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BARCELONA | Since it’s very first edition in 2009, JOYA Barcelona Art Jewelry  Fair has become one of Europe’s leading contemporary art jewelry events. More than 300 artists from Spain, France, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, USA; and Latin America shared their latest creations with buyers, designers and connoisseurs. This latest edition celebrated from  the 29th September  to the  1st October 2016 included an exceptional exhibition featuring national and international talented designers; as well as galleries, and  design schools such the prestigious European institutions  Alchimia (Italy),  Alliages (France) or ICKX Gallery (Belgium). Among the very talented designers, we also had the chance to discover first hand the creations of four winners of prestigious international awards, such as Jeeming Jamie Chung (South Korea), Jelizaveta Suska (Latvia), Liana Pattihis (UK) and Sunyoung Kim (South Korea). Innovation and creativity coexist with refinement and daring proposals at JOYA Barcelona. Among the diversity of works exhibited in this edition, two main trends prevail. One more minimalistic and geometric, resulting in balanced pieces. Another inspired in nature and organic shapes, which bring unexpected creative solutions. Such the use of some unusual organic materials, like seaweed, to create adorable and sensual jewels. We found very interesting the unconventional choice of certain materials. Porcelain, leather, plastic, silicone, marble and embroideries are combined with more traditional materials gold, sterling silver, enamel, resins or quartz. The original work of artists on display at JOYA Fair showcased not only innovation and creativity; but also a diversity of new techniques, materials, dimensions and approaches to the concept of Art Jewelry. The work of the artists at JOYA Fair stand out for their craft and innovative interpretation of contemporary Jewelry. Photos by Earth to Iris.  

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