Cameos have a very important place in Italian history, culture and lifestyle.  The art of Cameo-making, called Glittica, is one of the most ancient arts of humanity and an art that has had its golden moments in Italy over the centuries. During the Roman Empire, for example, Cameos served to emphasize one’s social status, while in Florentine Renaiss...

Every day since he was 22 years old, Marino Menegazzo has woken up, headed to his workshop, picked up an eight-kilo mallet, and relentlessly beaten thick blocks of gold with it. For two hours, he administers around 30,000 blows to the precious metal, until it’s flattened into a barely-there piece of foil weighing just 0.002 grams–200 times thinner...

oBrn during the Italian Futurist movement of the 1930s, Buccellati’s Hawaii design has survived almost a century of change to become a house classic. As well as being a master goldsmith, founder Mario Buccellati, who established his business in 1919, at the Largo Santa Margherita in Milan, was an elegant draughtsman with a graphic eye, a deft touch...

When some businesses say "We treat you like family," it's just words. With D'Errico Jewelry, it's a reality. In fact, the store's family orientation is so strong that one of Westchester's leading mediacompanies, Westfair Communications, just named D'Errico Jewelry one of the top family-owned businesses in the region. This is part of a pattern. D'Er...

It’s a forgotten nugget of horological history that from the 14th to the 18th century, the Italians (and also, for whatever reason, the Czechs) organized their days starting from sunset using 24-hour clocks mounted on their more illustrious city buildings, including the Duomo of Florence and the bell tower of St Mark’s Square in Venice. Driven by m...

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 6:00pm. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008. Dress code: sparkling! Join us for an evening of luminous elegance as we explore the art of Italian fine jeweler Lucia Odescalchi. In conversation with Ilene Gutman, Deputy Director at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Lucia will let us e...

My February 2018 article, “Voglia d’Italia’: Collecting Italian Art (1870-1935),” covered the vast and multi-discipline art collection of long-term Roman residents, US diplomat George Washington Wurts and his millionaire wife Henrietta Tower. This was held in two Roman monuments, the Palazzo Venezia and the Vittoriano across the street. “BULGARI: t...

The tradition of the art of goldsmithery in Crotone is certainly not as ancient as the city, which was founded by Greek settlers in 710 B.C., but it can still boast of roots that extend far back into history. It also draws its inspiration from Magna Graecia, as demonstrated by the typical filigree and gold work that still bears traces of the style...

Pomellato’s iconic Nudo ring has been a runaway bestseller for the Italian fine jewelry brand and is a cult favorite of luxury jewelry consumers. Nudo, “nude” in Italian, refers to the collections’ prong-free setting, which showcases every angle but the bottom of a gemstone, revealing what Pomellato calls the stones’ “naked splendor.” During Las Ve...

Keira Knightley loves hers, Oprah also wears one, and they are not the only celebrities who wear them. If you wear an Italian charm bracelet you will be entirely on trend. Charm jewelry dates back to ancient times. Egyptian pharaohs used to be buried with expensive gold necklaces which they thought would bring them luck in the after-world. Their gr...