabergé, a Comprehensive Reference Book / Librairie Bernard Letu - n°B57

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Although over 3’000 books on Carl Fabergé and his works have been published so far, most of their authors were content to repeat systematically the same things and accredit legends and gross errors.
 
Most of these books are based on information provided by Eugène Carlovich Fabergé in the 1930s and also on how it was used by H.C. Bainbridge, the first biographer of Carl Fabergé in 1949. The inability to access essential archival material meant that Fabergé scholars were previously unable to authenticate their work. Letters written by the Tsars, Fabergé’s invoices, Cabinet documents and Bolshevik inventories had all been hidden away within Russia since the Revolution.
 
Furthermore another important and valuable source of information had never been exploited by any Fabergé specialist: namely the Fabergé family papers which comprise documents handed over through four generations.
 
They include rare litterature, the London ledgers, lists of confiscated goods during the Soviet period in Saint Petersbourg and an extremely interesting photographic collection such as the pictures of the amazing silver table service made by Fabergé Moscow for the gold magnate Alexander Kelkh.
 
For over ten years the authors researched the forbidden Russian archives and studied the additional unpublished material to make this remarkable book, supported by a wealth of documentary evidence much of which has never been published before,the first complete and definitive masterpiece to disclose the fascinating history of the House of Fabergé.
 
Speakers: Fondation Fabergé – Dr. Bernard Ivaldi and Alexandra Blin Kourbatoff

Remise de Prix - GemGenève

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

* Public vote and award to the selected HEAD x GTG x GemGenève project, in partnership with SSEF – n°D57
 
* Public vote and award to the selected ETVJ – CFP Arts Geneva project Gender Fluid, in partnership with the SSEF and the Association Romande des Métiers de la Bijouterie (ASMEBI) – n°D55
 
* Eric Horovitz Foundation Award: The Eric Horovitz Foundation will once again reward a student who has participated in the ETVJ-CFP Arts Genève project. The student will be offered personalized support according to his or her professional project (training, assistance in finding an internship or a job, purchase of equipment).

 


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Throughout the exhibition

 

Enamel: the art of fire & colour - D53

   

HEAD x GTG x GemGeneve - D57

A student project, organised in collaboration with the HEAD school of Geneva, the Grand Theatre de Geneve and GemGeneve

   

Gender Fluid - D55

A student project, organised in collaboration with the CFP Arts Geneve, the ETVJ (Ecole Technique de la Vallee de Joux) and ASMEBI