Why did you develop your figurative honeycomb technique?
What prompted me to study this technique was first of all my desire to find a feature that would identify my brand. In 1997, I used it in my work Te Deum, to describe the history of the Grimaldi family of the Principality of Monaco and mark their 700 years of reign.
When did you chose to become a goldsmith?
During my adolescence. My inspiring muse was my mother, an excellent embroiderer and a woman who loved to wear earrings, rings, necklaces. Subsequently in Florence my passion was strengthened studying the works of the most important representative of this art: Benvenuto Cellini.
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How would you define your profession?
It is not a profession but my passion, my identity. The Italian goldsmiths' workshops are and always will be a heritage and an important foundation of our economy. They witness the values of beauty, refinement and luxury that have always made us unique in the world.
How is your craft linked to where you work?
My whole existence is inextricably tied to the place where I was born: Eboli and its province. All my works and my jewels are entirely inspired by this land, its history, its colours, the wonderful sun of southern Italy and the Amalfi coast.