By Michelle Graff
michelle.graff@nationaljeweler.com

Editor’s Note: This is part three in a three-part series.
Scroll down on our 10X blog page for parts one and two.


Gatti3 The retailers and I kicked off the final day of workshop
visits in the coastal town of San Benedetto del Tronto (a town unique, our
guides told us, for its concentration of palm trees--definitely something of a
surprise sight in Italy). We were there to visit the workshop of Gatti
Gioielli
, a family business where the three Gatti brothers, goldsmiths and a
designer work together to produce jewelry crafted through a meeting of
old-world techniques and modern day technology.


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Gatti Gioielli designer Annalisa Giorgetti is a talented
artist, and she hand-renders each of the jeweled designs, like these above, in
painstaking, beautiful detail. The company also uses computer-aided design as
another means of planning the creations that its craftsmen will produce,
including pieces such as these below.

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Above left: Gatti Gioielli necklace, earrings and ring in yellow gold with amethyst, diamonds and kogolong.
Above right: Gatti Gioielli necklace, earrings and ring in white gold with emerald, blue sapphire and diamonds.


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Much of the jewelry is made through the lost-wax technique,
an ancient casting process (molds above left). In a generations-old
tradition, the company also handcrafts metal covers for important books, such
as religious works (craftsman at work above right).

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Later that afternoon, we traveled to the town of Fano, where
we met Carolina and Giuseppe Carbonari (above left), the designers behind Venezia
Classica
.


The Carbonaris design and create jewelry featuring Murano
glass beads and charms from glass master Vanni Tagliapietra. Check out this
bracelet above. I could definitely see it being a hit among bead-collecting shoppers in the United States.


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I also think that link designs such as these would
find plenty of fans stateside, both for their entry-level price points and their
signature Italian style. The chains are crafted from a copper alloy plated with
silver and gold, making for lightweight, wallet-friendly designs.



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