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The Museo del Gioiello: Exploring the Allure of Jewellery.

The first location in Italy permanently devoted to jewellery - a not-to-be-missed visit for all jewellery lovers.

Estimated reading time: 33 minutes

In the enchanting city of Vicenza, one of Italy’s most relevant goldsmith districts, a captivating gem illuminates the essence of human artistry and expression – the Museo del Gioiello (Jewellery Museum).  

Nestled within the opulent walls of the Basilica Palladiana, with its 410 square metres, this Museum is a permanent space celebrating the allure and craftsmanship of jewellery. 

The Jewellery Museum is the first in Italy and one of the few worldwide to be dedicated exclusively to jewellery – a project developed by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) in partnership with the City Council of Vicenza. 

The Museo del Gioiello welcomes its visitors in Vicenza.

The Museum, curated by Alba Cappellieri, offers an original, varied aesthetic and educational jewellery experience, enhancing items with ancient origins deeply rooted in human culture and moving fast-forward to the future with thought-provoking designs. 

IV EDITION: 2021 – 2025

The IV Edition is a set-up fully focused on Italian jewellery, enhancing the Italian territory and the gold and jewellery field. Under the curation of Professor Alba Cappellieri, the Museum pays homage to values such as formal beauty, manufacturing quality, variety and innovation.

For the first time, the exhibition saw the participation of the leading gold Italian districts – from Vicenza to Valenza, from Arezzo to Torre del Greco – telling the best jewellery manufacturing stories.

Jewellery can speak different languages, and Italian jewellery, more than any other, does so brilliantly and on various levels.

Museo del Gioiello Vicenza.
Museo del Gioiello Vicenza.

In the nine thematic rooms that illustrate this IV Edition, the collection displays various items produced by relevant jewellery houses, small and medium enterprises, highly skilled artisans, unique pieces created through artistic experimentation and jewels generated from the research of independent designers. This choice is a decision of significant cultural and visual impact, guiding visitors to open new horizons and perspectives to the jewellery world.

Museo del Gioiello Vicenza.
Museo del Gioiello Vicenza.

The Symbol Room

The jewel traditionally symbolises power, religion, royalty, social prestige, patriotism, and all those feelings that connect human beings: love, friendship, fidelity, and mourning.

The jewel also symbolises the identity and manufacturing excellence of the territories, and Italy can boast goldsmithing excellency in territories such as Vicenza, Valenza, Arezzo, and Torre del Greco, where know-how and trade culture have settled over time, giving us the beautiful jewels that you will find in this room.

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza - Cross Pendant by Pasquale Bruni
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza - Corona della Madonna di Monte Berico.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Crown by Cosimo Vinci.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Pettorale della Madonna del Monte Berico.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Coral Bracelet of Neapolitan manufacture.

The Magic Room

Amulets and talismans are the first ornaments in humankind’s history, worn not out of vanity but to transfer divine benevolence onto themselves. They are magical jewels endowed with the power to counter malignant influences, attract benign ones, and preserve therapeutic properties. The visitor will find a selection of “magical” treasures in this room, including Italian amulets and talismans with propitiatory, protective, and healing properties that cross time and cultures.

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. “Maometti” necklaces of Neapolitan manufacture for the North African market, last quarter of the 19th Century.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Brooch with three heads of Diana with crescent moon on the head, goldsmith from Trapani or Naples, second half of the 18th Century.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Necklace with Venetian Rosetta pearls, 19th Century; "gris gris" magic pendant in vegetable fiber and clay, flanked by animal teeth (wild dog?), 20th Century, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Fibula with amber core, Necropolis of Novilara, Iron Age, VII-VII Century B.C.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Pendant in the shape of a perforated solar disk, Necropolis of Novilara, Iron Age, VIII-VII Century B.C.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Set of six bracelets with snake head finial, Sovramonte (BL)
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Perforated dog/wolf canine, mid-4th millennium BC, Fossombrone (PU), Via Della Conserva excavation, Late Neolithic settlement.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Drilled bear tooth, late 3rd millennium BC, Frontone (PU), Loc. Pian Di Gallo, remains of Late Copper Age settlement.

The Function Room

The jewel is often considered a useless, opulent object with no function other than an ornamental one. The functional jewels the museum presents in the Function Room prove the opposite. Buttons, buckles, chatelaine, fibulae, hair clips, cufflinks, and brooches are jewels of Italian origin that testify to a specific function linked to the fashion of a particular time. 

