Jewelry materials

A colourful selection

handmade jewelry using materials like tourmalines, paper, gold leaf. Colourful design and rendering by the artist Gian Luca Bartellone, Bodyfurnitures, Italy

I have always been fascinated by paper as an easily obtainable, ductile and malleable material, so it was a perfectly natural decision for me to move from traditional jewelry towards using paper as a main element for unusual and exceptionally light pieces. Its intrinsic softness and shock resistance make paper an ideal material for bold creations, as it allows for voluminous shapes and extraordinary lightness.

Paper is a true chameleon: it can be coloured, gilded and treated in wide a variety of ways. This makes it an ideal partner for a number of other materials, such as gold, pearls, gems, copper, iron and antique textiles in a mixture of shapes and colours that form unique, precious pieces of jewelry. Each piece of jewelry starts out as an idea subsequently refined in a detailed drawing and finally takes shape as a three-dimensional object accompanied by a description, the original drawing and a list of all materials employed.


Materials used

  • alluminio – aluminium
  • ambra – amber
  • ametista – amethyst
  • carta – paper
  • cartapesta – papier-mâché
  • citrino – citrine
  • corallo – coral
  • corindone – corundum
  • diamante – diamond
  • ferro – iron
  • filo metallico – metal wire
  • foglia d’argento – silver leaf
  • foglia d’oro 22kt – gold leaf 22kt
  • granato – garnet
  • iolite – iolite
  • magnetite – magnetite
  • olivina – olivine
  • oro 18kt –  gold 18kt
  • peridoto – peridot
  • perla – pearl
  • pizzo –  lace
  • rame – copper
  • rodolite – rhodolite
  • rubino – ruby
  • seta – silk
  • smalti a freddo – varnish
  • smeraldo – emerald
  • tanzanite – tanzanite
  • tormalina – tourmaline
  • turchese – turquoise
  • velluto – velvet
  • zaffiro –  sapphire

Design and rendering, sketch of a handmade unique jewelry by italian artist Gian Luca Bartellone, Bodyfurnitures

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