The Biennale Bijou Sauvage is an initiative of the Wesel Art Gallery. It
was first organised in May 1990 by jewelry designer Claude Wesel.
Sauvage: as occurring in nature, unrestrained, tempestuous,
uncultivated, no longer under control (dictionary definition).
A number of designers were asked back then to design a piece of jewelry
in which they could completely indulge themselves, against all the
conventions and usual rules.
“Avoid working the way you always do. Go in search of what you know
least about yourself. Be an iconoclast and rid yourself of the academic
The result was both a confrontation and a dialogue among the most
divergent of inspirational sources and styles.
Bijou Sauvage stimulates the jewelry designer to create a piece of
jewelry in his or her own, highly individual manner. The universal
aspect leads many to rediscover their relationship with art, to reach,
unrestricted, the deepest layers of their artistic ability.
“All risks are fair if they protect our soul from death” (Claude Wesel)