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  • Silver pendant, crafted entirely by hand and decorated with precious brocade, original reinterpretation of the button used traditionally to decorate clothing for men and women. The elegant cone shape is emphasized by the vibrant and sophisticated colour scheme of brocade, a clear reference to the

  • With prized essential lines, the gold earrings of the Modus Auri line stand out for their aesthetics that combine the filigree crafting technique, performed in an innovative experimental manner, with the fine dangling links enriched with small semi-precious stones.

  • These earrings of the Modus Auri line are characterised by the sensitive reference to the local tradition in the addition of a small delicate rattle pendant with a clear apotropaic value, elegantly composed using filigree work performed with innovative and experimental technique.

  • The Button pendant, elaborated with the distinctive trait of this goldsmith's workshop, revives in form the remarkable buttons of the traditional costume and garments for women, realised with fine floral brocade inserts that emphasise the inspiration.

  • This hand-finished silver bracelet and decorated with precious brocades features a simple linearity of shapes and the vibrant colours of the brocade. It embodies the essence of traditional Sardinian costumes and local tradition.

The artisan

In the city centre of Nuoro, in a small elegant jeweller's workshop, Alessandra Mascia and Maurizio Secchi have been carring out their craft and business for twenty years, creating precious pieces of art, resulting in a combination of traditional technical skills and top-level goldsmithry. The workshop hosts rigor and method. A diploma at the Istituto d’Arte di Nuoro, and years of apprenticeship at highly qualified jeweller's workshops in Nuoro and Alghero, for Maurizio. Pursuing their dream to become a reference point of local goldsmith's art, they integrate Sardinian culture with new and original techniques and materials to give shape to their artistic visions. Each jewel has its own story, the result of a long design phase, the result of the expertise of the two professionals who can transform gold, silver, precious stones and fabrics into unique pieces of art, with great skill and dedication.

The collection

By using ancient crafting techniques, in the workshop unique jewels are crafted by hand. A major project promoted by Sardegna Ricerche enjoys fruitful results: the Modus Auri collection, studied to promote the art of filigree-making, is the result of Maurizio's skillful intepretation of the idea conceived by architect and designer Angelo Mangiarotti; the IS project pays tribute to the art of weaving with a collection of pendants shaped in the forms of spools, looms and tamburines, created in collaboration with the only silkworm farmer of Orgosolo, Maria Corda, and Nuoro-based artist Michela Cicalò.

The technique

The main techniques performed in the workshop are: filigree, embossing, fretworking, hammering, engraving, all adapted to the playful fantasy and variety of styles and designs proposed as a reinterpretation of Sardinian culture.

More details on the Mediterranean Crafts Archive

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Where to find them

L’Etoile di Alessandra Mascia e Maurizio Secchi Via Angioi, 5 08100 Nuoro (NU)

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Telefono: + 39 (0)784 35603 - +39 349 1370979

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