VICENZAORO SEPTEMBER: OVER A THOUSAND EXHIBITING BRANDS AND THE INDUSTRY’S TOP VOICES
Over a thousand exhibiting brands will be from 9th to 13th September at Vicenzaoro September, the international gold and jewellery show organised by Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) to be held at Vicenza Exhibition Centre accompanied by VO Vintage (9th – 11th September). Speakers at the next edition will include key figures from the industry. The authoritative voices of entrepreneurs, institutions, thought leaders and key global jewellery influencers such as Guido Grassi Damiani, President of Damiani Group and the Assogemme Ethics Committee, Julien Stervinou, Head of Sustainable Innovation Lab for Watches & Jewellery at Kering, Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of Watch & Jewellery Initiative, Lynn Yeager, writer for Vogue USA and the New York Times, Marianne Fisher and Ida Faerber, who represent the fourth generation of two global brands in the antique and vintage jewellery trade.
REAL IS BEAUTIFUL, DAMIANI’S WORDS
In the global jewellery market, where the word technology is practically synonymous with “synthetic”, how can we unequivocally explain the difference between “real” and “fake”? At Vicenzaoro September, on Saturday 10th September, Guido Grassi Damiani will be providing the answer, giving full value to the professionalism of Italian jewellers. The president of Damiani Group and the Assogemme Ethics Committee will be taking part in the Assogemme talk “Real is beautiful. The importance and value of natural diamonds for Italian jewellery” with an introduction by the Association’s President, Paolo Cesari and Federorafi President, Claudia Piaserico. In the afternoon of Friday 9th September, Vicenzaoro’s main stage will see Jerome Favier, CEO of Damiani Group, presenting an overview of the market challenges and strategic choices that will leave their mark on the company’s future development.
THE ITALIAN SCENARIO ACCORDING TO THE INTESA SANPAOLO REPORT
Stefania Trenti, Head of Industry Research at Intesa Sanpaolo’s Studies and Research Department, and Augusto Ungarelli, President of Vendorafa Lombardi and past president of Club degli Orafi Italia, will offer a snapshot of the state-of-the-art of the Italian gold and jewellery supply chain. The talked entitled “The Italian gold and jewellery sector, a complex and uncertain scenario”, organised in collaboration with Club degli Orafi Italia and scheduled for the opening day on Friday 9th September, will present the results of the sector research conducted by Intesa Sanpaolo’s Study Centre.
TRENDVISION: THE METAVERSE IS THERE
The gold-jewellery industry, like other global supply chains, is also involved in the digital economy, which is amplifying its creativity and sales channels with blockchain technologies and the web’s evolution into the metaverse. Outlining its medium-term effects on Saturday 10th September will be “Chromaverse. How the Metaverse and NFT’s are affecting Consumers and the Jewellery sector”, the Trendvison Jewellery + Forecasting event conducted by Paola De Luca, creative director and co-founder with IEG, during the preview presentation of the new Trendbook 2024+. Guests will include Rebecca Forster, President of Hearts on Fire, Angie Marei, founder & fine jewellery designer of Marei New York, Anna Adriani, marketing director of Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS in Venice, Naman Sidharth, co-founder of NFJ Labs, and the return to Vicenzaoro of Lynn Yeager, contributor for Vogue USA and the New York Times.
CIBJO SEMINARS WILL DEAL WITH GLOBAL INDUSTRY CHALLENGES
“A new paradigm for marketing diamond jewellery: shifting the focus from men to women” will be the first of two seminars organised by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, both scheduled for Sunday 11th September. The focus will be on the new social roles that women are asserting in the purchase of jewellery and precious stones, with an introduction by President Gaetano Cavalieri and speeches by Julien Stervinou, Head of Sustainable Innovation Lab for Watches & Jewelry at Kering, Mina El Hadraoui, Director of the Natural Diamond Council France, journalist Bérengère Treussard from Like AB, and moderators Edward Johnson (Edward Johnson Consulting) and Elle Hill (Hill & Co). The second event, “Developing a global approach to jewellery supply chain regulation”, will focus on the opportunities of regulating the jewellery supply chain on a global scale. Speakers will include Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of Watch & Jewellery Initiative, Tiffany Steven, President and CEO of the Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee USA, Sara Yood, Deputy General Counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee USA, and John Mulligan, Market Relations & Climate Change Lead of World Gold Council.
YOUNG DESIGNERS: ROOM FOR TALENT
On Sunday 11th September, Ellen Joncheere, CEO of HRD Antwerp, and Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, which, together with Italian Exhibition Group, is sponsoring the initiative, will be presenting the new edition of the HRD Design Awards to be hosted at Vicenzaoro January 2023, through creative ideas for improving the sector developed by three young talents, finalists at the competition’s previous editions.
VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE JEWELLERY, AMONG PAST AND MODERNITY
The iconic value of jewellery told by those with three generations of research and trading in unique pieces behind them, items that make up jewellery’s history. On Saturday 10th September, Marianne Fisher at the helm of Paul Fisher Inc. and Ida Faerber of Faerber Collection will be talking with Amanda Triossi, jewellery historian, author and curator, and Marie-Cécile Cisamolo, Director Jewellery Specialist at Sotheby’s, in the talk “Vintage and antique jewellery: among past and modernity”, curated and moderated by jewellery business consultant, Donatella Zappieri.
This in-depth B2B look at vintage jewellery, dedicated to professional operators, will enrich the full programme of talks and seminars open to the public of VO Vintage. From 9th to 11th September, the IEG event will welcome experts, collectors and lovers of fine vintage watches and jewellery, such as Ugo Pancani, Sandro Fratini and Bruno Bergamaschi, in the foyer on the first floor of Vicenza Expo Centre.