I don’t know about you, but I don’t find much time for roaming around antique shops these days. Nor do I find myself with the disposable income to afford such little luxuries. (Heavy Sigh) Also, most of my family’s traditions begin and end with recipes and paint… house paint that is. My grandfather started a paint store that my father now owns. Don’t get me wrong; my dad has an excellent, well-trained eye for matching color. It amazes me every time I watch him recreate someone’s wall color from 20 years ago from a sample the size of a quarter! Even so, it’s nothing like the legendary family traditions and artistry shown on TV and written about in books. I suppose maybe this is why some people are drawn to antiques. It allows us to own a little piece of someone else’s story and preserve it for them. Jewelry is one of the best and most affordable ways to own a piece of history and preserve tradition! So many jewelry making techniques were developed centuries ago. Today, I’ve got a great story of just this… family tradition, ancient jewelry craftsmanship, and far away places.
Nino Tagliamonte grew up in Naples where he spent his childhood days sitting with jewelers and artisans in his father’s jewelry shop. In his words, “As the carvers worked away with their chisels, they would tell me stories of the mythological gods, muses, nymphs and satyrs that slowly took life and emerged at each movement of their hands. I was so mesmerized, intrigued and inspired by the beauty of classical art and the traditions of cameo carving.”
An artisan creates a Venetian glass and cameo pendant.
Nino grew up knowing he wanted to one-day carry on his family tradition of Cameo Jewelry Crafting. After moving to Vicenza, Nino realized the art he’d treasured since childhood of Venetian Cameo Carving had become lost. He also knew he had to bring it back. Nino and his wife spent the next several years researching Roman glass processing techniques and scouring antique shops all across the globe for original 18th century cameo moulds.
An artisan making glass
It’s these Greek-Roman mythological moulds that have been the inspiration for his line of jewelry, Tagliamonte. Some of my favorite pieces from his line are below. You can catch Nino and the Tagliamonte launch on JTV at 7pm ET on September 2nd. You can also find the full line right now at JTV.com!