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For three generations the Castellani family created what they called 'Italian archaeological jewellery', which was inspired by the precious Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine antiquities being excavated at the time. The Castellani jewellery consisted of finely wrought gold that was often combined with delicate and colourful mosaics, carved gemstones, or enamel. Fortunato Castellani became the... Read moreFor three generations the Castellani family created what they called 'Italian archaeological jewellery', which was inspired by the precious Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine antiquities being excavated at the time. The Castellani jewellery consisted of finely wrought gold that was often combined with delicate and colourful mosaics, carved gemstones, or enamel. Fortunato Castellani became the first 19th-century goldsmith to create works closely modelled after classical Italian and Greek prototypes, thus creating a new fashion trend. Fuelled by patriotic feelings and a desire to educate, the Castellani pursued an ambitious goal of studying and reviving all periods of Italian jewellery.

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