Monday, December 9th, 2013

Gigi Mariani

1H gigi mariani - Cracks - bracelet - silver, 18kt yellow gold,niello, patina


2H gigi mariani - Contact - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, oxidation,patina


I have been a goldsmith for over twenty-five years in Modena, Italy. Since I was a young man, I’ve been interested and attracted to metals and it’s infinite capabilities, especially it’s overlapping, oxidation, and sequences of layers. With my work, I try to transfer every day emotions into contemporary jewelry and unique pieces in a simple, informal and spontaneous way. This permits me to develop new situations and the art appreciators to develop  feelings from these situations. My goal is to move from the concept of simple jewelry, to a larger concept of sculpture and art piece.

I utilize antique and unique goldsmith techniques, such as NIELLO and GRANULATION, personalizing them in order to distinguish my work from others.  I work with precious metals combining them with other metals such as iron, copper and brass. My jewelry is usually finished by material textured, which hides to the naked eye the precious metals. As a painter uses his canvas to express his or her feelings, I use my jewelry as base for expressing mine. 


3H gigi mariani - Glass - ring - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, glass, patina


4H gigi mariani - Dance - bracelet- ,silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina


5H gigi mariani - Flower - ring - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina.


6H gigi mariani - So quiet! - ring - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina


9H gigi mariani - Enjoy - ring - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, granulation, patina


10H gigi mariani - Ferris wheel - bracelet - silver, 18kkt yellow gold, niello, patina


11H gi mariani - Hold on! - ring - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina


14H gigi mariani - Cracks - ring - silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello,patina


I’m really glad to present the gorgeous jewelry by Gigi Mariani who won 1st Prize in Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewelry 2013.  I had the opportunity to appreciate his jewels in person and was lucky to meet him during the last edition of JOYA in Barcelona. Using shapes such as circles, spheres, cylinders, cubes, he makes sculptural compositions and gives his jewels pictorial textures finishing them mainly in a dark color obtained through the niello technique. For more information please visit his website and this interesting interview on You Tube by clickling here.


Estic molt contenta de presentar-vos les fabuloses joies d’en Gigi Mariani qui va guanyar el 1er Premi de la Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewelry 2013. Vaig poder apreciar al natural les seves peces i el vaig conèixer personalment a la darrera edició de JOYA a Barcelona. Utilitzant formes com cercles, esferes, cilindres, cubs contrueix composicions esculturals i dona a les seves joies textures pictòriques tot acabant-les amb la tècnica del niello. Trobareu més informació al seu web així com també en aquesta interessant entrevista al You Tube.



One Response to “Gigi Mariani”

  1. kim says:

    Gigi Mariani’s work is a delight for the eyes, thank you for sharing it!

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