Etruscan Inspired Works of Art from Pierotucci Italy


For more than one reason February is associated with red and hearts – Pierotucci is embracing the challenge to show you something red every day.  Just a little reminder to Go Red for Women and take care of your heart.

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Italians have a long history of working gold, bronze and silver into beautiful and intricate designs. In fact, many will trace this skill back to Etruscan times.

The Etruscans took great pleasure in wearing ostentatious gold jewellery. …. The gold jewellery was often ornamented with filigree (fine wire) and granulation (tiny gold granules) formed into patterns. This latter technique has been mimicked in recent times but modern goldsmiths have never achieved the powder-fine granules of the Etruscan metalworkers.  The British Museum

Though technology is on our side, we are learning something new everyday but for the most part the origins of the Etruscans are lost in prehistory. Historians have no literature, no texts of religion or philosophy; therefore much of what is known about this civilization is derived from grave goods and tomb findings.  However the one thing we do know for sure is that they were highly skilled goldsmiths and left a wealth of innovations that we have only just recently begun to replicate.  Pierotucci has a corner of the store dedicated to this “piccole opere d’arte”  (little works of art) featuring Tuscan artisans who have been well trained in working 18K yellow, pink and white gold into these lovely expressions.

18K Yellow Gold Pendant Etruscan

Such techniques as filigree, the art of curling, twisting and plaiting fine pliable threads of metal.  Above you can see an example of filigree and blue / red enameling, this is a decoration technique in which a glass of certain composition is fused to the surrounding or under laying metal. Although the exact origins are unknown, the art of enameling has been practiced since ancient times.  Below you can see a sample of filigree and granulation.  The art of granulation means that it is made entirely out of tiny spheres of almost pure gold. These spheres were carefully arranged on thin beaten sheets of gold and then the entire piece was heated to a temperature high enough to form a permanent bond between the surface and the spheres.  This goldsmithing technique, called granulation, would fall from fashion around 6oo C.E. and the skills and knowledge needed to create this exquisite jewelry would vanish for more than a thousand years.  Though the work of filigree has been imitated throughout the years, the true work of granulation appears to have been only deciphered in the early part of the 20th century after important work was started by the famous Victorian goldsmith Alesandro Castellani.

18K Yellow Italian Gold Filigree Flower Charm with genuine diamond

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About Pierotucci

Since 1972 Pierotucci has been designing and producing classic Italian Leather goods for men & women, including leather bags, leather handbags and purses, leather jackets and leather accessories such as wallets, gloves, belts and much more.
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