Hailing from different backgrounds - Gioia Clavenzani as a psychologist and psychotherapist and Ivano Ghinelli as a stone setter and goldsmith - they first met in Città della Pieve, Italy, in the quiet countryside between Umbria and Tuscany. Their common love for jewellery, design and contemporary art, resulted in there first Italian studio. In 2011, La Fonderia dell'Oro opened, a big, bright workshop with fittings made only from reclaimed materials.
In 2015, JAD - Jewellery Art Design was opened in Malta. Modern art and design fuel their work, but the sense of nature is also present in their jewellery. With an innovative use of Maltese filigree wire, they have recently added transparency and lightness to their work.
Inspired by the role perception plays in how we determine reality, and how fragile this is as an awareness of quantum mechanics influences humanity, the idea of ‘transparent reality’ has become a driver in their jewellery. There is the rough and solid presence of metals and stones coming from natural environments, from the ground, telling a story about their origin and the way nature and humans have changed it over time. On the other hand, delicate filigree wire illustrates how transparent and less solid reality is as theoretical physics influences our lives.
JAD believes art and beauty have to be easy and present in people's lives, friendly and available for the ones who search for them. Creating with their hands - with art and nature always in their minds - makes their lives absolutely better. They try to give back through their jewellery: beautiful and unconventional but easy to use and wear.