PREZIOSA 2017. Florence Jewellery Week. Connecting worlds. Artistic research, crafts, design, new technologies.

Meeting  /  24 May 2017  -  28 May 2017
Published: 21.02.2017
PREZIOSA 2017. Florence Jewellery Week. Connecting worlds. Artistic research, crafts, design, new technologies..
Le Arti Orafe
Giò Carbone
Giò Carbone, Anna Balatti

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Preziosa is a cultural project, an annual exhibition dedicated to Contemporary Jewellery.

Every year the artistic approach to the complex subject of jewellery is explored through a specific concept and with the selection of artists from the international scene.
The project, imagined, managed and coordinated by LAO - Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School in Florence, started in 2005, and has quickly become one of the worldwide most important events devoted to contemporary jewellery.

Preziosa can be considered as an explorative path always in motion.

The aims

Tradition, artistic research, new technologies
Dialogue and the confrontation between tradition and contemporary research in jewellery are the focus of the FJW 2017 project.
The exhibitions and all the other moments in the programme will place the emphasis on the interactions between tradition and artistic research, manual skills and new technologies, and between the different meanings and symbolical values that jewellery can take on in different cultural and geographical environments.
From a technical point of view, in recent years the experimental space has greatly expanded, partially thanks to the creative freedom offered by new technologies and the use of new materials.
From a formal point of view, the outlines of artistic research and craftsmanship overlapping, to produce new creative perspectives.
The exhibitions, the invited artists, the lectures and workshops in the programme will follow the main thread of these hybrids, which can be explored in all directions without any prejudice.

The content and general architecture of the project

FJW is the container for various events dedicated to the cultural aspects, the symbology and meaning which jewellery has always been bearers.

The project includes:
Exhibitions by contemporary artists from various countries;
Lectures and presentations;
Workshops led by invited artists/lecturers/curators.

Other sections dealing with PREZIOSA 2017
Craftsmanship and Cultural identity
The current socio-economic conditions, the forced and unavoidable globalisation and the changes in traditions and contemporary cultural conceptions are producing a new generation of craftspeople/artists, nomads, multitasking, eternally connected and competent users of the most innovative technologies.
FJW will host some of these new creators, selected through an international competition.
Our identity. The value of art and crafts of our time
In vast areas of the world crafts activities are still intimately connected with the lives of people and their communities, and maintains an active role in the transmitting and safeguarding the cultural values of those peoples. These riches and peculiarities are a human heritage and should be protected.
FJW will host some exhibitions of traditional jewellery/goldsmithery from areas that are culturally and geographically distant from the European continent.

Invited Artists and Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibition


Groups and curated exhibition



  •  Featuring: Petra Hölscher, Curator of Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum at Pinakothek der Moderne.München, Germany


Exhibitions and workshops by craftsmen and artisans from Florence will be presented during Sunday 28th

Management team:

Giò Carbone, general coordinator and concept
Anna Balatti, founding, administration, logistics

Patronages, collaborations and sponsors:

Presidency of the Italian Republic.
Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.
Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
Tuscany Region.
City of Florence.
Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
Banca Intesa Sanpaolo, Firenze
Chamber of Commerce of Florence.
OMA, Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte, Florence, Italy.
ELIA. Art Schools Association.
IED, Istituto di Europeo di Design.
Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany.
Ermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Inhorgenta Fair Munich, Germany.
Ganjam Nagappa & Son, Bangalore, India.
KLIMT02, Barcelona, Spain.
Associazione Amici di Boboli, Florence, Italy.
Amici Museo dell’Ermitage, Florence, Italy.
The Twocites Gallery, Shanghai, China.
ARK Sign, Florence, Italy.



All the events will be hosted in the “Oltrarno Fiorentino” area

Opening evening
24 May 6.00 PM                                      
Bellini Museum, Lungarno Soderini, 5. Florence
Exhibition, dates and venues                    
25-28 May, 9.00 - 18.00                                           
Bellini Museum, Lungarno Soderini, 5. Florence
Palazzo Coveri Gallery, Lungarno Guicciardini 19, Florence
Botticelli Gallery, Via Maggio, 39. Florence
LAO-Le Arti Orafe, Via dei Serragli 104, Florence

25-28 May, 9.00 - 18.00 h
LAO laboratories. Via dei Serragli 104, Florence

26-27  May, 11.00 - 13.00 h / 14.30 - 18.00 h
Sala Consiliare, Santo Spirito Church Cloister. Santo Spirito square, Florence
Artisans demonstrations
28 May, 11.00 - 18.00                                             
LAO open space, Via dei Serragli 104, Florence

Reception and meeting point
25-28 May, 11.00 - 18.00                                             
LAO in Palazzo Capponi. Via Michelozzi 2, Firenze

>> The updating programme will be published at  and

LAO - Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School

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