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Friday, June 25, 2010

Light, Durable Silver and Gold Jewelry from Calgaro

Combining the art and techniques of gold jewelry making and textile design has been the cornerstone of the fine jewelry creations of Calgaro, based in Vicenza, Italy.

Goldsmith Giuseppe Calgaro and textile designer Monica Fin first began working together in 2000 as technological advancements in gold and jewelry manufacturing met their vision of creating elegant, woven, fabric-like gold and silver jewelry designs. They formed the company, Calgaro, three years later. In January, the company merged with Italian gold and silver fashion jewelry designer Rosato, but will continue to produce its own designs under its brand. Among their design innovations are the development of gold crochet (pictured left) and dying silver thread in many bold, vibrant colors.

During the Couture Show at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, held early June, they released their latest collections for the U.S. market, including “Jealousy,” (pictured above and left) and Asia.

In Jealousy, silver colored wire has the appearance and feel of soft fabric while retaining its strength and elasticity. The creators call it a “long-lasting embrace, an embrace of love, of passion.”

In Asia (below), inspiration was taken from the orient as the “hypnotic appeal of this land becomes a story carved on the surface of these jewels.” And again technology is employed as laser drawings to create silk-like embroideries.

The collection includes long necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Again there’s contrast. On one hand the precious metal is in its natural color, in a shine black or in a particular shade of rose. On the other hand the silver turns into a myriad of fine threads, feather-light, yet tough.