Verona. Alessio Boschi Romeo and Juliette ring and earrings
Love is the Earth’s child!
Although there is no place for family enmity in modern Verona, its streets are saturated with the spirit of an ageless Shakespeare’s theme. To feel the atmosphere of those legendary events you have to visit Juliette’s house on Via Capello, which hospitably opens its door for every visitor who is passionate about this lovestory. And here is the entrance to Casa di Giulietta, adorned with a marble hat – a coat-of-arms of Dal Capello noble family. Why hat? Because this is what an Italian word “capello” means.
– So, let’s talk about Romeo and Juliette, the most romantic love story in the world.
– Do you think so? But Juliette died!
– Yes, they both died for love.
– But it’s better to live for love.
– If you can’t, at least you’ll die for love! (both laughing.) So, everything started when I purchased at Asian fair a large yellow sapphire, which could allow me to give the impression that something is going to happen. You see that there is non-transparency somewhere below, and your curiosity raises… When you open the ring from one side, the first thing you see is Romeo on his knees with a rose, asking, “Juliette, do you love me?” And on the other side you have…
– No? (laughing.)
– That’s normal reaction. There should be Juliette.
– No one?
– You see this thing and it is very unusual, because you don’t realize what it is. And that is actually the place where Juliette rests, her sarcophagus. Why did I use it? For example, when you look at Faberge, who is maestro of the surprise, you never just open the egg and there is nothing or just something usual. There is always a system: when you open the egg – something raises. Almost like an automat. So I decided to study this mechanism and used similar device. You see? When I open the lid, something raises, and it is something exceptional, made by one of the most important micromosaicist of Rome. I contacted this guy and asked him to make a 19th century painting of Romeo and Juliette…
– The one who made Homage of Renaissance?
– And then you have to observe the balcony of Juliette in Verona. This balcony is created with arches: Medieval arches on the upper part, and below you see the Roman arches, which are completely rounded. So I reproduced the difference between the Roman and Medieval arches in the ring. The side window is similar to the Venetian window, because Verona was under the power of Venice.
– Yes, I see it.
– On the other side you see iron gates that open to the courtyard of the palace, and two springs, which allow you to wear the ring two size smaller.
– The pendant with the 19th century painting of Romeo and Juliette can be worn on a chain with a little heart on the side – a symbol of love. A 3rd generation hand engraver from Italy engraved – повтор заметный for me the coat-of-arms of the Capuleti and the Montecchi families with some Middle age miniature swirls, that the monks were writing in the books. Everything is handmade. You can also see a very small, invisible system, the smallest in the world, which helps you to detach a part of the chain that you wear as a bracelet So, it’s up to you to make a longer necklace or a shorter one with a bracelet.
The ring is created in white, yellow and pink gold set with yellow natural diamonds and, of course, rubies, because red is the color of love.
And these are Romeo and Juliette earrings.
– So beautiful! These earrings are something special. I love them.
– Thank you.
Juliette’s hair is made of golden wire, and below you can see some pearls. The symbol of the Capuleti is on the top in yellow gold over scattering of diamonds. On the back there is an important Latin writing "Amor vincit omnia", which means, "Love wins everything". On the other earring you see Romeo on his knees with baby blue Akoya pearls. By the way, you can remove the rose from his hand and give it to the lady.
– Oh, Alessio! It is so romantic!
I want to tell you another romantic story, so our next stop is Venice!