Cubism Diamond Signature Ring by Stefano Canturi Cubism Diamond Signature Ring by Stefano Canturi.

In a recent Qantas in-flight magazine I was reading about Stefano Canturi, an incredible jeweller who must be an inspiration to jewellers around Australia. He was speaking about an exhibition showcasing his journey, what inspires him in crafting jewellery and the significance of engineering when it comes to designing complex items.

When he was discussing model making he asked the interviewer, "do you know how significant jewellers have been to engineering?". He goes on to say, "everything starts in miniature because before you create anything on a grand scale, you must create it in miniature. Always in history it was jewellers who helped architects and artists create things as models."

Saltcellar, called the "Saliera", made 1540-1543 in Paris. Gold, covered in part by enamel; base: ebony. Saltcellar, called the "Saliera", made 1540-1543 in Paris. Gold, covered in part by enamel; base: ebony.

What I found inspirational is that he reached out to expand his knowledge by going to one of the geniuses of the Renaissance - Italian goldsmith, sculpture and painter Benvenuto Cellini - to read his manual on crafting jewellery. Stefano even went so far as to experiment with the methods of the time.

At the end of the day, the desire and need to constantly expand our knowledge and to go back in time to look for inspiration, knowledge and skills is the mark of the true craftsman.

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