Bovolo Ring: a Venetian family story

Boncompagni Valeria

Hand-crafted ring made in Venice - Boncompagni Valeria

My new born ring is called Bovolo and, as all of my creations, it originated from an emotion.


In Italian, the word 'bovolo' refers to a small snail, with its beautiful shell all curled up. Due to its shape, in Venice it is also used to describe spiral staircases, like the famous Scala Contarini del Bovolo, at only 8 minutes walk from my shop, one of the most beautiful backdoor entrances one could ever imagine.

Venice luxury - Handmade jewelry in Piazza San Marco
Venice luxury - Handmade jewelry in Piazza San Marco

Although, to be honest, the Venetian staircase has nothing to do with the name of the ring.

I created it with my grandmother Elsa and my mother Anna in mind, and all the afternoons spent at the table preparing 'bovoletti'.


As you may know, in Venice bovoletti are a traditional dish. We boil the snails for a couple of minutes and then cover them with garlic, parsley and olive oil. In order to eat them, we use a small toothpick to take them out from the shell. If you think about it, it's a lot of work for little food... in fact, we can state that bovoletti are really an excuse to spend time together with family and friends and chat.

Handmade ring - Bovolo ring made in Venice Italy
Handmade ring - Bovolo ring made in Venice Italy

I treasure wonderful memories of the time spent cleaning, cooking and eating bovoletti at home. My grandmother was the true expert, and I used to love as a small child to be able to help her out, as she was incredibly loving, encouraging and warm with me. When everything was ready, we would then sit at the table armed with our toothpicks and chat away about everything. And the times mum could join us, well... that meant a real feast for me.


So a short while ago, with all this in my heart, this ring was born from my hands.

After shaping the design in lost wax, I couldn't wait to see it fused and now, that it is finally finished, I am delighted to dedicate it to Elsa and Anna.

Handmade ring - Bovolo ring made in Venice Italy
Anello Bovolo, gold and precious stones, designed in lost wax.

Boncompagni Valeria

Address: San Marco 130, 30124 Phone: +39 041 309 7767

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The size, type of gold and precious stones of the ring can be fully customized. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further enquiries.