Entirely handmade with Giusto Manetti Battiloro 22 carat gold and silver leaf, the creations reflect a passion for ancient traditions revisited in modern and contemporary style.
The idea of creating a collection of handcrafted jewellery in gold leaf stemmed from an exhibition that Barbara Ross-Innamorati attended in 1970 at The National Gallery, London. This experience allowed her to get up-close and admire the gold leaf mastery of nineteenth century Venetian artist, Gustav Klimt, known throughout the world for his numerous works created using Byzantine gold.
From that moment on, the idea of using gold leaf never left her and, after a brilliant academic career, a family and various jobs in finance, she decided to create an individual style that could use 22 carat gold leaf with jewellery design and in turn, convey her love of art and passion for fashion.
This led to the development in 2009, after months of trials and experiments by her team of 8 expert craftsmen, of a process that was re-adapted from a previous seventeeth century gilding technique.
During the initial coating process, each piece, wrapped in 22 carat gold and silver leaf, is gilded and burnished by hand. Following the application of images or decorative elements, a seal is applied to protect it from external dents. Finally, the finished object is covered by a protective shell.
By selecting the best materials and meticulous attention to detail, the result is a range of durable, elegant and lustrous handcrafted gold leaf jewellery. with a gold colour that recalls the elegance and luxury of pure gold.
The jewellery boasts fabulous designs inspired by Barbara’s countless trips all over the world. From ancient world civilizations to extravagant designs embellished with authentic vintage treasures, each piece becomes a modern heirloom evoking memories and stories.
The bracelet collection, in particular, best reflects her careful focus on design and love of art. The designs are unique: from the Babylon lion from the ‘Ancients’ collection, which re-works the beauty and art of past civilizations in sophisticated and contemporary styles; and the jellyfish in the “Oceania” collection which reflects the beauty and mysteries of sea life through lively and extravagant colours that add a contemporary touch and recall the depths of the sea.
Giusto Manetti Battiloro gold leaf shimmers even in the smallest details reflecting the elegance and beauty of women all over the world.