This is the story of my recovery of an old warehouse from which I obtained the period materials for my creations!
"In Bologna there are people who have conservation and recovery in their DNA;
Annarita Vitali, graduated in Urban Planning with the Architect Cervellati, who has always been active in the recovery of historic centers,
he pursued, working on his own, after a collaboration with the Artistic Events Authority and the Gallery of Modern Art, a recovery activity, aimed at jewelery and its creation.
It all started with the purchase of the old "Furlanetto" warehouse.
Founded in 1925, taken over with all the ancient materials, and revived with the artistic creations of Annarita Vitali in 1998.
The company, founded by Romeo Furlanetto in 1925, produced fashion accessories, sold internationally, and collaborated with important designers, including Valentino, Chanel and Balenciaga, of which it was the distributor for Italy ... just to name a few.
On the premature death of Romeo Furlanetto, his wife Maria, a Calestani from Casalmaggiore, took over.
The oldest and most important production of jewels, called 'crazy gold', was located here, since they are not entirely precious, starting from the second half of the 19th century.
It was in fact here that gold-plated was invented, a sheet gold-plated precisely, which had enormous success all over the world.
The industries that produced accessories, but not only, became a consortium, continuing the business until the 1970s.
All would have been lost if the bijoux museum had not been created in 1998, which tells the story of the evolution of bijoux with over thirty thousand pieces, which follows very quickly the evolution of the historical period and related trends.
Just in 1998, when the Furlanetto company in Bologna was closed, Annarita Vitali, after two years of cataloging materials, began producing unique pieces with period materials, precisely those purchased by the aforementioned company.
One of a kind thematic artifacts are created in a villa from the early 1900s, all rigorously made with period materials.
These are thematic jewels, as recurring themes emerge from the materials and their historicization, moreover not only in the world of jewelry but present in many artistic typologies, architecture, iconography, poetry, literature, etc.
The anthropological and social analysis that reveals the reasons for the trends is interesting ... for example shells, the first ornament of man, which emerge cyclically, but one could say seasonally, heraldry, naturalistic themes, etc. "