Open Call 2020|21

Gioielli in Fermento 20|21

Open call for established and emerging artists and designers, to present a theme work of experimental jewellery, still unreleased (*).


Villa Braghieri

Castel San Giovanni, Piacenza, Italy


Deadline : February 23. 2020 January 31. 2021
Opening and Award ceremony :  Spring / Summer 2021
Weekdays by appointment : tbd – soon updating



The city of Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza) in collaboration with AGC Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, will host the 2020 Edition of the contemporary jewellery competition linked to the cultural and artistic context of Val Tidone Valley. Getting inspiration from a typical landscape of the Emilia region, the curatorial project extends every year to its international audience of passionates and experts in the field of research in jewellery.


Theme of the competition:

Affinamento ed evoluzione 


Carrying forward with the connection between wine and studio jewellery and using the words of wine, Gioielli in Fermento X (the 10th Edition) suggests the concept of maturity and evolution coming from the pathway of each author’s research.

Moreover, it’s time for a reflection. How did all this ferment get into ten years of exhibitions and tales about our relationship with the lively context that surround us ?

We dealt with conviviality, landscapes, quality of life, Mediterranean shades, memories, colours, emotions, roots, territories and materials.
How far ahead are we with the way to express and interpret ornaments? What are the next steps approaching the field of research jewellery ?

where are we going ? towards the unknown or the refinement of skills, near freestyle performance or maturation of practise and aging ?

Answers are up to You, designer, artist, contemporary goldsmith, researcher, expert craftman or student.

Once more the metaphorical tasting will be evoked, thanks to the authentic contribution of the works selected (**) by the jury and shown in the next collection.

For 10 years, the main focus of the competition has been inspired by the chemical phenomenon of fermentation as the metaphor underlining the evolutionary aspect of contemporary experimental jewellery, which represents a crossroads between individual research paths and international collective atmospheres. A piece of jewellery is the result of a pure fermenting process.

The general context of the project Gioielli in Fermento, as it to say about the term fermentation, ideally refers to a suitably “transformed” result, an art jewellery piece, which constitutes the outcome of the research itself, linked to phases of preparation, experimentation, quality determination.
Apart from the chemical phenomenon, which has a precise role in the world of wine, over the years we have tried to investigate this concept more and more by putting it in relation with the world of contemporary body ornaments.

At the turn of the X Edition, the theme, from fermentation, leads to Aging and Evolution with the purpose of communicating something even more accomplished and beyond the inherent state of maturation.

The winning work will express a singular creative energy, that original individuality of research studio jewellery that represents the idea of contemporary fermento (restlessness, excitement, trepidation, upheaval …) through the maturity of the path, experienced by its author.

Artists will present an ornament for the body (***) challenging the theme, evoking descriptive or conceptual traits according to their own inspiration.
The unquestionable choice of the jury will respect the essence of the work and its consistency within the collection that will be put on display for the 10th anniversary of Gioielli in Fermento.

Eliana Negroni
Founder and director of Gioielli in Fermento


(*) unreleased: unprecedented work – the final award will be contingent upon the distinguished factor of the work to be new, never seen or published before
(**) evaluation elements: balanced combination of concept, form, individual character, harmony with the body, structure, freshness in use or accuracy of making techniques
(***) body ornament: necklace, pendant, brooch, ring, earrings, other wearable ornaments (clothing excluded)


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Thanks to
ALLIED Group – Castel San Giovanni, Piacenza
 Archivio Negroni – Milano
JOYA Art Jewellery and Objects – Barcelona
LAO Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School – Firenze
SPV – Borgonovo Val Tidone, Piacenza

Città di Castel San Giovanni
(Piacenza, Italy)