Silvia Lai Vetrina E'
Silvia Lai’s Vetrina È, situated in the charming Marina district of Cagliari, welcomes you with its expressive creations, jewellery that harmoniously combine the apparently contrasting perfect, cold beauty of metal with the warmth emanating from cork. This skilled craftswoman’s jewellery reproduces natural elements through her own cork crafting method, transforming cork into well-defined organic forms, clearly evocative of the landscapes of the island. Silvia learned the goldsmith’s techniques during her apprenticeship at a renowned goldsmith’s workshop in Cagliari. She later specialised in the mirror finishing of metal at a Vicenza-trained goldsmith’s. A personal decorative vision strongly linked to the archaic symbolism of Sardinian and Mediterranean culture characterise her work.
Her collection consists of two production lines combining silver with either cork or copper. The archaic and symbolic shapes expressed with contemporary taste are enhanced by the contrast between the tangible texture of cork and copper and the mirror-like silver finishings. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants and earrings are available in many versions and can also be customised on request.
Cork is crafted using a personal technique transforming and adapting it to the different needs of the design. Several traditional goldsmith’s techniques are also used, with particular attention given to the mirror finishing of metal.
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