Lost-wax casting is the thousand-year-old technique with which Valeria creates her jewels, artworks made of precious metals.
Hardstone, coral flower, gold, silver and bronze inlay for wearable sculptures that tell the emotions, the relevant moments and the passions of who wears them.
Valeria’s love for the lost-wax technique jewellery was born from an emotion: when, thanks to the skill of a goldsmith, the most beautiful moment of her life, the birth of her baby girl, was “given back” to her in a ring.
Valeria trained in her family jewellery shop, founded by her grandfather Icilio Boncompagni in the 1920s in the heart of Piazza San Marco. Here you can admire jewellery creations of the most important international brands.
And here, Valeria personalised jewellery for customers, creating new shapes, listening, observing, and changing the rules, until she opened a space of her own, named Valeria.
Lost-wax casting is a millenary technique used by the Greeks, the Romans, the Etruscans, which consists in creating a wax object to be inserted into a mould. The wax then is melted leaving the space to cast the metal and reproduce the object.
While creating the jewel the wax remains malleable, so that it can be shaped, the grooves can be deepened, the interlacing can be created and actual miniature sculptures rich in details can be made.
Valeria’s commitment is also fulfilled through her didactic work with children and young people: in fact, Valeria teaches the lost-wax technique to the students in different schools in Venice.
It is such an important choice that brings them closer to craftsmanship, working with wax helps the children to listen to their own soul and give shape to their emotions.
With her openness towards people Valeria brings her art to cultural events: to communicate value, passion, love and trust. So people can open up, indulge, listen to each other, and create jewels that stop time.
Valeria Boncompagni hosts workshops dedicated to the creation of jewellery, using the lost-wax technique.
These are private lessons, for children (from the age of 10) and adults, to make your own jewellery by learning how to model the wax together with Valeria.
Participants’ ideas, desires and emotions are transformed into a creative experience, right here in the heart of Venice, next to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
Once the work is done, the wax will be melted, and in a short time you will have your jewel.
Valeria’s goldsmith atelier also exhibits gold jewellery pieces by other artists, designers, art masters, and goldsmith brands that Valeria proudly selects and represents: Davide Maule, Sicis, Italian Design By Alberto Prandoni and other companies of excellence of the Made in Italy.
The Santagostino family dresses the woman with elegance and joie de vivre. Their jewels are like pages of a long fairy tale called life.
David is art and sophistication and so are his creations. His professionalism and uniqueness are tangible in each one of his jewels.
Among the architectural and natural forms stand proudly his stones, of a disarming beauty.
Jewellery in micromosaic, incredible precision work and a jubilation of colours.
Lydia’s travels, dreams and her endless imagination are in every jewel she creates.
My work, my passion and my joy are in being able to convey your emotions in wax and in jewels that you will wear forever.