As born Extremida

Extremida is the brainchild of my life partner, Flavio who, many years ago after having completed his studies to become a goldsmith at Florence’s Institute of Art, began creating oddly-shaped rings. Whilst it remained purely a passion, but one which had continued to grow over time, one day I went up to him whilst he worked with a pair of pliers, a hammer and the fire to create a ring, and I said to him, “let me try?” That opened up a whole new world and I can honestly say that I began as someone who was self-taught. Under Flavio’s watchful eye, I gave my imagination and creativity free rein. There was no way that all of this could simply remain a passion. Nothing would have existed without his idea. I then decided to study the different techniques used in this field in greater depth, by attending a specialist course in jewellery-making in Florence. Gradually our “passion” for this art developed into something more concrete. The shapes have evolved, as have the variety of objects that we create. Not just rings, but also bracelets, necklaces, brooches, hair ornaments and whatever else pops into our heads! Our ideas are endless and the complicity and the touch of playful “competitiveness” that exists between us, contributes to the creation of these pieces of “Set Jewellery”.
Our inspirations?
The flora, which is always different, intrigues us and stimulates us to create shapes that will remain over time.
Extremida is the brainchild of my life partner, Flavio who, many years ago after having completed his studies to become a goldsmith at Florence’s Institute of Art, began creating oddly-shaped rings. Whilst it remained purely a passion, but one which had continued to grow over time, one day I went up to him whilst he worked with a pair of pliers, a hammer and the fire to create a ring, and I said to him, “let me try?” That opened up a whole new world and I can honestly say that I began as someone who was self-taught. Under Flavio’s watchful eye, I gave my imagination and creativity free rein. There was no way that all of this could simply remain a passion. Nothing would have existed without his idea. I then decided to study the different techniques used in this field in greater depth, by attending a specialist course in jewellery-making in Florence. Gradually our “passion” for this art developed into something more concrete. The shapes have evolved, as have the variety of objects that we create. Not just rings, but also bracelets, necklaces, brooches, hair ornaments and whatever else pops into our heads! Our ideas are endless and the complicity and the touch of playful “competitiveness” that exists between us, contributes to the creation of these pieces of “Set Jewellery”.
Our inspirations?
The flora, which is always different, intrigues us and stimulates us to create shapes that will remain over time.

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a few technical notes

We create our designs with brass plate or with existing forms of fusion. As we create the structure we begin to bend, twist and then weld with silver, giving shape to the idea. After which we gild the pieces in the required thickness of gold or silver, thus obtaining a uniform and resistant layer (galvanic gilding discovered by Luigi Valentino Brugnatelli, in Pavia, Italy in 1802). We take the pieces of jewellery and we round them off with semi-precious stones or whatever else, by gluing. The item of jewellery is now ready to be sold!

Galvanic treatment is an industrial process that is used to treat metal surfaces that have been previously cleaned, degreased and treated with acid, to give them their characteristic appearance, resistance to oxidation and corrosion and particular hardness. The process of “gilding” of metals is one example of galvanic treatment. (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Workmanship

The rough brass wire is worked in order to create the setting; the sheet metal plate (in this case) is machined and bent at the actual moment it is required. In the last photo, the fusion of the leaves are intertwined and then welded.

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