The Royal Jewellers S03 ep10 : Padova e la Scuola dell'oro (Italian Contemporary Jewellery. Padua and its Jewellery School)

Interview with Alberta Vita

Alberta Vita was born in Italy in 1956. She studied at the Pietro Selvatico Art Institute of Padua where she graduated in 1975, where she later also taught between 1989-1996. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions worldwide and her works are exhibited on a permanent basis in the Museo d'Arti Applicate, Musei Civici di Padova. The choice of dedicating herself to contemporary jewellery stemmed from the influence received from other artists in Padua such as Francesco Pavan, Giampaolo Babetto, Piergiuliano Reveane. Her research stems from the study of pure geometrical forms and from the passion for precious stones. Her works present movement, reflect light and different colour tones created by the moving stones in her pieces. Alberta is the ambassador for Peace Marker Italy, and one of 198 collaborating artists working together to shape the global peace offering known as the Worldwide Peace Marker Project. She is widely known for her unique and innovative studio jewellery. Her approach to her art is sculptural with a meticulous penchant for symmetries of elegant and precise intersections of geometry and meaning. Alberta liberates raw gems to yield their beauty while masterfully shielding the gems private mysteries from the possessor of the work. She gives us a new way to experience wearable art. Alberta extends the utility of a ring or a necklace into a narrative of respect for the natural beauty of the earth and an understanding of the elegant way by which we, and everything else, are ultimately connected as one.


The difference about our work in Padova to the other city in Italy is because we do unique pieces, we
don’t do nothing with machine and we cut the stone for every pieces we make. We make pieces
and after we cut a stone for the pieces.

I start when I’m 14 years old. The first day I go to school I fall in love with the jewellery and I
want to do the same my teacher do.

Everything start when I do the first pieces when you start to design the first pieces and when you
start to touch the, I told you I fall in love. The emotion coming, something coming inside I don’t
know to describe, it is difficult for me to describe.

Gold is very clean, is more easy to work, silver is a little, is beautiful too but is a little bit …
oxidated and when you work with gold everything is more clean, the colour the colour is beautiful.

Padua Jewellery School

The first day when we are in the school our teacher give us information and clean our mind, take
everything for, all the information we have before and we start with the dramatic forms and now
everyday is something new coming.

For me now in Melbourne, [Australia] something is coming because the town is completely
different and I see some beautiful architecture, I like the all the, I like the painting the aborigine,
everything coming and I translate everything then I make my pieces.

The pieces I prefer is the rolling stone, I make a pieces with the stone moving and this is start
because I love stone but I don’t like to be the stone stay stuck and I try to make the stone to be free
and I try to do something and I say why I have to fix it and I found a form, that would hold the
stone and keep hold of it.

Padua Jewellery School

The work is I have to say in Italian sorry. [Italian] The work is to roll the ingot of gold or even to
transform it to a wire form and from those forms, the construction and welding and fusion to
develope a piece.

I start with the dramatic form and I try to cut and move and make something nice for woman for
beauty is like a dress or something you use everyday, everyday and you have to change jewellery
every time you change a dress.

With regards to my work, my job is to transform the gold in the most subtle way to give the form
of fine thread.

Padua Jewellery School

This is a broach that represents a Medieval door of Padova - it is called porta Molina and it portays
the antique walls of Padova. The broach was made to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of
the The Cararras who were the founders of Padova.

For my taste and for the sellability of an item, even when I see someone who commissions a ices I
try to develope the piece for the person that I am producing tit for, but always with my signaure

Padua Jewellery School

The development of the design can take some time, to produce a pice like this one can take up to 4
or 5 day, but other pieces such as necklaces can take up to a month to produce.

The design, the design for me is a small sculpture, the stone ties it to the sculpture but the stone is
something that demands things, therefore in my work I dont use them too much - maybe for an
object of architectural I may use them more. Diamonds... when I do use stones I get them cut to my
requirments and shapes.

Kostas: So for you it’s holistic, you want to do everything not just.

They are not precious stones, I use stones that blend and co-exist with my designs

I use precious materials but we have a lot of, I have a lot of we have a lot of people they use
different kind of material, I use stone and silver and gold.

Some collector come and they want some pieces for collection sometimes somebody wants some
pieces for because they have a beautiful dress so they want to put something stay together. It

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