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Buccellati’s Silver

October 01, 2017

Silver Caviar Champagne Basket by Buccellati. Image courtesy of: Buccellati

In 1919, Mario Buccellati opened his first jewelry boutique on Largo Santa Margherita in Milan. At Buccellati the techniques used are borrowed from five centuries of Italian Art. Many renowned artists such as Botticelli and Donatello were goldsmiths before they became sculptors, painters and architects.

Silver Cavier Plate by Buccellati, 30.5 cm. Image courtesy of Buccellati

In 1949 Mario Buccellati was commissioned to produce an icon from Pope Pius XII for Princess Margaret. This icon was to mark the extraordinary event of the first visit of a British Royal to Vatican City after hundreds of years.

Owned solely by the Buccellati’s until just last December, now 85% of the company is owned by Gansu Gangtai Holding Group from China.

Buccellati’s UNICA Collection. Image courtesy of Buccellatti

The Utica Collection has elegant and linear English design. The use of hard stones makes us relive the Serenissima’s splendors. Every creation is characterized by the incomparable craftsmanship of Buccellati’s silversmiths.

Buccellati’s SEA Collection. Image courtesy of: Buccellati

Sea jewels, mainly shells which symbolize prosperity, renewal and fertility, inspired this collection. Every detail is perfect and a result of Buccellati’s century-long tradition of patience and perfection.

Buccellati’s first store in Milan, 1919. Image courtesy of: Buccellati

Along with his son, Luca, Mario opened his first US boutique in NYC in 1951. The second American store was opened in 1954, also in NYC.  Always a family business, generations of Buccellati’s have worked together to ensure the company’s integrity. Mario had 5 sons, 4 of which were actively involved with the company.  Most recently, Lucrezia Buccellati, Andrea’s daughter, became the company’s very first female designer.

Image courtesy of: Buccellati

In 1979, Gianmaria Buccellati opened his flagship store in Paris on Place Vendôme. Mario’s son, Gianmaria, apprenticed his father starting at age 14.

Following Mario’s death in 1965, Gianmaria expanded the business and opened new stores around the world. This son became a leading jewelry designer, as well as silver and gold objects.

To this day, the quality of Buccellatti’s product is a direct result of Gianmaria personally choosing his master craftsmen to execute his designs.

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