Not only gold, silver, and beads

Venice itself is such a unique city that it attracts a variety of influences in the artistic-cultural field, creative ideas and style cues.

 

Even when it comes to jewelry, gems, and other accessories.

 

Objects to wear every day or for a special occassion, but always to be jealously "kept", not so much just as objects but as treasures of memories and experiences. A visit to Venice is, in fact, an opportunity to make (or receive) an important gift, but also to repair, adapt, and give new life to all those precious pieces that need expert hands to be appreciated over time.

 

Every taste and need can be satisfied: in the classic Venetian goldsmith's art and in the most bizarre and extravagant creations such as, for example, collage earrings with images of masks, dragons, ships, and flowers and paper collars made of rubber thread.

Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches and a thousand other accessories can be custom-designed and adorned with filigree, seals, fretwork, engravings, and other inlays. Jewel-amulets, such as skulls or ebony moretti, initially inserted into gold and black/white enamel earrings. The imagination of Venetian goldsmiths has declined over time, embellishing busts and turbans with pearls, emeralds and rubies, creating real miniature sculptures. As a poet composes his verses, skilled artisans model unique pieces, working on the smallest details until they are perfect.

In the workshops, tools are used to chisel, cut, and melt and, with magnifying glasses, every piece of jewelry, including men's jewellery, is closely examined. From cufflinks to signet rings, traditionally worn on the little finger to sign documents with sealing wax, today they are the symbol of corporations, wealth, and privilege. Many metals and alloys in Venice are enriched with glass elements such as beads. At one time their manufacture was forbidden because they were synonymous with counterfeiting, but they soon proved to be so beautiful that various types were produced and used as merchandise for exchange with Africans and Americans. Conterie are small colored glass beads, segments of pierced canes irresistible in color and brilliance, also used to make lampshades and flowers. The paternostri, which take their name from the prayer rosaries, were made of ground rock crystal and then glass. This was followed by lampwork beads, rods of colored glass shaped with a flame, first from oil combustion and then gas.

Lampwork beads can be submerged (by superimposing different layers of glass), millefiori (also called mosaic, by melting different sections of canes) or floral (with very thin threads of glass wrapped or drawn onto the surface).

 

New or old, tiny or huge, transparent or opaque, multicolored or monochrome: the beauty of Venetian beads does not go out of fashion, but rather their charm increases with time. A tradition that survives thanks to the "perlere", the artisan creators of lampwork beads, and the "impiraresse", women who nimbly thread (impirano, in Venetian dialect) many conterie beads with a single gesture.

 

They use a fan of long needles (the palmetta) and a scoop called “sessola”, also used to empty water from boats. Simple but wise gestures from which true Venetian beauty is often formed, where the creative flicker adds rarity, flair, character, and genius. 

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