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Evening Bag.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Snuffbox.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 1830 c.
Mourning ring with compartment for relics
18 kt gold, pink cut diamond, black enamel, diameter 15 mm
Paolo Fanara Collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 19th Century 
Bourbon ring 
Low gold, enamel; embossed initial "R".
Paolo Fanara Collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 1820
Ring with venom holder (or relic)
24 kt gold; embossed work (hollow interior) with enamel patterned poison holder
Paolo Fanara Collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 1880
Letter Opener
Yellow Gold, aluminum, sapphire, semiprecious stones
Gioielleria Pennisi Collection, Milan.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 1917
Cigarette case
Yellow gold, silver, diamonds with Vittorio Emanuele III signature, Boggiali
Gioielleria Pennisi Collection, Milan.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 1930
Prayer altarpiece
Gold, silver, rubies, sapphires, pearls, lapis lazuli and enamels with leather case and galuchat
Gioielleria Pennisi Collection, Milano
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Theater binoculars
Latter half of the 19th century
Turtle, gold, silver, diamond roses 
Gioielleria Pennisi Collection, Milan.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ODO FIORAVANTI for Maison 203
BERN Clutch, 2017
Clutch
Sintered and hand painted polyamide.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. JÁNOS GÁBOR VARGA
2018
Lentical hairpin
Chestnut wood, glass.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. PAOLO ULIAN
Brush ring, 2005
Ring/Brush
Resin, electric toothbrush component.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Manufactured by Gioielleria Ballarino
Royal Monogram, 2017
585/1000 rose gold sterling silver, rubies, emeralds, diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. FULCO SANTOSTEFANO DELLA CERDA DUCA DI VERDURA
1950
Cigarette case
750/1000 yellow and white gold.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. 1940s / 1950s
Tie clip
750/1000 yellow gold, burin engravings, brilliant cut diamond.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Late 1800s, early 1900s
Three + one link model pocket watch chain, with compass
750/1000 rose gold
Ballarino Cavour Collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Torre del Greco, 19th Century
Tiara
Coral, gilded copper
140 x 70 mm
De Simone Fratelli Collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Manufactured by Giacomo Cesati & Figli
Five jewel buttons for parade with coat of arms of the Sacred Military Order of the S.S. Maurizio Lazzaro, late 19th Century
Made from minted brass and Mercury-gilded brass
Ballarino Cavour Collection.

The Beauty Room

Jewellery is the ornament par excellence, capable of giving and instilling beauty to the wearer. Beauty is also intrinsic in the jewel: its shapes, its manufacture, its gems, its colours. These jewels celebrate the beauty of Italian high jewellery, a perfect synthesis of formal beauty and craftsmanship savoir-faire. 

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. CARLO BARBERIS
I girasoli, 2016
Brooch
White gold 750, natural green tourmaline, white diamonds, pink tourmaline, coral, pink, acquamarine, turquoise, lapis, tanzanite, spessartite, carnelian, yellow beryl.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. SABBA
France, 2019.
Earrings
Diamonds, titanium, gold.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. NARDI
Moretto, 60s
Brooch
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. LAURA BICEGO for NANIS
Dancing in the rain, Reverse Collection, 2004
Rings
Rubies doublette, rock crystal, white diamonds, colored diamonds (black, gray, ice), rhodolite, 18kt gold.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. GIUSEPPE FUSARI, manufactured by Laboratorio Arte Orafa Fusari
The Four Seasons, 1995
Bracelet, unique piece in three copies
18 kt yellow gold, diamonds, fired enamels; overlapping slabs, burin engraving, fretwork, fired enamel
Giuseppe Fusari Collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. RONCO, Design Leonardo Ronco
Audrey, 2019
Collar
750 gold.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. DANIELA VETTORI
Bamboo Collection, 2004
Collier and pendant
750 gold worked entirely by hand with fire and hammer, brilliant cut diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MARCO BICEGO
Marrakech Collection, 2015
Multi-strand chocker
18 kt yellow gold; Coil technique.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. FOPE
Eka Mialuce Collection, 2019
Flex’it, Eka Mialuce Collection
Bracelet
18 kt gold, diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. FERRARIS
Rosa, Twist Nature Collection, data 
Ring
Rose gold, titanium, diamonds, white agate FERRARIS
Calla, Twist Nature Collection, data 
Ring
Rose gold, titanium, diamonds, carnelian.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. DAMIANI
Sombrero, 1994
Ring
White gold, diamonds, Tahiti pearl.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Mattioli. Puzzle Collection, 2000
Earrings
18 kt pink gold, white diamonds, interchangeable mother of pearls.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Vhernier. Calla, 2018 (desing 1998)
Necklace
Aluminum, diamonds, blue nanoceramics.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. FARAONE MENNELLA
Star
Earrings
18 kt yellow gold, turquoise.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. AMEDEO
Three Wise Monkeys
Necklace
Sardonic cameo, black diamonds, gray diamonds, white diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Antonini. Black & White Collection, 2015
Ring
Satin-finish natural white gold, black diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. CHANTECLER
Galli, 2008
Necklace
18 kt rose gold, white diamonds, various cuts.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ALESSIO BOSCHI
Lucca Ring, Historica Collection, 2017
Ring
Rose gold, white gold, white diamonds marquise, white diamonds round, white diamonds rose cut, black diamonds, champagne diamonds, ruby, brown sapphire, yellow diamonds, tsavorites.

