TRADE FAIR – The cultural program of GemGenève November 2022


GemGenève, whose values of transmission, sharing and passion constitute its spirit, highlights traditional know-how and exceptional craftsmanship during the five days of its exhibition. Mathieu Dekeukelaire, director of the show, intends to establish a long-term relationship with cultural and museum institutions in order to promote the value of jewellery heritage in all its facets and in all possible ways.

Some highlights of this edition :


  • Organised to celebrate 40 years of Igor Carl Fabergé Foundation Fabulous Carl Fabergé: more than one hundred Fabergé items on display // 4 major items including 3 imperial eggs. 2 of them will be unveiled for the first time in public and will be included in the next catalogue raisonné (to be published in winter 22/23) // 120 m2 of exhibition

In partnership with GemGenève, design agency Autre Idée, Ferrari, Anglobelge

  • Speakers: Bernard Ivaldi, Alexandra Blin Kourbatoff (President and Vice-President of Fondation Igor Carl Fabergé, respectively) 
  • The art of micromosaics through the ages : with magnificent pieces loaned by some GemGenève exhibitors, museums and private collectors. Birds, mythological themes, famous monuments typical of the late 18th – early 19th centuries and of the Grand Tour, contemporary pieces… and Roman mosaic pieces from Aventicum!
  • Quite simply an exhibition designed to present the lost art of micromosaics, linking Roman mosaics, Roman micromosaics and contemporary micromosaics
  • Conferences and round tables will be organised to discuss these arts
  • Speakers: Alice Minter (curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, at the V&A Museum – London) // Sophie Bartschi (curator of the Sites and Museum of Avenches)
  • The Gem Museum, Singapore: the museum aims to make gemmology accessible and attractive to a wider audience. With this in mind, The Gem Museum will take over the GemGenève Villa and present an exhibition consisting of precious stones and scientific awareness workshops. Demonstrations, observations, discoveries… A space where you can discover all the wonders of gems. 
  • Speaker: Kunming Tay 


  • HEAD: exhibition of 4 bachelor-degree projects from students at the Product, Jewellery and Accessory Design department
  • Current speaker: Nina Gender
  • ASMEBI – ETVJ – CFP Arts Genève – CPNE Pôle Arts Appliqués: students will be asked to take turns working on a piece of jewellery, using two workbenches (traditional technical production of an item of jewellery – manufacturing the mount, bezels, sawing, filing etc.) + group work (drawings, wax carvings) // ASMEBI: Association Romande des Métiers de la Bijouterie, a professional association, will oversee technical training in costume jewellery and fine jewellery
  • Speakers: Richard Carbonnelle (CFP Arts Genève) // Emmanuelle Garcia (ASMEBI) // François Monnin (ETVJ) // Tony Marchese (CPNE Pôle Arts Appliqués)
  • During GemGenève – November 2022: launch of the gouache competition between the three schools for May 2023 (Subject: Rien ne se perd, tout se transforme (Nothing is lost, everything is transformed), attended by all participating students. Workshop on design (1 h), presented by Elizabeth Fischer (HEAD Genève).
  • CREA: managing the CREA EYES Instagram account by creating and editing digital content directly at the show (photos, videos, interviews with leading figures, etc.). The school CREA Genève – OMNES Education offers Bachelor and Master degrees in Marketing, Communication & Digital.
  • Speaker: Donatella Zappieri

Grand Théâtre de Genève:

  • In continued partnership with Grand Théâtre de Genève to make GemGenève part of Geneva’s cultural landscape.
  • Exhibition of exceptional costumes from the first opera of the 2022/2023 season – La Juive 🡪 including a magnificent emperor’s cape more than ten metres long and other surprises // Showcasing the work done in workshops, company expertise, disappearing trades
  • Discounts for GemGenève visitors and exhibitors on GTG tickets (Grand Théâtre de Genève)
  • Free entry for GTG members
  • Speaker: Sabryna Pierre (Head of cultural development, GTG)
  • Partnership already approved for the workshop with HEAD and HEJ students for May 2023

Books: In partnership with Librairie Bernard Letu

  • La métaphysique du bijou: Charline Coupeau (simplified thesis)
  • L’âme du bijou, Charline Coupeau, co-author
  • Cartier, Rachael Taylor
  • Tiffany, Rachael Taylor
  • The new stone age, Carol Woolton
  • Vogue The Jewellery, Carol Woolton 

Conferences / Round tables:


  • 11.30 – 12.30 – Fabergé et son influence sur ses contemporains, by Olivier Bachet
  • 13.45 – 15.00 – Announcement of the subject for the Gouache Competition 2023 – ETVJ x CFP Arts Genève x CPNE Pôle Arts Appliqués, followed by the workshop La conceptualisation d’un design (The conceptualisation of a design), by Elizabeth Fischer (teacher at HEAD Geneva).
  • 15.30 – 16.30 – Exploring gemstone mining: Sri Lanka & Zambia, by Richa Goyal Sikri (journalist and story teller). An examination of the lessons learnt by Richa during visits to mines, comparing an artisanal mining site (Sri-Lanka) with a large scale one (Zambia).
  • 13.30 – 14.30 – Book signing: Rachael Taylor, Cartier / Tiffany


