Modify the color of gold with the hands? It’s possible. There are those expert craftsmen who know exactly what to do with a burin and hammer. Creating finishings of every kind and textures with surprising effects
Only enormous passion can urge someone to embark on an artisan goldsmith career, now more than ever. A profession that requires great physical effort, rare manual skills, extreme attention to detail, culture and knowledge of jewelry in all its forms and eras, as well as limitless creativity able to mix all these elements together and merge them into something extraordinary. A mixture that has a hint of magic, that can be understood at the touch, by skimming surfaces that transmit all the knowledge needed to create them.
Hammering out only natural appearances, perfectly, like the scaly skin of a reptile, the finest engravings, reminiscent of ancient fabric, gold-leaf openwork that looks just like elaborate lace, recalling to memory a distant past and sumptuous decorations in aristocratic palaces.
A lined mirror effect, a “rough” texture with a thousand lines that intersect randomly, alternations of shiny and opaque grain that enhance an item’s three-dimensionality, meticulously engraved boules of even the tiniest size. Talent at its purest, that operates through the oblique point of a burin to shape and bevel soft swirls and trimmings, to then refine them with abrasive paste and brushes, chosen with care from over 20 at hand.
Now as then, in the days of the Etruscans, the Ancient Romans and Benvenuto Cellini, every single step is done by hand, in a constant aesthetic search that never ceases unless perfection has been achieved. Age-old techniques that care nothing for the time needed to obtain a specific effect, as in the case of polishing with a thin cotton thread. Slowly, especially in a world that does nothing but run.
All done with absolute precision and therefore irreplaceable. “Mirable Surfaces” to be admired with the eyes and hands. Forever.