The gold of the Roman Castles
In the territory of the so-called Roman Castles we can breathe the love and passion of craftsmanship. Today's route takes us to the discovery of goldsmiths.
Our path starts from Genzano, in via Filippo Pizzicannella 58, with Andrea Scoppoletti's jewels in his Eurogold, a goldsmith workshop with all the professionals for craft jewelry making. The services of the laboratory inlcude die casting services, embedding, printing presses and repairs. Founded by three partners from different craft experience, Eurogold has its own production of gold Etruscan style, distributed in different stores under its own brand.
In Velletri, in Corso della Repubblica 219, there is the goldsmith's workshop of Mario Cipriani with his high aesthetic value jewelry. Mario Cipriani attended the Art Institute in Velletri and then worked in different workshops in Rome, where he had the chance to hone a multitude of working techniques. The passion for gold jewelry led him to open his own workshop in 1971, in Velletri where he still continues to work. Any work produced in the laboratory is made entirely by hand, using techniques honed over the years of study and work. The experience and passion that have always guided his creativity led him to the development of unique jewelry, combining tradition and innovation.
If you visit the Roman Castles, you have to stop in Frascati. In Piazza del Gesù 6, there is the goldsmith the Pomod'oro by Gianluca Mochi. The jewels are totally handmade and unique pieces: modern design jewelry, mountings for stones and gems, Etruscan-inspired jewelry, custom-designed jewelry. In the workshop you can watch the artistic process called lost wax casting: models or microsculptures are developed in wax with the use of spatulas and other tools. Always passionate about minerals and gems, Mochi arrived in Colombia to the inaccessible mines of Muzo, where the most beautiful emeralds in the world are found and in India for the rubies, specifically to improve his knowledge and his ability to work these precious materials. One of his excellence is the granulation, a technique dating back to the Etruscans that involves the soldering of small golden balls appropriately forged on a drawing made on a gold plate.