Description by the artist
Malaluna, malamuri (Sicilian for waning moon, unlucky love ). My jewels are handmade and speak of land and roots, of sky and sea. They narrate my Sicily, its colors, its history, its strong contradictions. I was inspired by the prickly pear and its plots that bind us, harness us and that, magically, make us freer to dream. 925/000 silver polished burnished. The manual realization creates irregular effects and small formal differences that make the jewel unique and repeatable.
Width mm 32 max point, mm 12 at closure.
Length mm 43, changeable on request.
Details and dimensions
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The prickly pears (which inspired Roberto) are one of the great symbols of Sicily. They grow everywhere: on the sides of cliffs, in gardens, on the roofs of abandoned houses, on the sides of roads … Its fruit (ripe by the end of August) is delicious and much loved by Sicilians who also make rosoli and mostarda, a sweet typically prepared in jars, with the addition of carnations, cinnamon and almonds. Gelo is also very appreciated, a sort of gelatinous cream. Prickly pears were imported by Arabs during their domination (IX-XI century).
(photo)Franca Florio, Sicilian noble woman of XIX century