Irina Leoncini is a goldsmith: she observes and abstracts the lines and forms of nature. She translates the Tuscan landscape into metal and stones.
Her dream is a strip of land stretching along the English Channel, between Devon and Dorset, the so called Jurassic Coast, an open air reserve of fossil records. Its landslides, cliffs and beaches reveal the history of Earth across 185 million years. It is to this Southern strip of England that Irina Leoncini would like to go: to hunt for ammonites, which are her passion.
As a dream it’s anything but trivial and it’s enough to set foot in her workshop to better understand how rooted it is in her daily life. Irina is a goldsmith, but she’s been passionate about hard stones and fossils since her childhood. It was natural – she says – to combine them with silver, copper or brass; to go in search of them is a part of the job and, we understand, one of the most enjoyable. She goes to antique markets, she walks, she scans the countryside in the surrounding of Gambassi Terme, she visits abandoned quarries, looking for fragments of onyx, jasper and quartz…customized and unique jewel.
Just come up with an idea, Irina will help you to make it real.