My fascination with metals started a long time ago, when as a child I would be secretly pleased every time a temperature thermometer fell, breaking and releasing its mercury inside. I loved observing the mercury form little spheres, before they merged as one. Despite knowing dangers of playing with mercury, watching the metal transform held a hypnotic effect on me.
I design tactile and textured jewellery, recreating a sensation of fairy-tale elegance and enchantment by delicately brushing colours over my work. The Scottish nature is an incredible and wonderful source of inspiration. Being born and raised in Italy, I create pieces where inspirational Scottish landscape and Italian style merge together. Every piece is carefully crafted with consideration of texture and colour to create a unique and timeless work. I love teaching the art of jewellery making inspired by nature in private and small group workshops.
Roberta is the owner of the brand Quinta Essenza.
Traditional jewellery techniques: sawing, texturing, filing, annealing, soldering and polishing.
Without a specific order:
• making jewellery when listening to classical music;
• chatting with my children at breakfast when we are not in a rush;
• walking in the countryside;
I do not want my jewellery to be perfect. There is no such thing as perfection. After years of struggling, chasing perfection, I finally understood that this is not possible and that I needed to let it go. I like my jewellery to spring into life, showing vulnerability and transformation. I love when it oxidises and colours fade and change, showing the mutation of time. The only thing we can be sure of is that nothing stays the same. We are surrounded by constant change, evolution and transmutation. Nevertheless I see real beauty in this. The beauty of imperfection, the beauty of authenticity…