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RR Orafi

  • These silver earrings crafted with relief decoration revive in form the aprons of the colourful collection of local traditional costumes for women, a reference evidenced by the use of a fragment of brocade. It is part of the Telarzu line inspired by and dedicated to loom weaving.

  • Silver necklace with small hand-made filigree snake-shaped elements, of various lengths and shapes that give the gem elegance and lightness.

  • The fine circular frame of this silver ring in relief work evocative of filigree holds a fragment of brocade, a fine reference to the local traditional costumes for women. It is part of the Telarzu line inspired by and dedicated to loom weaving.

  • Silver and fabric bracelet. The jewel includes elements made of the typical fabric used for saddlebags, and silver elements crafted with the fusion technique. It is part of the Terlarzu collection that combines traditional goldsmith's art textile production.

  • Silver dome ring with its peculiar and honeycomb finish, a reinterpretation of authentic Sardinian wedding rings, crafted with the fusion technique.

The artisan

RR Orafi was founded in 1983 in Sassari by Riccardo Dessì and Rocco Onnis. The two Sassari-born partners (and schoolfellows since primary school) started to work in 1977 at the workshop owned by Riccardo's father, pursuing a tradition carried out by three generations of jewellers. Two years later, in 1980, they moved to Valenza Po, one of the most important hubs of European goldsmith's art, to learn crafting techniques different from the traditional Sardinian ones, collaborating with goldsmith masters in several workshops. These experiences resulted in an original collection inspired by traditional craftsmanship, but modified and with a more contemporary touch.

The collection

The production is varied and includes sophisticated jewels inspired by goldsmith traditions used by millenium-old Mediterranean cultures, reinterpreted in a more contemporary style. They are the result of a non-stop research and experimentation. The goldsmith workshop crafts 750 gold and 925 silver jewels with precious, semi-precious stones, and other materials, such as textiles and wood. The different types of work and the combinations of jewels give birth to jewel collection that include a large variety of rings, bracelets, brooches and earrings.

The technique

The typical jewel finishes are the result of an entirely hand-made craftsman's production, during all its stages, from design to finish. Traditional goldsmith's techniques are combined with more classic techniques. The jewels crafted often feature more than one technique, including fully hand-made filigree. RR Orafi crafts jewels using 925 silver Sardinia filigree, crafted both manually and using lost wax casting and galvanic burnishing and gilding.

More details on the Mediterranean Crafts Archive

Where to find them

RR Orafi Sassari Vicolo S. Leonardo 1/b 07100 Sassari (SS)


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