Hailing from different experiences we met in Italy where we opened our first joined studio, La Fonderia dell'Oro. JAD was born in 2015 when we moved to Malta and it is both an artistic duo and a small jewelry brand.
We are a couple and are lucky to be able to work together.
We are members of the panel of the Malta Creative Collective an independent, collaborative and purpose-led movement that brings together like-minded creatives currently based in Malta.
In Malta we have taken part to several collective exhibitions, placed third at the Campari - Negroni 100 Art Competition and second at Maltese Artisan Award for precious metals (2019).
In 2020, just before the pandemic, we did our first contemporary jewelry solo exhibition, Southern Depths and Northern Lights, inspired by the suggestions of the Northen and Southern Pole.
Our aesthetic and design explore the emotional undercurrents linking us to the natural elements, telling of the strength of the geological forces, of the depths where silver comes from, of the levity of a blow or of the force of the gales stirring the sea. In our pieces we put the wonder for the strenght of life, for its fragility, for the human attempts to understand whether the passing of time and the changes we percieve are real or only a construct of the mind.
There might be small signs or strong evidences of these concepts, scattered through a whole collection or concentrated in one single piece. But in each of them, be it the simplest piece or the collector's one, you will find part of this story, of our thoughts and emotions, of our work and efforts.
We explore techniques and materials to create unique jewelery, from solid silver to extra-thin wire.
Our jewelry are imagined for people who think and deeply feel, who refuses to be easily defined, who have a story and look for stories, young and olds, who seek for something more than the dominant aesthetic and way of thinking. Different, in any possible, beautiful, way.
FOR THE PLANET
We are all part of the same life and we feel we are all committed to respect it in all the possible ways. Here is how we do our part.
Our micro-business model is itself a slow, respectuf, way of producing. We have our own workshop and our pieces are all handmade by us with great care. They are made for last.
We use upcycled silver and rarely use precious or semiprecious stones. Recycled silver has exactly the same characteristics and value of mined silver but it is obtained from old jewelry or silverware. From our point of view, it adds value to the jewelry we make.
We love stones but we have chosen to use a bare minimum of them to reduce the human and environmental burden of mining. We have a small reserve of old pieces we bought years ago, so we occasionally use some but we try to avoid buying new ones.
We do not like to greenwash our business. We have collaborated with Fashion Revolution Malta and we know that it is almost impossible for a business to be totally "sustainable". We simply try to do our best and to continue to improve.
The energy we use is not "green".
We use metal boxes for our jewelry. They are precious and need a proper protection.
We do not have a certification, we are artisans and artists, we are and will always be simply too small to have one.
Gioia + Ivano
Inigo Taylor took our photo. His merit if we look good :)