Argenti National Museum, Pitti Palace, Florence , Italy

Banci Banci Jewels is part of Caterina de Medici’s jewels collection since 2010. Ornella Casazza, Director of Argenti National Museum of Pitti Palace chose: Dome and  Genesis, contemporary jewels with echo of the Renaissance  masterpiece.

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Dome

An ancient text says that God is a circle whose centre is everywhere but whose circumference is nowhere. The circle has a divine relationship, and since ancient times it represents eternity, as it has neither beginning nor end.

Famous artists have painted on circular surfaces, finding compositional solutions closely related to this geometrical form. In some cases, like in the “Virgin and Child” by Botticelli, the final optical effect is spherical. I wanted to keep this idea in mind, and did compositional research on the circle as the limit of an inscribed polygon.

The “Dome” has multiple meanings. It may be a womb, which contains the growing seed of life; the sacred place which represents and contains the Divine Mystery; the mantle of the Virgin and Child, and, finally, Wisdom. The diamond placed on the lantern of the dome and the semi-mobile pearl inside the dome are dedicated to the Mother who gives birth to the Child.

Daniela Banci

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Genesis

The ring symbolically represents a portion of the DNA double helix. It contains the elements that bring life to that seed which has never died.

Father, Mother, Child, this is how the world goes. It represents a trilogy in which everyone “IS” with the contribution of the other two. Movable navettes in yellow gold are joined by a linchpin. One contains three egg-shaped Australian pearls in golden yellow representing mother, father and child.

The other holds the finger of the wearer, which is visible between the solid and empty spaces, between the curved segments and the tips.

With this jewel I want to express my love for the birth of the world, for the familiarity that unites and identifies humans – the father who is embodied through the child in the mother – the entire genesis.

Marzia Banci

 


Argenti National Museum, Pitti Palace, Florence , Italy

The Argenti/Silver Museum is part of the Pitti Palace in Florence. Founded in the second half of the nineteenth century, is housed in the side wing of the northern main building of the palace, within which spans 14 rooms on the ground floor (summer apartments which are accessed from the courtyard of Buontalenti) and in 13 rooms above the mezzanine floor. The museum is also called the Medici Treasure, although some pieces Datin at the time of the next Lorraine, and contains an extensive collection of priceless pieces of gold, silver, cameos, crystals, works in ivory and precious stones. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

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