Crafted from the ores of the earth, silver is one of the most priceless metals discovered. As one of the seven metals of antiquity, this brilliantly lustrous metal distinguishes itself not only with its appearance but through its diverse uses.
A flat sheet of silver can be melted, molded and refashioned into various forms and shapes. Silverware, the most common expression of silver craft, effortlessly enhances the overall aesthetics of the space while giving us the satisfaction of its ownership.
Artemest takes you on an exceptional journey to the discovery of Italian silverware; from delicately crafted everyday items to treasured pieces of personal indulgence. The enduring nature of silver ensures that the pieces will be valued by many generations.
The Italian silverware traditions are deeply rooted in its history. For centuries, Italian workmanship is counted as one of the finest in the world, and it only continues to grow in all its splendor.
The fascination for handmade silver goes back to early civilizations when it was first used as a form of coinage. With the monetary value added to this rare metal, it became a significant marker of wealth and prestige.
Silver is a very spiritual metal. Crafting objects in silver is a responsibility toward history.
Pampaloni, a Florentine silver factory from 1902, continues its century-old mastery of processing of silver into elegant dinnerware and accessories. Known for his ‘fine silverware’, the intricacy and technicalities of metalworking are best represented by this fascinating tableware for formal dinners.
Italian Silversmiths, until today, continue to carry on the age-old technique of handcrafting silver. Apart from being time-intensive, silversmithing requires patience, attention to detail, and the proficiency of hands to manipulate a silver ore into marvelous objects.
The designs are cut from flat sheets of silver. A series of actions such as hammering, bending, beating, define the density of the material. One hammer blow at a time, and gradually the shapes start forming. Thousands of hammer blows and repeated annealing attain the finished shape.
Although the techniques of silversmithing
Modern silversmithing is rooted to its past, but quickly evolving into the future.
Blending new and ancient techniques, Petri Firenze creates decorative items with silver and other decorative materials such as shells, gemstones, corals and animal horns. The ebony jewelry box embellished with silver rhinoceros is a delight to see, hold and touch.