The Art Room

Jewellery intersects many disciplines, and art is one of these. This room is dedicated to the artist’s jewel – the jewel of the figurative artists and that of the goldsmiths’ artists. The treasures of the masters of Italian painting and sculpture of the 20th century join those of the goldsmiths’ artists, finding new ways of expression through experimentation and research. 

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MARIO PINTON
1961
Bracelet
18 kt yellow gold, emeralds
Private collection.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MARIO PINTON
1995
Ring
18 kt yellow gold, plexiglas.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. BARBARA PAGANIN
Solo, 1994
Necklace
Patinated silver, gold, brilliant cut diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ANNAMARIA ZANELLA
Blue chaos, 2019
Ring-brooch
Cork, titanium wire, silver, lapis lazuli pigment.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. STEFANO MARCHETTI
2001/2012
Brooch
Gold.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. GIAMPAOLO BABETTO
2017
Necklace
750 yellow gold, pigment.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MAURIZIO FUSARI
Mantle No. 2, 2020
Unique piece ring in 3 copies
18 kt yellow gold, natural oval faceted ruby.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. PIETRO CONSAGRA, manufactured by Laboratorio Arte Orafa Fusari
1995
Brooch, unique piece
18 kt yellow gold, 18 kt white gold, diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. SALVATORE FIUME, manufactured by Laboratorio Arte Orafa Fusari
Fisherwoman, 1989
Pendant, unique piece (2 copies)
18 kt yellow gold, fired enamel.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ALIGI SASSU
Dove of Peace, 1984
Necklace, unique piece
18 kt yellow gold, coral, rubies, diamonds, fired enamel.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Gio' Pomodoro, manufactured by Laboratorio Arte Orafa Fusari
Pax, 1985
Necklace with pendant; unique piece
18 kt yellow gold, white coral, grey pearl, diamonds.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza.GIORGIO FACCHINI
Kinetic Movements, 1969
Bracelet, unique piece
18 kt white gold, 18 kt red gold, burnished silver, rubies.
Private Collection.

The Fashion Room

Jewellery has always had a close relationship with fashion, too. From the ancient to the contemporary world, fashion jewellery is the aesthetic mirror of society, the evolution of customs and technological progress. Italian stylists, costume jewellery makers and designers have transferred the seasonality of the collections, the whims of taste and the lightness of the transient to the jewel with surprising results. 

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MAISON FRANCO PIANEGONDA
Soul, 2011
Necklace
Silver.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MAY MOMA, Design Simona Nicolosi 
Eldorado, 2018
Ear cuff 
24 kt gold pleated brass, silky fringes, Swarovski crystals.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. PESAVENTO, Design by Chiara Carli
Dream dust, 2019
Ring.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MISIS
Positano Collection, Spring 2014
Bracelet
925 silver, 18kt gold plated, white zircon pavé, mother-of-pearl and blue sandblasted enamel.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. SVEVA COLLECTION, Design by Sveva Camurati
Fall 2016
Semi-rigid chocker
Pvc pleated by hand and mounted on brass chain, Swarovski rhinestones, aluminum chain.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. PAOLA GRANDE GIOIELLI, Design by Giulia di Pace
Spinae Collection, 2016
Bracelet
Black rhodium-plated silver, zircons.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. LEBOLE GIOIELLI
Eighteenth Century Collection, 2013
Asymmetrical pendant earring
Gold galvanized brass, natural stones, wood and fabrics from the Opificio di San Leucio.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. DE LIGUORO, design Gianni De Liguoro
Sparkling Vision, 1980s
Bracelet
Hand-welded micro-bezels on a "crumpled" brass leaf base, multicolored Swarovski crystals.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ORNELLA BIJOUX, 
Butterfly, 1970s (2000s reinterpretation)
Ring
Golden metal, glass paste stones, crystals, imitation pearls, glass smallware, rose quartz
Ornella Bijoux Archive.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ANGELA CAPUTI GIUGGIÙ
Flamenco, Spring / Summer 2018
Necklace
Crystal, resin.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. SHARRA PAGANO
Firefly, Fireworks Collection, 2018
Necklace
Glass, crystals
Sharra Pagano Archive.

