She was impressed by the idea of wearing a butterfly on her finger writes the Italian jewelry designer Sara Devoti. „Ali“ (Wings) is the title of the work seen in the photo above, typical for her creations in material and design: a super thin natural stone is laminated with gold or Ruthenium (a transition metal belonging to the platinum group). In fact, we are talking about two layers of marble, each unique and some 1 mm thick forming the top and bottom sides (not visible on the photo) of the wings respectively.
But in general the shapes Sara Devoti uses for her jewelry, are abstract. E.g. the „Drappo“ line: left „Drappo Gray“ is composed of white gold with Bardiglio marble; right „Drappo Black“ ensues form a composition of gold and Porto Marble. The final pieces are studded with diamonds.
She uses natural stone from the Toscana, Liguria or Apulia regions of the Alps because: „I want to tie my works to the territory“ she writes.
Sara Devoti comes from a family which worked marble from generation to generation. She visited the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara and worked as a sculptor for the public sector as well for private clients.
She presented her first collier by the name of „Terrestre“ (gold and Paonazzetto marble) in 2011 back when ultra-thin stone was relatively new. She immediately saw the potential for the production of jewelry.
Considerable skills in working the stone are required to obtain the shape and thickness desired as can be seen in „Drappo Grigio“ (white gold and Bardiglio marble). The goldsmith work is carried out in an atelier in Florence.
Her current collection also includes buckles with Classico Travertin in gold frames embossed with Sara Devoti’s trademark…
… by „Sena“ a small square in Giallo Siena marble surrounded by two surfaced in python skin..,
… „Lava“ combines dark volcanic material and bright red leather, framed in Ruthenium.
The frame of the sunglasses are made of gilt metal with Paonazzetto marble inlay.
Sara Devoti (Mail)
Photos: Igor Biagi (Mail)
(20.10.2014, USA: 10.20.2014)