Inspired by the opulence of Italy's powerful Medici family, our bejeweled butterfly pin alights on a sweater or lapel for a touch of Renaissance luxury. The Medicis were a wealthy political dynasty who dominated Florence for centuries beginning in the 1300s, and their support of artists and architects paved the way for the Renaissance. A father and son jewelry-making studio in the northern city of Vicenza creates this golden butterflyfarfalla in Italianusing the lost-wax casting method.
Handcrafted in Vicenza, Italy. 18-karat gold-plated sterling silver with pearl, emerald, and ruby. 2"W x 1 1/4"H.
This graceful cameo is hand-carved in the southern
Italian town of Torre del Greco, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, using the pink and ivory of the conch shell. The artist delicately carves away the outer layer of the shell ...