Wiener Schmucktage: the event you cannot miss in November

November 7, 2018

Brooch with 15 fantasy-coloured diamonds ©Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

From the 6th to the 11th November, Vienna will revolve around jewellery with the “Wiener Schmucktage”. The International Festival of Contemporary Jewellery 2018 will host a series of solo and group exhibitions, workshops and lectures in 35 different locations around the Austrian capital. The festival is intended not only to jewellery experts but also to anyone who loves jewellery, AKA any woman on the face of the earth!

The Wiener Schmucktage will gather for the fourth year in a row, more than 160 local and international established contemporary jewellers and designers as well as newcomers, that are experimenting with different materials and using new and innovative techniques. The kick-off event will happen on the 6th of November in the Columned Main Hall of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, MAK. The Fab Atelier, which supports young talent, will announce during the kick-off, the winner of the Fab Atelier Jewellery Award. Also, there will be an open call to give the ten jewellery artists selected by a jury, the opportunity to present themselves and their work, which will be on display during the entire week. 

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Saskia silver ring with pink tourmaline and peridot @david M Peters – Diamond and emerald pendant from the House of Savoy-Genoa @dorotheum 

The kick-off will be followed by themed guided tours of museums like the MAK, the Natural History Museum, the Wien Museum, and several galleries. You will be able to visit ateliers, jewellery and fashion shops and Austrian education institutes such as the Herbststrasse Art, Fashion and Design School where you will see the work of several contemporary jewellery designers, and the Wiener Goldschmiedelehrgang, that will offer workshops on jewellery techniques such as engraving, casting and metal knitting. 

Astrid Fialka-Herics, the expert for jewellery at Dorotheum, one of the largest auction houses in the world, will give a lecture about the power of colours on the 9th November and you can get advice on jewellery and loose stones at the auction house from the 5th to 9th. 

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Granulate ball by Johann Neumeister, ©Wiener Gold- und Silberschmiede Museum –  Horn spheres bracelet by Alexandrea Muehlbek @David M Peters 

There will even be informative events about start-ups and how to find funding, in case you have always dreamt of starting your own jewellery business!

Do check here the full program and timetable, and remember you have to register for the events. 


Christine Schönburg