The Design Room

Design is one of the most fascinating expressions of contemporaneity for its ability to entwine different disciplines and produce knowledge exchanges. The result is a vision of jewellery where preciousness is not defined by the nobility of the materials but by creativity and innovation. This room is dedicated to Italian design and narrates the link that Italian designers have had with jewellery from the post-war period until today, their variations in scale, and their ability to give new meanings to jewellery. 

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MIX, Alphabet Collection, 1996
Chain
800 sterling silver; made of sheared modules that are attached to each other without soldering; electroplated coloring.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. Emanuela Frattini Magnusson for Valadier, Rome; production Franchi Argentieri, Rome
Tiberio, 2004
Bracelet
Silver
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MATTEO CIBIC
Borlotto, 2010
Necklace
Gold, natural rubber.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ALBA POLENGHI LISCA
Sailing, 2010
Pendant
Titanium plate, micro-laser cutting.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MATTEO RAGNI for De Vecchi
Patch, 2004
Reading ring
Silver.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. LELLA VALLE VIGNELLI, manufactured by San Lorenzo
Seicento, 2003
Necklace
925 / °°° silver.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ENZO MARI for Arnolfo di Cambio
1989
Bracelet
925 silver.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ALDO CIBIC for Rossi & Arcandi
1988
Ring
Gold.

The Future Room

What will the jewel be like in the future? The selection of this room features jewels from different contexts, which challenge traditional disciplinary ideas. They are jewels inspired by biology, medicine, body modification, and science – a journey into the future full of thought provocations, shocks, and nuances. 

  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ILENIA CORTI VERNISSAGE
The Froggy Dance, 2020
Ring 
Silver, enamel, rubies.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. D'ORICA
Necklace
Gold, gold diamond spheres and photovoltaic cells enclosed in crystal glasses.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. PAOLA VOLPI
Armor Collection, 2011
Double phalanx rings and back of hand plate
925 silver
Photo credits: Alberto Novelli.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. PAOLO ULIAN for CHP
Global Bracelet, 2013
Bracelet
Laser-cut stainless steel.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. SELVAGGIA ARMANI for .BIJOUETS
Shanghai, 2013
Bracelet
Sintered polyamide.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. BEATRICE ROSSATO
High Revolution, 2018
Necklace
Nylon.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. GIULIO IACCHETTI for MAISON 203
Kalikon Necklace, 2016
Articulated necklace.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. GAETANO PESCE for FISH DESIGN
Spaghetti Bracelet, 1995
Bracelet
Soft resin.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. CRISTIAN VISENTIN
Bangle, 2016
Bracelet
Borosilicate glass.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. MARINA AND SUSANNA SENT
Soap, 2000
Collar
Blown glass, transparent wire.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. ELEONORA FIORI
Spring in Tokyo, 2015
Necklace
Vintage plastics and resins.
  • Museo del Gioiello Vicenza. CATERINA OCCHIO for SEEME
Loving More, 2017
Necklace
Recycles Brass, palladio nickel free, 24 kt certified sustainable gold.

Educational Activities

The Jewellery Museum is also full of opportunities to spend time together to discover the fascinating art of goldsmithing.

Over the weekend, themed workshop activities and guided itineraries allow the young and adults to get lost in the Museum Rooms and immerse themselves in the glittering world of jewels, discovering their functions and meanings.

Curator’s Choice

There is always a favourite among Museum treasures. Alba Cappellieri, curator of the exhibition, has chosen an imposing necklace designed by Gianmaria Buccellati and handcrafted in 1996 in the Milanese ateliers of Buccellati.

Museo del Gioiello di Vicenza. Girocollo, Gianmaria Buccellati, 1996.
Museo del Gioiello di Vicenza. Girocollo, Gianmaria Buccellati, 1996. Amethysts, citrines on white and yellow gold.

The necklace is composed of autumn leaves and colours that remind us of how much nature was and still is inspiring for all Buccellati creations, with the desire to depict it in its outstanding beauty and continuous marvels. 

The three amethysts alternate with four citrines, thus creating a rhythm of yellow and violet that soon reminds us of an autumn-embracing atmosphere, bringing us into nature and its nuances.

Museo del Gioiello di Vicenza. Girocollo, Gianmaria Buccellati, 1996.

The groups of leaves are in yellow gold, with shiny venations in white gold and a central red gold griffe for the amethysts, while the citrines are set in a yellow gold griffe mounting. The bunches of leaves are distanced from one another with white gold morettes. The rear part of the necklace is composed of groups of three leaves, each alternating with white gold morettes.

Additional Information:

  • The Museo del Gioiello is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Admission is €10 for adults, €8 for reduced admission, and free for children under 6.
  • The museum is in the Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori 2, Vicenza, Italy.
  • For more information, you can visit the Museum’s website: https://www.museodelgioiello.it/en, write to info@museodelgioiello.it or call +39 0444 320799

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