What is your educational background?
There are no artisans in my family, they used to be merchants of stamps, coins and other rare, small, precious objects. The call came almost by chance: a casual meeting with the world of high jewellery when I was a child.
In what way is your craft linked to the territory?
The history and cultural heritage of Florence have always been an endless source of emotions, and therefore of inspiration for me. Since my beginnings, I let myself be inspired by small architectural details or details of old art pieces that I discover thanks to ongoing historical research.
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What was the key to your success?
My passion has always been at the centre of my craft and for 37 years I’ve been following a clear and distinctive path. I found my own way, I did not copy or imitate anyone. I went deeper and deeper in my research, being able to discover new techniques, and I always did my best to improve.
What does well made mean to you?
In my craft, originality of design and beauty of the stones are fundamental pre-requisites. A strong technique and an obsessive care for details are important too, but the secret of “well made” is the artisans’ will to create something beautiful.