Good morning, my precious friends, today I will tell you about a chance encounter with one of the greatest masters of Italian gold jewelery, Diego Percossi Papi.I was in my office, on a usual boring working day, and as I was passing from one room to another I saw a gentleman sitting on the desk with one of my bosses, drawing on a blank sheet of paper with a pencil. Looking at him I realized I was almost sure I knew him…Obviously, my curiosity distracted me… So I asked a colleague who was passing by on the corridor,and he told me that the person sitting there is Giuliano Percossi Papi… At that point I couldn’t miss the opportunity to introduce myself to him.
Giuliano and his sister Valeria both contributed to the creation of Diego’s brand, which is now one of the most appriciated and recognized brands of Italian jewelry in the world.Getting to know Percossi Papi’s family was really an honor and a pleasure for me, and being able towear some of their masterpieces was an extremely exciting and rewarding experience.
I got lost amongst small polygone sculptures, complex jewels of baroque style, amongst gold necklaces and incredible reproductions of animals, enameled sailboats, jewels that you imagine around the neck of a royal lady. I felt teleported into a fantasy world, where everything is possible, where no jewelry is excessive, where even the glitz is a game as well as a way of living.Any article you read about Diego Percossi Papi will tell you that his inspirations come mainly from history, but I saw in his jewels a whole world, a real passion for beauty, for sculptures, for nature and for life.His creations are never banal or obvious, they are instead unique and unrepeatable pieces, created for a single person, for a neck, an ear, a specific face, made especially for that.
This is perhaps the secret of his succes in the cinema. Each jewel is born for a specific situation or for a single drama. Directors like the Taviani brothers, Monicelli or Diaz Yanes chose his masterpieces for the faces of Cate Blanchett, Leatitia Casta, Sofia Loren, Isabelle Huppert and many other women from the entertainment world.
The cinema has increased the notoriety of an artist who, since 1968, the year in which he began his activity, has established himself in first the Italian and then also the international art scene.His main productions are linked to jewelry, but he always created objects of various kinds as well, from ecclesiastical furnishings to accessories for the haute couture.