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12 April 2022

Must-see jewelry events in 2022

“FRED Joaillier Créateur since 1936”

This fall, Fred will present its first retrospective exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo. It traces the history of the Maison founded by Fred Samuel, from 1936 to the present day, including its acquisition by LVMH in 1995. The exhibition features 400 pieces of jewelry, including high jewelry, stones such as the “Soleil d’Or” yellow diamond weighing more than 100 carats, and iconic pieces such as Force 10, a bracelet that combines a marine cable and a boat shackle. All of them bear witness to the brand’s great moments, stylistic trends and international expansion. In the 1980s and 1990s, it became one of the ten largest jewelry companies in the world.

From 23 September to 24 October 2022 at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris

 

Opening of a new museum at the French National Library

In September 2022, after several years of work, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) will open a new museum (Paris). Among the thousand pieces presented (jewelry, curiosities, gems, medals, etc.), rediscover the famous “Cameo of France” in sardony engraved with 24 figures. These figures are still deeply mysterious, and historians continue to disagree on the interpretation… In fact, the BNF’s collection of cameos and intaglios is considered unrivalled in the world.

 

“Engraved Gems” at The School of Jewelry Arts

The highlight of the collection of cameos and intaglios from Antiquity to the 19th century, put together by Guy Ladrière, is an introduction to glyptics – a little-known art consisting of engraving stones in hollow (intaglio) or relief (cameo) form. As the subject is so complex, The School of Jewelry Arts has chosen to present 200 pieces in chronological order from Greek Antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 19th Century. A special excursus familiarizes the visitor with the technique and the precious stones used: carnelian, sardony, heliotrope, and so on.

From 12 May 2022 to 21 October 2022, Paris

 

“Végétal – L’École de la Beauté” by Chaumet

Having staged several exhibitions down the years on the history of its style, Chaumet now indulges in a less conventional approach featuring the perspectives not only of artists but also of scientists. Curator Marc Jeanson, also a botanist, has conjured up the spirit of the herbarium: the 80 antique or contemporary jewels are mixed with works based on the same plant species. And what splendid works they are! Paintings by Archimboldo, Claude Monet or Raoul Dufy, Paul Hermann’s herbarium, photos of peonies by Mapplethorpe and irises by Dora Maar, a jacket by Yves Saint Laurent, etc. Resolutely contemporary, the immersive scenography gives pride of place to projections, music composed especially for the exhibition, and fragrances.

From 16 June 2022 to 4 September 2022 at The Beaux-Arts, Paris

 

Royal tiaras at Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s is one of the partners of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, next June. For a month, it will present exhibitions, conferences, etc. highlighting British creativity. On the jewelry side, the auction house will stage an exhibition of tiaras of European royal provenance, both antique and contemporary, echoing its sale entitled “Noble Jewels”, launched in 2006. Among the items on display will be a model from the 1830s, designed as a crown of leaves set with diamonds reminiscent of those of ancient Rome, and a piecefrom the 1960s by Van Cleef & Arpels, in diamonds and turquoise cabochons. None of these antique pieceswill be for sale, but it will be possible to purchase those created by contemporary British designers.

Jubilee Arts Festival from 28 May to 15 June 2022, Sotheby’s London

 

Tiffany &Co, “Vision & Virtuosity”

Previously held in Shanghai in 2019, this is the first non-commercial exhibition by the jeweler Tiffany &Co, and features highlights and iconic creations from its history. Each room has its own subject: the engagement ring (its core business), the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with the Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn and the original script annotated by the actress, the creativity of the window displays and humorous advertisements, and the “Blue Book” – its high jewelry collection that was originally a mail order jewelry catalog, amongst others. The latest collaborations (notably with Suprême), also part of the exhibition, foreshadow the future.

From 10 June 2022 to 19 August 2022 at the Saatchi Gallery, London

 

 

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