Preziosa Young 2017

International contest/exhibition for young jewellery makers

Our Identity
The value of art and crafts of our time

In a world that wants us more and more homologated, equal to each other, but at the same time puts the emphasis on racial, religious or ideological differences, erecting walls in defense of false values, and imprisons those who seem different, the valorization of its own and others' cultural identity becomes a respectful and mutual understanding issue.
Everyone has the right and the duty to cultivate its present history and its traditions, and transmitting them to his children, in the forms and in the manner that every people choose for itself.
A kind of world cultural domination wants to dictate to all of us how to make our choices, how to dress, how to talk, what to eat, and what art to produce.
Far from being a limit, the cultural differences are an inalienable wealth for the whole of humanity, and not just for a specific country, or a specific geographical, political or military area.
Classical art and traditional crafts, constitute for every human group and every single person a legacy that cannot be ignored, or simply put aside.
Contemporary research has its roots in this memory, and from it draws its nourishment.
Based on the above considerations, LAO invited worldwide young jewellery makers to apply and submit works from which emerges a research linked to the contemporary interpretation of traditional themes of your culture, in the broadest sense of the term.
The artists research could be inspired to any traditional art or craft form, a material, a technique, an object of use, an ornamental detail, or architectural elements, without any limit. Immaterial source of inspiration were also admitted.
The creative process, the reasons, the objectives of the candidates were explained through the objects and the statement submitted to the jury.
The selection was based on:
  • The originality in the contemporary re-interpretation of the tradition;
  • The quality of design and manufacture of the pieces;
  • The contemporary use of the materials;
  • The conceptual and technical innovation.
We had more than 185 participants to the 2017’s edition of Preziosa Young.
The big deal of participants with excellent works made the final selection very hard.
The selection had been made by a jury:

Petra Hölscher

senior curator Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Germany

Inger Wästberg

art historian and curator, Sweden

Martina Dempf

anthropologist, goldsmith, art gallerist Germany

Antonella Villanova

art gallerist, Italy

Maria Cristina Bergesio

art jewellery historian and curator, Italy

Francesca Mercanti

blogger, Italy
Here the list of the winners:

Fang-Jin Yeh


Qian Wang


Shachar Cohen


Xiaodai Huang

Special mention:

Giulia Savino


Heng Lee


Niklas Link


Holland Houdek


Marion Delarue