By Tom Wildhern
NAPLES, November 29, 2009 – The 2009 Italian Jewellery Awards celebrated young talent and creativity in jewellery design, innovation and branding, as well as the ingenuity of jewellers in the Campania region, with Stefano Marchetti winning the prize for Best Young Italian Designer.
Stefano Marchetti accepts his award as the best young
Italian jewellery designer 2009
Rising star Sarah Ho, whose style reflects East meets West, won a special UK category, scooping the award for Best Young UK Jewellery Designer.
Established brands also made an impact at the awards, with Bulgari winning the prize for the most innovative Italian brand jewellery communication campaign, and San Lorenzo winning the gong for the most innovative Italian jewellery company.
“The Italian Jewellery Awards are the most important Italian awards in jewellery and jewellery design,” said Riccardo Marone, regional minister for production and tourism for Campania in southern Italy.
“The awarding of prizes aims to be national and international recognition for these artists who deserve greater attention at an international level.”
Campania region sponsored the event, which took place with the patronage of the Vicenza Fair. The awards were organised by Spring Fair 2010/UK Jewellery Awards and Italy’s Universal Marketing. The UK’s Retail Jeweller and Italy’s Vogue Gioiello were media partners.
The second edition of the Italian Jewellery Awards was adjudicated by a distinguished panel of design experts, including Alba Cappellieri of the design faculty of the Politecnico di Milano, and Sarah Carpin, Editor of Retail Jeweller.
CELEBRATION OF YOUNG TALENT
At a glittering gala dinner event on Saturday November 28 in the historic splendour of San Lorenzo Maggiore in the heart of Naples, Stefano Marchetti beat tough competition to win the best young Italian jewellery designer award.
Stefano attended the Pietro Selvatico National Art Institute in Padua in northern Italy, and completed his education at the Institute of Applied Arts, in the department of metal and goldsmith arts, before graduating in 1994 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.
He has won many international competitions, and his works are exhibited in major museums across the world.
Sarah Ho was delighted to win the best young UK jewellery designer award.
“I’m so happy. I just cannot believe it. It really is a dream come true,” Sarah told Jewellery Outlook in an interview. A video clip interview with Sarah will be posted on Jewellery Outlook this week.
“It just really shows that the hard work that we have done is now finally starting to pay off.”
Sarah said she was looking forward to a busy year in 2010, with new collections coming out in gold and silver. Sarah, founder of SHO Fine Jewellery, is a qualified goldsmith and gemmologist.
Specialised in 18k gold and silver jewellery, she uses the finest precious and semi-precious gemstones.
BIG BRANDS WIN TOO
Established international brands had a big impact at the awards, with Rome-based luxury jeweller Bulgari winning the award for the most innovative Italian brand jewellery communication campaign, and Pomellato taking the gong for the most innovative Italian jewellery flagship store.
Bulgari is one of the world stars on the luxury market with a sales network of 250 stores and a product portfolio that includes jewellery, watches, perfumes, accessories, and two hotels in Milan and Bali.
In 2009 Pomellato brought its brand to Monaco and a luxurious mall in Miami, the Bal Harbour. The new Miami boutique has a glass window framed by strips of black marble and “veiled” by a wooden shed screen that allows a glimpse of a very elegant interior.
The Vicenza Fair’s managing director, Domenico Girardi, handed the award for the most innovative Italian jewellery company to San Lorenzo. Founded by Ciro Cacchione in Milan in 1970, San Lorenzo creates exquisite contemporary designs from silver.
Campania’s contribution to the Italian jewellery sector was recognised with the award for best young designer from the Campania region going to Mario Bottiglieri, and the prize for the best jewel made with materials and techniques of Campania jewellery, given to Loffredo.
Mario Bottiglieri is a Neapolitan designer who designs living spaces and objects that evoke the magic of Naples.
His collection of amulet jewels is part of his vision to tie Naples to the idea of a good luck charm: the egg.
“Nobody has ever expressed the fact that Virgil donated a hen’s first egg to the city as a symbol of fortune,” he said.
Loffredo is renowned for its manufacture of coral and precious stone jewellery.
The award for the best professional Italian jewellery designer went to Milan-based veteran Gabriele DeVecchi, who designs objects in silver and other metals.
This award is aimed at internationally renowned Italian professional jewellery designers who have been designing their own personal creations for many years.