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Paolo Penko

Paolo Penko Jewellery maker
Tuesday - Saturday 09:30 - 13:30/15:30 - 19:30
+39 0552052577
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A Florentine treasure

  • • Paolo creates jewels and precious objects
  • • His creations are the result of historical research
  • • His workshop is situated a few steps from the Duomo

Paolo Penko showed a natural talent for his chosen craft from an early age, 40 years dedicated to his craft he maintains a clear vision in his mind: to design and create original and exclusive jewels expressing the heritage of his hometown, Florence. Born into a family of merchants of “rare, small, precious objects”, Paolo says that he found his way to jewellery making by chance, meeting the right person at the right time when he was just a child struggling to decide which school he should attend. Maybe it was written in the stars, as he soon became the jeweller par excellence in Florence, with two different 'bottegas' creating stunning objects inspired by the incredibly rich history and artistic heritage of the capital of Italian Renaissance.

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The Golden Fleece of Cosimo I De’Medici

This golden necklace and pendant was handcrafted from sterling silver and plated with 18k gold and silver 925. The design for the pendant, like many of Paolo Penko's creations, was inspired by the rich cultural heritage that has shaped the city of Florence.

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The sceptre and crown of Cosimo I De’Medici

This sceptre and crown were handcrafted from sterling silver and adorned with 18k gold plate and translucent red enamel. The crown features 8 deep red emeralds, eight iolites, a rich variety of pearls, three diamonds and a sardonyx chalcedony. Paolo Penko draws on historical jewellery pieces to design his original creations.

Length 21.5 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 13 cm
Length 64 cm

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This fantastic brooch was handcrafted using white gold, Keshi pearls, brown diamonds and sapphires. At the centre of the brooch, Paolo Penko has placed a rare star-shaped rose quartz.

Height 9 cm
Width 9 cm

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Ali di Fuoco

This pendant is made with the ancient technique of lost wax casting. The cast pendant has been pierced and engraved with burin according to the ancient Florentine goldsmithing traditions. The jewel is made in white gold, embellished with fire opals, diamonds and various shades of sapphires.

Height 11 cm
Width 8 cm

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This brooch, in the form of a legendary flying fire fish, is made from white gold, rose gold and black gold. The brooch is embellished with white and brown diamonds, one ruby and a wonderful Mexican fire opal.

Height 7 cm
Width 6 cm

Find Paolo Penko in the itinerary

Florence: in the light of the Renaissance
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In the historic city of Florence immerse yourself in craftsmanship that dates as far back as the Renaissance. Follow our recommendations to explore contemporary Florentine craftspeople who are safeguarding centuries-old traditions.

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