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Around the World in Eighty Jewels

Giovanni Raspini presents "Around the World in Eighty Jewels"


| 05 May 2022

Eighty incredible creations come to life from the visionary mind of Giovanni Raspini, creating a unique exhibition: Around the World in Eighty Jewels. This fascinating journey in the search for limitless beauty resulted in dozens of genuine masterpieces of goldsmith art, once again providing an extraordinary testimony of exceptional craftsmanship

These artefacts inspired by the boundless marvels that populate the world have been presented in a major exhibition with free admission. The exhibition took place in two stages, the first in Milan from 6 to 8 May 2022 at Palazzo Visconti and the second in Rome from 13 to 15 May 2022 at the Coffee House of Palazzo Colonna. This exhibition is brimming with influences and stems from a desire to break down every wall and border to fully participate, without prejudice or fear, in the splendour that still surrounds us.

A fantastic journey across five continents

Visitors have been accompanied on a fantastic journey around the world through unique, unrepeatable artefacts such as the Antarctic Necklace, featuring a rock crystal representing the icy ridges, surrounded by tiny penguins in silver and black enamel; or the delicate Japan Necklace featuring bamboo, cherry blossoms and two perfectly symmetrical pagodas.

They then arrived in Brazil, where the joyful effervescence of the Rio carnival and the Amazon rainforest give shape to a jewellery set that is an explosion of colours, with tourmalines and quartz and colourful feathers. Meanwhile, some silver monkeys play with green zircons on the beautiful necklace dedicated to Sri Lanka, set against the background of traditional Buddhist temples. And so the eye and the heart are filled with emotions between one continent and the next.

"But the journey is always within us. Travel is an escape from reality. It is a projection into the unknown. It may be Ulysses' challenge outside the Pillars of Hercules or just holidays. A holiday. Searching for emptiness against the boredom of excess."

Giovanni Raspini

A companion volume, published by Edifir Firenze, features an introduction by Franco Cardini and a detailed photographic catalogue.

Nicolas Bouvier wrote, "When travelling, the best thing is to get lost. When you are lost, plans give way to surprises, and it is then, and only then, that the journey really begins." Around the World in Eighty Jewels is embedded in the same feeling, the same desire to break down all walls and borders and fully participate, without prejudice or fear, in the world's beauty. In anticipation of new adventures.

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