Published: 28.10.2019
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Maria Rosa Franzin


AGC, Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, is a non-profit organization that was created to develop and promote the art of contemporary jewellery meant as: Artistic research; Renewal of the concept of ornament; Experimenting with new materials and technologies; Protection, study and updating of historical heritage made up of know-how and abilities.
AGC was founded in Trieste in June 2004 by a group of professionals to create new opportunities for the development and qualification of contemporary jewellery, aiming to promote a constructive and synergistic dialogue with the artistic and productive scenes on an international level.

AGC encourages and supports all initiatives aimed at the exchange of information, experimentation, training, establishing of connections among the members, both online through the community and in practice through work groups that freely get together to carry out projects, produce documents and develop specific themes.
AGC acts according to ethics that respect the individual and the environment, following a conceptual methodology dedicated to the improvement of the quality through the collation and study of results.

Progetto Fondazione Cominelli Award
The Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewelry was born with the aim of creating greater recognition and appreciation for contemporary art jewelry. The Cominelli Foundation has made it possible to realize a project that combines together the Foundation’s desire to act as an important representative within certain sectors of the applied arts and the goal of AGC, Contemporary Jewelery Association, to promote and spread the knowledge of art jewelry. The first edition of the Award 2010 was part of a larger project, which led to the display of a Permanent Collection of Contemporary Jewelry at the Cominelli Foundation. This is one of the newest proposals in the Italian context, and it demonstrates the willingness to undertake a path which is culturally challenging, but also effective in establishing positive synergies in order to expand the knowledge of Italian contemporary jewelry and its role within an international context. Similarities and differences within this dialogue can stimulate the interest even of a non-specialist audience. The Cominelli Foundation has also opened the participation to International students from public and private schools with addresses in jewelry arts, contemporary jewelry and design. A section of the Cominelli Foundation Project for contemporary jewelry is dedicated to teaching in national and international public and private schools. The aim is to present and compare the different training programs within the field of jewelry art, as well as the different orientations, from design to arts and crafts training, in order to highlight the peculiarities of each reality.


AGC's activities are organised by the Executive Committee, presently formed by:

Maria Rosa Franzin, Chairman:
Gigi Mariani, Vice-Chairman:
Nichka Marobin, Treasurer:
Stefano Rossi, Secretary:
Chiara Scarpitti, Project management:
Corrado De Meo, Advisor
Caterina Zanca, Communication
Andrea Lombardo, Webmaster

How to become a member of AGC:
We welcome subscriptions from jewellers, designers, educators, students, gallery owners, museum curators, critics and collectors - indeed, anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery.
Fill-in the on-line subscription form and make payment of the fee by bank transfer.

Activities      View / hide description

Events      View / hide events

Open call  10 Jan 2020 - 05 Mar 2020  Open Call for Gioielli in Fermento Award 2020 10th edition.
Exhibition  07 Nov 2019 - 03 Jan 2020  Connections/Connessioni.
Award  12 May 2019 - 31 May 2019  Gioielli in Fermento Award 2019 9th edition.
Open call  30 Dec 2018 - 22 Feb 2019  Open Call for Gioielli in Fermento Award 2019 9th edition.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018  7 artists for 7 days 2018.
Award  13 May 2018 - 28 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th edition.
Exhibition  13 May 2018 - 27 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Exhibition.
Exhibition  02 Mar 2018 - 09 Mar 2018  16 Metriquadri per Udine Design Week.
Open call  20 Dec 2017 - 18 Feb 2018  Open Call for Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th Edition.
Open call  15 Dec 2017 - 18 Mar 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award Special Edition 2018.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017  AGC Members at Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2017.
Exhibition  31 Oct 2017 - 24 Nov 2017  Presenze e Assenze by Corrado de Meo and Fabio Peloso.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2017 - 03 Nov 2017  Camera Lucida. International Contemporary Jewelry Contest.
Fair  05 Oct 2017 - 07 Oct 2017  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2017.
Exhibition  24 Sep 2016 - 05 Nov 2016  DIALOGHI: Italy - Japan.
Workshop  09 May 2016 - 10 May 2016  Re-writing your own script continues.
Exhibition  08 May 2016 - 22 May 2016  Gioielli In ...Fermento 2016.
Award  29 Aug 2015 - 04 Oct 2015  Cominelli Foundation Award 2015.
Exhibition  03 Jul 2015 - 11 Jul 2015  Dialogues Italy-Japan.
Exhibition  03 May 2015 - 20 May 2015  Gioielli In ...Fermento 2015.
Fair  09 Oct 2014 - 11 Oct 2014  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2014.
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Award  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award 2014.
Exhibition  04 May 2014 - 22 May 2014  Gioielli In ...Fermento.
Book presentation  01 Sep 2009 - 01 Dec 2009  Presentation Giornale agc: Issue # 3.
Book presentation  01 Jun 2008 - 01 Sep 2008  Presentation Giornale agc: Issue # 2.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  JOYA 2016 Catalogue. Le DepartementLe Departement:  Barcelona,  2016
Book:  Gioielli in...fermento 2014. La Vigna delle Arti:  Ziano Piacentino,  2014
Book:  Senza Confini. VV.AAL'AGC,Associazone Gioiello Contemporaneo:  Udine,  2008