Giovanni Corvaja is perhaps the sanest madman I have encountered and equally paradoxically can we regard his very extraordinary and special creations.

Hadas Shoef, journalist, Globe, Israel

October 28, 2007

After seeing and touching Giovanni's things of beauty, I find it harder to put up with occasional ugliness in daily life.

Might the artist be the priest who helps us catch a glimpse of God, in joyful contrast with the Devil and his deeds? 

Alex Puissant, journalist & independent conference moderator, Italy/Belgium

March 22, 2011

I pick up Giovanni Corvaja’s brooch, and it gives me an electric shock. The absolute perfectionist treats gold like fur, with the agility of a magician, he transforms precious materials into items that only exist in dreams and in the paintings of Bosch.

Harry Liivrand, art historian and critique, NOCTURNUS, Estonia


Giovanni Corvaja is obsessed with gold. The Italian jeweller spends up to 1,000 hours on each piece, painstakingly building his intricate designs from tiny filaments of as many as 20 different shades and strengths of gold. [...]

His combination of traditional, labour-intensive techniques with a contemporary design aesthetic has brought him to the attention of museums and galleries as well as private customers. He describes his jewellery merely as "fine and pretty pieces", yet they can sell for tens of thousands of pounds.

Such high prices reflect the material and the time taken over each design. Using special tools that he has made himself, Corvaja creates filaments far finer than human hair out of varying shades of white, yellow and red gold. He then "knits" them together into constructions so delicate that they're almost invisible, embellishing them occasionally with tiny drops of metal alloys. He draws his inspiration from nature, looking for details invisible to the naked eye.

Pamela Buxton, journalist, The Independent,  UK

February 6, 2000

Corvaja is fascinated by the techniques. He has, in some ways, a very scientific approach to what he's doing. I mean, it's rather marvellous that after however many thousands of years man has worked with gold, he can still do completely new things with it.

Clare Phillips, curator of the Metalwork Collection  of the V&A Museum, London, England


It’s quite rare that jewellery could look like mist on the sea, but this is often the case with Giovanni Corvaja’s works. This can’t be of metal, I think, this is entirely immaterial, like a cloud of mist that descended just when the rain stopped...

Prof. Kadri Mälk, jewellery artist, the head of the Metal Department of Estonian Academy of Arts, NOCTURNUS, Estonia


I really appreciate the detail of the work, the aesthetic feel of the workshop, the light attitude and the generosity of spirit.

Helen Dilke, jewellery artist, Australia

January 17, 2008

Giovanni Corvaja’s work, […] work that really lifts the aesthetic spirits, that challenges our idea of what jewellery ought to be.

[…] It's the fineness of the detail that perhaps distinguishes [Corvaja’s work].

Christopher Cook, journalist, BBC, London, England


There are only three words to say: we are impressed! Our SPIRFLAME®s are in the best hands we can think of.

Ernest and Nina Spirig, Switzerland

June, 2006

The golden ornaments of Giovanni Corvaja recall hairy sea urchins of brilliant lustre, which overwhelm you by unexpected (impossible) form and the astoundingly delicate work of goldsmithing.

Prof. Krista Kodres, art historian, professor of History of Arts in Estonian Academy of Arts, NOCTURNUS, Estonia




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