Gigi Mariani

Gigi Mariani’s jewellery is like a miniature sculptural object that is able to at once “sit” on the wearer’s hand and also exhibit itself as a piece of art in the room. Mariani emphasises that in creating his work he tries to form a relationship with sculpture, moving away from the common notion of jewellery. For him, surface and texture fascinate…the coal-like dark, rough outer layer of oxidised metal is like a cast-iron setting through which gold and silver has broken through. Mariani says that just as a painter has his canvas upon which to sublimate his emotional world, so he has his jewellery, in which common feelings are spontaneously transformed.