Gigi Mariani. Infinite potential of metal

Works of italian jeweler Gigi Mariani take on the aspect of an ancient relic. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulfur, he conceals the preciousness of the noble metal.

Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age. Mariani counteracts his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas through his precise, geometric forms.

About his work tha artist said: “I avail myself of antique goldsmith techniques that have almost fallen into disuse, such as niello and granulation, personalizing them in order to give my work a distinctive character. I work with precious metals, combining them with other metals such as iron, copper and brass.

My work is based on spontaneity and instinct. I try to transfer everyday emotions into my jewellery in an impulsive way. This method allows me to develop works that are unique and sculptural. I endeavor to use the same sort of approach as I do when painting and often treat the surface of the metal as a canvas. This instinctive approach is counteracted by the precise, geometric forms that I use, whereby everything seems to be brought back into place”.

Bracelet Cracks, 2012. Silver, 18ct gold, niello, patina.

Ring Will remain a sign, 2013. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, amber, niello, patina

Ring Glasses, 2012. Silver,18kt yellow gold, niello, glass

Bracelet Different aspects, 2015. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello patina

Ring In balance, 2014. Silver, 18kt gold, niello, patina

Solitaire necklace, 2013. Silver, 18kt red gold, niello, patina

Painting sereies 1 ring. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina

Ring Parallel Worlds, 2014. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina

Brooch Dreams, 2014. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina

Drawing and ring

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