Two years ago on a trip to Rome and Venice, I found myself completely in awe of the jewelry I saw there. In particular, I was taken with jewelry which looked to me as if it were made of spun gold thread. Upon closer inspection (of the jewelry – I didn’t dare look at the price tags!) I learned that what I was seeing was a particular metal finishing technique called Florentine finish. Most modern Florentine finishes involve a cross-hatch pattern (you can read about this here, as well as learn tips for repairing a piece of jewelry whose Florentine finish has worn away), but these pieces of jewelry were exemplary of the much more demanding Florentine finish technique where the engraved lines run parallel to each other.
While I can’t give credit to the designer of the pieces above since I don’t know who he or she is, I am happy to give credit to my mother, Sharon, who took the lovely picture.
My father, Gil Miranda, and his jewelry were recently featured in the 25th Anniversary edition of the Portuguese fashion magazine, Moda e Moda. This glossy magazine devotes itself to the best and brightest in art and fashion. The three page interview included many color photographs featuring some of my father’s finest jewelry. Please visit his website to see more of his work.
This weekend at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra we are performing Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Egyptian”, with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. During the rehearsals I’ve been captivated not only by Mr. Thibaudet’s pianistic virtuosity and elegant approach, but I confess I haven’t been able to take my eyes off the two dog tags he wears around his neck. Today I got up the courage to ask him about them. He was incredibly gracious, and was excited to tell me about them. Fabricated in concrete and set with cognac diamonds of varying square cuts, these are the work of Thomas Diener of Miles McNeel Design. You can visit his website here. Interestingly, Thomas Diener is also a successful classically-trained performing musician, and the music playing in the background on his website is from one of his own performances!
To find out more about the MSO’s performances this weekend with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, please visit the MSO website.