Chain as the most versatile jewel in the history of jewellery where craftsmanship, creativity and manufacturing intersect, organized by Alba Cappellieri.

 Vicenza, 25th October 2017 – On 27th October next, the new temporary exhibition “Precious Links. The chain between function and ornament” at the Museo del Gioiello jewellery museum in Vicenza will be opened to the public.

Open until 25th March 2018, “Precious Links. The chain between function and ornament” will be displaying a wide selection of chains, considered as the most common and versatile element in the history of jewellery. This exhibition presents 80 chains that, from the end of the eighteenth century to present day, have inspired every jewellery context and represent the strength and identity of Italian manufacturing, especially in the Veneto Region and Tuscany, from industrial semi-processed goods to valuable artisan work. A fascinating itinerary that shows how extraordinary jewellery, capable of uniting the past and future in the name of creativity, beauty and innovation, can be brought to life by a simple functional element.

For Alba Cappellieri, the exhibition curator and Professor of Jewellery Design at Milan Polytechnic, «The chain tightens, binds, supports, decorates, englobes universal symbology and alludes to the fascinating idea of circularity. It is an ornament with no boundaries, neither in time nor geography, which has passed through the history of customs, art, jewellery and fashion. Chains traditionally have a double interpretation: signs of human slavery make up their negative meaning while on the positive side, they represent beauty and social prestige and, as such, they have been used by the greatest painters in the history of art to symbolize universal values like honour, loyalty and love“.

The Exhibition displays an important selection of chains made in Veneto, which, since Renaissance times, has been a leading chain manufacturing barycentre. Since the time of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, chains have expressed the area’s ability to create fashionable chains of excellent quality and technical complexity.

In this fascinating itinerary that takes the visitor on a journey through time during which historical chains from nineteenth and twentieth century Vicenza and Veneto tradition, either handcrafted or industrially-made, can be admired together with contemporary chains produced by leading jewellery companies (Fope, Franco Pianegonda, Marco Bicego, Mattioli, Nanis, Pasquale Bruni, Pesavento, Pomellato, Roberto Coin, Unoaerre, Vendorafa Lombarda, Vhernier), testifying the wealth of Made in Italy jewellery, and chains designed by famous Italian designers (Giampaolo Babetto, Francesca Braga Rosa, Emma Francesconi, Stefania Lucchetta, Stefano Marchetti, Carla Riccoboni, Barbara Uderzo, Daniela Vettori, Alberta Vita), who have seen an element for research and experimentation in this simple element.

Thanks to the creativity and manufacturing ability of our companies, chains have become icons of style, beauty and Italian savoir faire.

The “Precious Links. The chain between function and ornament” Exhibition in Vicenza in a one-of-a-kind Museum in Italy, aims to pay tribute to this artistic element and manufacture as an object that testifies the creativity and productive capacity of Italy and  the Veneto gold district. The Museo del Gioiello, jewellery museum, the first in Italy and one of only a few in the world dedicated exclusively to jewellery, is the result of IEG’s effort, in partnership with Vicenza Council, to promote the cultural universe of Italian gold and jewellery manufacture, sectors in which Italian Exhibition Group is recognized as a global player thanks to its international VICENZAORO Show.

Information about the Museo del Gioiello and the temporary exhibition is available on the website:

Exhibition: from 27th October 2017 to 25th March 2018

Museo del Gioiello opening times: Tuesday to Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

Tickets: Full price Euro 6.00, reduced price Euro 4.00

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