|Gian Luca Bartellone|
|1961||Born in Velezzo Lomellina, Italy|
|1977||Maestro d’Arte, B. Cellini School of the Arts in Valenza|
|1979–1990||Goldsmith and later jewelry designer at Giollaro/ORM in Mede|
|1990–1991||Jewelry designer at Asia in Mede|
|1992–1999||Instructor for illustration and jewelry design, Goldsmith Jewelry Association in Valenza|
|Since 2000||Bodyfurnitures collection|
Jewelry by Gian Luca Bartellone blossoms in opulent, often floral forms and vibrant colors, recalling the style of the Baroque era. But his bodyfurnitures collection is not the result of a historicizing retrospective gaze, rather, these are modern pieces of jewelry that break traditional norms and mischievously question deep-rooted perceptions. Although Bartellone draws inspiration from tradition, he treads new paths with daring combinations of materials: For example, he unites gold, gemstones and silk with papier mâché or paper. With their lightness and flexibility they are perfectly suited to serve as the basis for his elaborately crafted pieces of jewelry. The mix of materials in his work is clearly unconventional but these are “familiar playmates” for this academically trained goldsmith, who says that his fondness for these materials can be traced to his childhood in Lombardy.