My name is Paola, I'm a goldsmith and jewellery designer.
I was born in Italy near the city of Naples, which has a great tradition of handcrafted jewellery and miniatures (there is the famous "street of cribs", via San Gregorio Armeno). I had my first encounter with the fascinating world of jewelry when I was a child, during an archaeological exhibition where I saw the fabulous jewels found under the ashes of the Vesuvius.
Those jewels survived not only to people, but also most of the artworks and buildings: with a great symbolic and economic value and being small size, them were the most important objects that all the people took while were fleeing.
For me, a jewel is “portable art”.
After the high school I learned the art of the coral carving at the Art Institute of Torre del Greco, and after I studied for three years the goldsmith's art and jewelry design at the largest jewelry center in southern Italy, the "Tarì" of Marcianise, near Caserta. In 2012 I attended a course about resin jewelry in Florence, at the Alchimia School, with the designer Yoko Shimizu.
My work was featured on websites, magazines and newspapers as Vogue.it, Grazia and more.
Designer Annapaola Rapacciuolo was raised near Naples, Italy, where she grew up watching her uncles create miniatures like those found on the city’s famous San Gregorio Armeno, or “Street of Cribs.”...