Wearing a work of art

The art of creating eternal jewels

Italy boasts one of the oldest goldsmith traditions, which has its roots in Etruscan times and reaches its peak during the Renaissance, in the magnificent courts of the Italian lords.

 

In Florence, under the lordship of the Medici, the characteristic goldsmith shops of Ponte Vecchio were born. Today knowledge and tradition often blend with research and contemporary design to make the jewellery and silverware laboratories of Florence a point of reference worldwide.

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Since the Early Middle Ages Milan has also had many active craftsmen skilled in working with gold, as can be seen by the place names in the city: the historical Via degli Orefici (Goldsmiths Road) was one of their most prestigious locations. A skill that is immortalised in the golden altar in Sant’Ambrogio and the great religious jewellery, as well as the sophisticated ateliers of the many contemporary jewellers.

 

Another tradition that has historical roots in the Milan area is that of silver. Some excellent shops from the beginning of the twentieth century continue to use, with skill and design, the challenging chisel, rush, and engraving techniques.

 

Masters of the delicate filigree technique, particularly with gold, are still active in Sardinia, another top Italian production centre, while the manufacture of so-called “red gold”, coral, has for centuries been the prerogative of the Neapolitan craftsmen in Torre del Greco and those in Trapani, Sicily. Not only precious jewellery, but also sculptures and ornaments are made in the workshops of these skilled masters, works that often end up in prestigious museums.

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But it is not just the raw material that makes an object valuable: from hard stone beads to colourful murrine, from bright rock crystals to amethysts, jades and resins of every hue, up to the lightweight macramé lace: these are the inventive materials used by the eclectic designer-craftsmen to make jewellery in traditional shapes, often inspired the historical jewellery, or futuristic ones, which are almost like wearable sculptures.

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Rodolfo Palermo
Via Sarnelli, 30, Castellammare di Stabia Napoli, Italia

BaroccOro Jeweles
Chiasso di Marco, 197100, Ragusa, RG, Italia

Fratelli Piccini
Ponte Vecchio, 21/23, Firenze, FI, Italia

Simone Groppi – Orafo Scultore
Vicolo del Lino, 3, Saronno, VA, Italia

La Bottega degli Orafi
Via dei Benci, 20, Firenze, FI, Italia

Bottega Franchi
Via di Ripetta, 156, Roma, RM, Italia

Sara Spolverini – Pezzi unici
Via Enrico Mayer, 58, Livorno, LI, Italia

Nerdi Orafi Firenze
Vicolo Marzio, 2, Firenze, FI, Italia

NAA – Studio di Negar Azhar Azari
Via dei Serragli, 59, Firenze, FI, Italia

IdB di Isabella del Bono
Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, Milano, MI, Italia

Alessandro Bardi Laboratorio Orafo
Via del Serraglio, 91, Prato, PO, Italia

Luigisalagioielli
Viale Regina Giovanna, 8, Milano, MI, Italia

Fabula Etrusca
Via Lungo le Mura del Mandorlo, 8-10, Volterra, PI, Italia

Alessandro Dari Gioielli
Via di S. Niccolò, 115, Firenze, FI, Italia

Verna Oro di Verna G. e F.
Via Chieti, 40, Pescara, PE, Italia

Romeo Miracoli
Via Marco Burigozzo, 3, Milano, MI, Italia

Pellini
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 20, Milano, MI, Italia

Elementerre
Via Torcelli, 6, Finalborgo, SV, Italia

Aprosio & Co.
Via della Spada 38/r, Firenze, FI. Italia

Orologi Machin
Frazione Osais Pesariis 2, Prato Carnico, UD, Italia

Giuggiù di Angela Caputi
Via Santo Spirito 58/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Ascione
Angiporto Galleria Umberto I, Napoli, NA, Italia

Platimiro Fiorenza – artista del corallo
Via Osorio, 36, Trapani, TP, Italia

Bottega d’arte Mortet
Via Borgo Garibaldi, 112, Oriolo Romano, VT, Italia

Argenti d’Arte di Emilio Marchesini
Viale Europa, 178, Villabate, PA, Italia

Alessio Sorrentino
Via Tironi, 7/11, Torre del Greco, NA, Italia

Coralli e Preziosi di Graffeo e Damiano
Via Antonio Roasi, 11, Trapani, TP, Italia

Aniello Piacente
Via Trentola, 193, Ercolano, NA, Italia

Fogarizzu
Via Belvedere, 5, Pattada, SS, Italia

Orafo Bonucci
Piazza della Rocca, 3, Viterbo, VT, Italia

Oreficeria Dogale Venezia
Ruga S. Apollonia, Ponte Canonica, Venezia città Castello

Elegance
Via Martiri d'Ungheria, 45, Abano Terme, PD, Italia

Laura Balzelli
Corso Antonio Fogazzaro, 131, Vicenza, VI, Italia

Daniela Vettori
Contrà Paolo Lioy, 9/13, Vicenza, VI, Italia

Anna Fornari gioielli d’arte
Via Deliziosa, 9, Perugia, PG, Italia

Ca D’or Gioielli
Via dei Priori, 37, Perugia, PG, Italia

Corrado De Meo
Via Carlo Goldoni, 52, Livorno, LI, Italia

Oro Nero Gioielli
Contrada Fiastra, 69 Lottizzazione Passo Colmurano, MC, Italia

Di Giacomo 1870
Via Boezio, 37, Roma, RM, Italia

Mancini Luxury
Corso Guglielmo Marconi, 18, Civitavecchia, RM, Italia

Percossi Papi
Via di Sant'Eustachio, 16, Roma, RM, Italia

Bottega Barbanti
Via Sant'Eufemia, 45, Modena, MO, Italia

Ventrella
Via Carlo Poerio, 11, Napoli, NA, Italia

Orafi Perri
Via Nazionale, 95, Corigliano Calabro, CS, Italia

Goddi Salvatore
Via Gonario, 5, Nuoro, NU, Italia

Gioielleria Carta Francesco e Figlio Eredi di Carta Pierandrea
Via G. Garibaldi, 47, Cagliari, CA, Italia

FOGLIA FIRENZE 1935
Via dell’Argin Secco, 2/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Penko Bottega Orafa Artigiana
Via Ferdinando Zannetti, 14/16 r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Amadeo Laboratorio Orafo
Via della Repubblica, 13, Urbino, PU, Italia

Argenteria Dabbene
Largo Claudio Treves, 2, Milano, MI, Italia

Buccellati
Via Monte Napoleone, 23, Milano, MI, Italia

Musy Padre e Figli
Via Po, 1, Torino, TO, Italia

Loredana Mandas
Via Sicilia, 31, Cagliari, CA, Italia

Gioiellerie Cinzia Gucciardo
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 23/25, Trapani, TP, Italia

Enzo Liverino
Via Montedoro, 61, Torre del Greco, NA, Italia

Enrico Cirio
Via Pietro Micca, 21, Torino, TO, Italia

Tommaso Pestelli
Via Borgo SS Apostoli 20/r, Firenze, FI, Italia

Argentiere Pagliai
Borgo San Jacopo, 41, Firenze, FI, Italia

Rosmundo Giarletta
Corso Garibaldi 88/90/92, Eboli, Salerno, Italia

Le Sibille
Via Carlo Mirabello, 23, Roma, RM, Italia

Giuseppe Villa
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 23, Milano, MI, Italia