Summarizing between creativity and character, and thanks to a profound passion for art, technology and design, the idea of developing products that convey special emotions was born in the mid-90s. Jewels that can be worn by anyone who wants to relive a fragment of the past, a meeting with a master of the art or the emotion of contact with a masterpiece. An emotional connection between past and present.
Eyes up: suddenly an intricate wood of mulberry, of nodes tying branches together, of leaves sewed in a heart shape, and between them inviting ripe blackberries ready to be tasted … Inverted vertigo, attraction to the primitive beauty of the place dreamt by Leonardo, who paints this splendor for Ludovico il Moro in the Sala delle Asse in the Sforza Castle.
I arrived there many years ago, to meet Michelangelo and his Pietà Rondanini. From the loud Milan city traffic I entered the Castle and, in a pleasing and pacifying paradox, I was enraptured by the awesomeness created by this vault: a wood of love where two lovers chase each other, hiding and revealing, they embrace, tying together bodies and souls. Transferring this bond on a jewel that shows the mark of a thousand nodes, a thousand loves, a thousand passions… Our wonderful life, intricate and winding on the trails of emotions.
Abatjour… You that spreads a soft blue light… While Henry Weight is singing on the radio, the sensual and beautiful Sophia plays out a striptease for Marcello: just as a bewitched wolf he howls from the bed at the exciting striptease, crazy with pleasure.
In the unforgettable scene from the 1963 famous movie “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, Vittorio De Sica undresses Sophia. She is wearing stunning lingerie and a bracelet inspired from the well-known traditional Venetian jewels originated from cultural contamination with the East and the Dalmatian coast.
It’s the year 2000 and I am watching a film by Archeomovies… Totally fascinated. Time travel
materializes today. Peru… the desert… 800 designs, perfectly drawn in the ground, dated approximately between 300 and 500 AD, that can only be viewed from above.
Power of the human mind, triumph of geometry, evoking gods, of perhaps supernatural intervention. 13.000 lines compose a fantastic nature : humming birds, lizards, spiders, monkeys, snakes, humans or extraterrestrials, dogs and shells, human hands and ground snakes… again, an amazing trip between past, present and future for those who wear the ring or the bracelet from this collection.
The pendant that completes the set contains, in the elongated and contemporary form, a quote from the wonderful portrait of the female world imagined by Klimt. This world is made of intense and tiny traits, of golden and rhodium flashes, of stones selected in two scales of warm and cold colors and hand-set on a background of bas-reliefs and enamels hand-glazed and polished from Byzantium, like the ancient techniques require.
Fragments of a universal and overflowing beauty that Klimt has offered us and that allows the wearer of the jewel to feel part of and participant in this “great beauty” all female and woman.
Provenzale portrays Scipione Borghese in the role of Orpheus in the mosaic dated 1618. Scipione, nephew of Pope Paul V, by privilege granted to him by the Pontiff, obtains the right to include the emblems of Pope Borghese in his crest: the crowned eagle and the dragon, placed by Provenzale among the animals surrounding Orpheus on the Parnassus. The dragon represents the cosmic forces not yet rationally dominated. It is decorated with only two palmated paws and prehistoric animal wings. Its still medieval features of a creature halfway between rooster and snake, are those of a monster with a ferine aspect which, according to Pliny, had the power to kill with a single glance or emitting breath.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti – poet and painter, soul of the English Pre-Raphaelite movement and illustrious representative of Symbolism – in the painting The Bower Meadow dated 1872, he goes beyond the usual repertoire of his painting soaked of symbolism, exoticism and arcane figures. The jewels of this collection, elaborated in the form of a spiral shell, are inspired by the hairstyle of the female figure that plays the hurdy-gurdy, in the idealized melancholy pastime of the women of the Bower Meadow.
The master of tonal painting Tiziano Vecellio portrays in the numerous paintings feminine figures as subject, models wearing ear pendants with scaramazza irregular or colored pearls. Among the models one in particular recurs and is portrayed in the wonderful Venus of Urbino, painting that is dated back to around 1538, in the Portrait of a Young Girl in Fur and in the Portrait of a Girl with a Feathered Hat.
Las Meninas is a Portuguese term that means “bridesmaids”. This is the most famous artwork of Diego Velázquez that portrays the royal family of Philip IV of Spain and himself, intent on painting the picture. Executed in 1656, the complex painting is full of extraordinary elements. The jewels of the collection are inspired by the butterfly of Maria Augustina of Sarmiento and Isabella di Velasco’s bracelet, two of the bridesmaids of infanta Margherita.
Gothic-shaped eagle-shaped fibula. Gold and silver lamina, rock crystal and garnets. End of the 5th century – VI 6th century. A.D. Rome, Capitoline Museums, from a burial of Via Flaminia. This splendid fibula (buckle or pin with which the garments were secured) inspired the bijoux of this collection made with the ancient technique of cloisonné enamels, also called known as Byzantine luster, so where the enamels are glazed by hand in small cells (in French cloisons) divided by thin metal partitions.
Stendhal, Rome, Naples et Florence, 1817