  • 11.30 – 12.30 – History of Bulgari and creation of its style, by Amanda Triossi;
  • 13.45 – 14.45 – Splendida et Minuta: Fashionable Roman Micro Mosaic Jewels

A Grand tour around the XVIII and XIX century production, from the origins in Rome to the Napoleonic court and the archaeological revival, par Prof. Anna Maria Massinelli (former curator of the Gilbert Collection, author of the monograph on Giacomo Raffaelli and many other works) and Andrea Petochi;

  • 15.00 – 16.15 – What Makes Exceptional Design? A round table led by Katerina Perez (influencer), with David Roux-Fouillet (Head of the Products, Jewellery and Accessories Design Department, HEAD Genève), Olivier Bachet (expert) and Vivienne Becker (jewellery historian, author); 
  • 16.30 – 18.00 – Entre science et commerce, ce que les noms des pierres disent de nous (Between science and business, what the names of stones say about us), round table organised by the Association Gemmologie & Francophonie on the challenges of naming precious stones and legal aspects, with Drew Battaglia (jewellery expert and gemmologist), Aurélien Delaunay (CIBJO Diamond Commission and Gemmological Commission, France’s representative in ISO), Emmanuel Fritsch (teacher and researcher at the Institut des Matériaux Jean Roule, Nantes; Member of the International Mineralogical Association), Emmanuel Piat (gem dealer, Vice-President of the CIBJO Coloured Stone Commission), Thomas Hainschwang (Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemmology, Inventor of the DFI imaging and spectroscopy techniques, Gemmologist), Enzo Liverino (President of the CIBJO Coral Commission), moderated by Boris Chauviré and Marie Chabrol (teacher at lnstitut de Bijouterie de Saumur, Journalist and Consultant);
  • 14.30 – 15.30 – Book signing: Carol Woolton, The New Stone Age / Vogue The Jewellery
  • Professional event | L’Enseignement en joaillerie : les entreprises formatrices (Teaching jewellery: firms providing training), invitation only round table/ workshop, with ASMEBI, CFP Arts Genève, OFPC and businesses with the potential to train students through apprenticeships;


  • 11.30 – 13.00  L’Expertise ! Entre authentification et estimation (Expert assessments / Between authentication and appraisal. Round table organised by Igor Carl Fabergé Foundation, with Alexandra Blin Kourbatoff, Bernard Ivaldi, Michel Kamidian, Marie-Cécile Cisamolo;
  • 13.30 – 14.30 – L’art de la micro-mosaïque, origines, inspirations et techniques, discussion with Alice Minter and Sophie Bärtschi (curator of the Roman Site and Museum at Avenches); Moderator: Gislain Aucremanne (jewellery historian); 
  • 14.45 – 15.45 – Collecting antique jewellery, conversation with Helen Molesworth (senior curator of the Jewellery Gallery at the V&A Museum) and Vivienne Becker (author and jewellery historian);
  • 16.00 – 17.00 – From cracked paintings to micromosaics – The   Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection of micromosaics, by Alice Minter (curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, V&A Museum);
  • 17.15 – 18.15  Les Trésors de Toutankhamon et son héritage en joaillerie (Tutankhamun’s Treasures and his legacy for jewellery), by Gislain Aucremanne (jewellery historian). On the influence of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb on 1920s jewellery to modern Egyptomania.
  • Book signings:
  • 14.30 – 15.30  – Charline Coupeau, L’âme du bijou / La métaphysique du bijou
  • 13.30 – 16.30 – Caroline Charron, Fabergé, de la Cour du Tsar à l’exil 


  • 13.30 – 14.30 – Jewellery of all times: a way to spread joy and wonder, moderated by millennial influencer and journalist, Laura Inghirami (Donna Jewel), with David Brough [journalist], and Marianne Fisher (dealer, Paul Fisher Inc.)
  • 14.45 – 15.45 – Young people and the jewellery industry: training courses to meet the challenges of the sector and the demands of companies, a round table moderated by Donatella Zappieri (jewellery Business Consultant), with the participation of Emmanuelle Garcia-Gavillet (ASMEBI), Elisabeth Fischer (HEAD), Catherine de Vincenti (journalist) and Allen Adler (Adler Joaillerie)

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Practical information

Place | Dates | Opening hours

  • Address: Palexpo Hall 6 – Entrance at the same place as last year, just in front of the walkway (on the side of Hall 5)
    Route François-Peyrot 30
    1218 – Le Grand-Saconnex GE

         Just 10 minutes’ walk from Geneva Airport 

  • Dates: from 3rd to 6th November 2022
  • Opening times: 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
  • Price: CHF 50.-, valid for the duration of the show; free for students on presentation of their student card.
  • GemGenève November 2022