Posted 5 years ago
A 10th anniversary present, this is one of my most prized possessions. An Estruscan inspired Archaeological Revival gold bracelet, with ram’s head and filigree. Very much in the Castellani tradition, the quality is superb. The piece is unmarked, but fortunately it comes in its lovely red velvet original fitted case, with the name of the maker: Luigi Freschi of Via Condotti in Rome (the address is now a Furla bag shop). I looked him up and he was a jeweller and metal worker who is listed in Rome’s early tourist guides from 1860-1880, at the height of archaeological revival and Grand Tour jewellery. I have seen very similar pieces in the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum collections. I love the bracelet, but I’m also a bit afraid of damaging it, so I only wear it on very special occasions.