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ENRICA | Goldsmith workshop

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My name is Enrica, I have a small shop in Sarzana, a small Medieval town between the "5 terre" and Tuscany, where I create silver and bronze jewels with the wax jack technique.
My jewels are inspired by the nature around me, by the sea and by the woods where I often go for long walks. They are little sculture with soft and sinuous shapes, I often add them some cultured pearls or precious stones, to make them even more unique.
Every single piece is created in wax, like a little sculture, and then it is liquefied in silver or bronze and hand finished in the workshop that you can see.
The metal is made partly polished and partly opaque, sometimes it is treated with acids and oxides, that give each object an antique and unique patina.
I have always wanted to do this job, since I was a child I plait branches, flowers and blades of grass to make them jewels that reminded the metal. Now, that I am grown-up, I work and shape the wax to reproduce the branches, the flowers and the nature shapes that I made at that time.
I did my first goldsmith course in London and then I continued with other wax and metal modeling courses in Milan. There I worked in the small shop of a goldsmith master, where I learned the technique and the secrets of the artisanal production.
About ten years ago I moved to Liguria where I have opened my laboratory.

ENRICA | Goldsmith workshop


THE STORY
My name is Enrica, I have a small shop in Sarzana, a small Medieval town between the "5 terre" and Tuscany, where I create silver and bronze jewels with the wax jack technique. My jewels are inspired by the nature around me, by the sea and by the woods where I often go for long walks. They are little sculture with soft and sinuous shapes, I often add them some cultured pearls or precious stones, to make them even more unique. Every single piece is created in wax, like a little sculture, and then it is liquefied in silver or bronze and hand finished in the workshop that you can see. The metal is made partly polished and partly opaque, sometimes it is treated with acids and oxides, that give each object an antique and unique patina. I have always wanted to do this job, since I was a child I plait branches, flowers and blades of grass to make them jewels that reminded the metal. Now, that I am grown-up, I work and shape the wax to reproduce the branches, the flowers and the nature shapes that I made at that time. I did my first goldsmith course in London and then I continued with other wax and metal modeling courses in Milan. There I worked in the small shop of a goldsmith master, where I learned the technique and the secrets of the artisanal production. About ten years ago I moved to Liguria where I have opened my laboratory.
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EXPERIENCES WITH ENRICA

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JOURNEY OF A JEWEL

Enrica, goldsmith workshop

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I would love to take you to my kingdom for few hours. I want to show you how I make my jewels, from the initial idea until its realization in wax with the ancient technique called “lost wax”. I will show you some kind of jewelery waxes and the tools that I use. These are needed to create little sculptures that will become jewels once cast in silver or bronze. I will also would like to show you the final manufacturing made on the piece of metal. The way in which it is completed, welded with the gas torch, and the way in which pearls and stones are set. It takes time and experience to create a jewel with the lost wax technique. That is why this will be a short but intense visit so you can have a little taste of this creative and ancient craft.

SARZANA, Sp

WORKSHOP

CREATE YOUR NUGGET

Enrica, goldsmith workshop

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In this workshop I will help you transform some old silver pieces into little nuggets. These can be turned into pendants or rings that could be personalized with your initials. A nice memory to bring back home. To make your nugget even more personalized, you can take some small pieces of broken jewels of yours. These will be tested, and later we can melt them through a gas torch. Then, by using a hammer, a file and sand paper we will shape them. This is just a little taste of the jeweler's job...

SARZANA, Sp

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