The Jewellery Museum is a place full of stimuli in which to spend precious time together dedicated to the discovery of the fascinating art of goldsmithing.
Over the weekend, themed laboratory activities and guided itineraries allow young and old to get lost in the Museum Rooms and immerse themselves in the sparkling world of jewels, discovering their functions and meanings.
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For many populations and throughout history, some jewels have always had incredible power. They are able to protect the wearer, attracting happiness and health, and chasing away what creates discomfort or sadness. The Museum preserves some “magical” jewels, amulets and talismans that span centuries but which keep their power intact. In the laboratory, you can create your own prodigious amulet to hang around your neck, to keep in your pocket or purse. Those who wish can bring very small objects with them to customize their talisman.
Designing a jewel, choosing the materials, combining them, cutting them, shaping them, requires study and great experience. In the Museum we will let ourselves be inspired by the jewels on display to understand how important the chosen theme and the project are, even before the actual realization. Nature, art, architecture, history ... there are many sources of inspiration. In the laboratory, each participant will be able to choose their favorite theme and design their own jewel to "take their creativity for a walk"...
Jewels are custodian objects of many meanings. Giving someone a jewel is an important action, it hides a strong message: a declaration of love, a request, a thank you. In 20th century the people of Vicenza wanted to give the Madonna di Monte Berico a special gift as a thank you for having saved the city from the plague. The Museum houses two of the jewels still considered today the greatest example of the art of 20th century jewellery in Vicenza: the crown and the breastplate. After telling the fascinating story, in the laboratory we will rework the shapes and decorations of these treasures of the city with contemporary materials.
Jewellery is often deceiving. Sometimes, what seems very precious is not… and vice versa. Glass, resins, plastic, steel, take the place of crystals, priceless stones and precious metals. Inside the Museum, you will go to the discovery of jewels whose true value lies in the creativity of those who designed them. During the workshop, instead, fake nuggets, small ingots or precious stones will be created starting from simple and humble clay.