Amongst the peculiarities of the Borghesi's jewelery is the choice of specialist, often antiquated, techniques, such as granulation, which has Etruscan origins or oriental 'Keum-boo'.

In this section you can choose your piece starting from the technique used to make it: a quick peek behind the scenes at Gallery Borghesi, in the jeweler's workshop in Verona.

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  • "Cuttlebone" casting

    "Cuttlebone" casting

    This technique is dating from the VI or VII century. Two pieces of cuttlebone are flattened, patterns can be created by carving directly into the bone, or by forming an impression with a model. The two halves are then wired together and the molten metal poured in, showing the distinctive marks left by the cuttlebone.

  • Kum-boo


    Keum-boo (also Kum-Boo or Kum-bu- Korean "attached gold") is an ancient Korean gilding technique used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver, to make silver-gilt. Traditionally, this technique is accomplished by first depleting the surface of sterling silver to bring up a thin layer of fine silver. Then 24 carat gold foil is applied with heat and pressure - mechanical gilding - to produce a permanent diffusion bond. 

  • Granulation and Texture

    Granulation e Texture

    Granulation and texturising are two techniques that Borghesi often uses simultaneously. The first is of Etruscan origin and involves attaching to the metal surface, gold or silver, spheres of various diameters or other shapes, typically with dimensions of a few millimetres. The second technique, also called reticulation, is much more recent:  the underlying metal and the surface film shrivels to form a lattice.

  • Hammering Technique

    Hammering Technique

    This method of working metal, used since the third millennium B.C., exploits the ductility of the metal, which is enhanced by slowly heating and cooling. The metal plate or bar, placed on a flat steel surface, is flattened with a hammer, shaped so as to leave a repeated ornamental imprint.