Zaffiro Jewelry Studio
Portland, OR. USA
Jack and Elizabeth Gualtieri of Zaffiro create jewelry featuring the ancient technique of granulation. The husband-and-wife goldsmithing team is not content to merely reinterpret the past; they are dedicated to bringing a modern spirit to an age-old technique, both in their designs and in their craft.
Entirely hand fabricated in their studio in Portland, Oregon, each one of a kind piece is a highly detailed work of art in miniature imbued with the geometries of the natural world. It all starts with the language of spheres that speak through texture, patterns, shadows and light. "We manipulate the tiny spheres, yet they are our meditation as well as our craft."
Seventeen different sizes of granules are individually created in the studio, mostly in the traditional 22kt yellow gold, but also in their custom 22kt white and rose gold alloys as well as in platinum. Whether it is a piece crafted in the traditional 22kt yellow gold, in their custom colored gold alloys, in their distinctive platinum granulation onto 22kt gold, or in hand forged, oxidized silver and 22kt gold, the Gualtieris are always pushing the boundaries of the technique.
Earrings are set with Sunset Zircons (1.48tcw, 5mm), Silky Imperial Topaz (4.85tcw, 7x9mm) and Blue Zircons (.50tcw) in granulated 22kt yellow gold with 18kt yellow gold posts. 1.375"L x .625"W x .25"D