RR Orafi was founded in 1983 in Sassari by Riccardo Dessì and Rocco Onnis. The two Sassari-born partners (and schoolfellows since primary school) started to work in 1977 at the workshop owned by Riccardo's father, pursuing a tradition carried out by three generations of jewellers. Two years later, in 1980, they moved to Valenza Po, one of the most important hubs of European goldsmith's art, to learn crafting techniques different from the traditional Sardinian ones, collaborating with goldsmith masters in several workshops. These experiences resulted in an original collection inspired by traditional craftsmanship, but modified and with a more contemporary touch.
The production is varied and includes sophisticated jewels inspired by goldsmith traditions used by millenium-old Mediterranean cultures, reinterpreted in a more contemporary style. They are the result of a non-stop research and experimentation. The goldsmith workshop crafts 750 gold and 925 silver jewels with precious, semi-precious stones, and other materials, such as textiles and wood. The different types of work and the combinations of jewels give birth to jewel collection that include a large variety of rings, bracelets, brooches and earrings.
The typical jewel finishes are the result of an entirely hand-made craftsman's production, during all its stages, from design to finish. Traditional goldsmith's techniques are combined with more classic techniques. The jewels crafted often feature more than one technique, including fully hand-made filigree. RR Orafi crafts jewels using 925 silver Sardinia filigree, crafted both manually and using lost wax casting and galvanic burnishing and gilding.
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