The interview recently released to Gioiellis.com by one of the most innovative Italian designers: Mattia Cielo ♦
«If you think that jewelry is fixed thing with time, daughter of ancient traditions and that’s it, you are wrong», begins Mattia Cielo. The Vicenza based designer and goldsmith is, indeed, almost an anomaly in Italian jewelery. Unlike most of his colleagues, in fact, is not afraid to pin the luxury and beauty issue to technology. But the way is not put electronics in a necklace or in a ring: it would be a simple idea. The idea pursued (successfully) by Mattia Cielo, in fact, is another, more complex but also more attractive. «The truth is that we are lucky: from Turin to Venice is a succession of companies able to use technology and to innovate. Just search and visit them, examin on the spot their suggestions, inventions, tools. In many sectors Italy has the world leadership. That’s why I thought using new materials and cutting-edge solutions could be a real innovation in jewelry. For example, micro screws, titanium wires or elements that are used n the aerospace, micro-mechanics and automation, offer the possibility of a different design and greater creativity», says the jeweler, who has a long family history in the spirit of gold and precious stones classical processing.
The search’s results by Mattia Cielo is amazing. One of the first experiments was Armadillo, a ring with an unusual moving armor, similar to one of the animal to which it is inspired: inner springs control the movement of the gold shields with screws that make up the ring. Then came the titanium alloy from aerospace industry, with its cability to change shape but then return to the original position, applied to Rugiada collection spiral bracelets. «Here the movement: only marriage between precious materials and the most advanced technology allows to achieve certain results. But it is not easy to explain to companies committed in such different industries, the needs of a goldsmith, like limited number of pieces, our materials or the design to be met of course what makes beautiful and precious a jewel», adds Cielo.«The comparison, however, in the end, gives the right results». As in the case of the new bracelet Pavone, composed by interlinked arches which oscillate, perfectly synchronized, following the movement of the body. Or the new entry in the collection Vulcano, big volumes in gold 18K resistant but comfortable thanks to technology: a kind of fabric made from structural carbon fibers inserted into molds lined with resin allows to realize oversized jewelry without the problem of space inside that makes the object fragile or on the contrary completely full that makes it too heavy. The concrete proof are the large bracelets and statement groumette necklaces embellished with diamonds, very pleasant to look at and to wear. Monica Battistoni