Xwejni u Bnadi Oħra (Xwejni and Other Whereabouts) is contemporary fine jewellery exhibition by jewellery designer / maker Nadège Renée Cassar.
In her second solo jewellery exhibition, Nadège explores natural and tactile forms. The protagonist Xwejni Salt Pan Jewellery Collection, takes direct inspiration from the traditional Maltese and Gozitan salt-harvesting trade from rock-cut pans. Xwejni is a location in the island of Gozo, which salt-collection formations date 350 years old. In ancient times, the collection of salt was highly valued and just like precious metals and stones commonly used for the manufacturing of jewellery, salt was also used as currency.
Through materials and techniques, the Xwejni Collection represents constituents and processes of this salt formation, whilst also including real salt pan salt within these wearable structures. The Xwejni Collection was awarded second prize at the Premju Ġieħ l-Artiġjanat Malti 2022.
The exhibition also presents other works and collections that explore the beauty of monochromatic semi-precious stones, which patterns, lustres or markings are complemented with applied textural interventions on silver, against polished, rough or patinated surfaces. All the pieces are completely hand-fabricated, exclusive one-offs or of a limited-edition nature, as indicated.
The exhibition runs at the Banca Giuratale in Victoria between September 1 and 15.