Rosmundo – An Extraordinary Interview

Rosmundo, an extraordinary past, rooten in a present time which looks to an alwaysmore digital future.

Extraordinary, the most recurrent adjective in my interview with Maestro Rosmundo Giarletta. Extraordinary as the soul of a child who stares at the constant joyful expression of the Master, his inexhaustible curiosity towards beauty; beautifully simple and majestic at the same time. Just like his masterpieces, a simple and perfect observation of nature that translates into months and months of work, entirely done by hand. Rosmundo is bespoke of jewels, the living jewel, the jewel that speaks, the sun that smiles. Rosmundo is joy, freedom, Rosmundo is goodness, purity. And his work could only be the specular expression of these attributions, which, I can hardly believe I can say, are objective and that I am happy to tell you.


Rosmundo Gioielleria is born in Eboli in 1962, leaves Eboli after 6 months and moves with its family to the North of Italy. We are talking about a path of a life of work 37 years long. He who is interviewing me wasn’t even born. Usually, we speak about the present, but hardly ever of the past. My past is a beautiful past, extraordinary and joyful, above all because I made my life dream come true: that of becoming a goldsmith and returning to Eboli. My northern experience was very positive because it gave me the possibility to grow and understand how to organise myself. Many years ago, nobody spoke about autonomous work, us sons of southerners were destined to work in factories. My parents used to tell me “You have to study and follow your dreams”. And it was my mother who gave me the input of jewels. When we used to go to the market, she used to stop and look at costume jewellery and made me think to myself “I want to give you jewels, but jewels made by me”. And that’s what was. I was educated in the artistic Lyceum in Varese, then, together with my parents, I made the important decision to move to the capital of goldsmiths: Florence. There, I frequented the artistic private school and had to work hard to pass all my exams that year, because maintaining me was a financial sacrifice for my parents. Then, I had the fortune of working in a shop in Ponte Vecchio, the Master there taught me the “how to dos”. It’s wonderful being able to say “I can do something”. That Master introduced me to a new world and stimulated me to go “I’m going home” and start my first Goldsmiths’ in Eboli. There when my heart beats and used to beat. It was 1981.


My life has been extraordinary and is wonderful because first I found an extraordinary wife, Rosaria, who has always believed in my ideas even having to make many sacrifices. Initially, our sales were very few, but there was the dream of becoming something important over the years. And to do that, I had to build my artistic identity. Having an identity I think it’s the most important thing right now; identify a style in Rosmundo. To get to this we gave up so much economic income that could have come from more commercial and emulative jobs to dedicate ourselves to our identity. And since a person must be behind a jewel, we have created our own style. Rosaria. She gave me the opportunity to express myself best in the places I like best. When I married the history and the beauty of my lands, the real Rosmundo that we all know today was born.


Il Maestro Rosmundo con il Principe Ranieri di Monaco

It was the year 1996. I took a year to make it happen. The masterpiece of masterpieces: the Te Deum. In 1996 I was invited by the Campania Region to represent Campania in the world. Through them, I went to Miami, Paris and when they saw that my products began to have an identity, they said, “Why don’t you come to Montecarlo to represent your work?”. On that occasion I met some people including a young prince Alberto: it was the beginning of our long relationship. In 1996 I arranged this fair in Montecarlo and they asked me if I would take part in a competition of ideas because the following year, the 700 years of the Grimaldi family were celebrated and something extraordinary can be done. And I, through the history of my land, through the city of Campagna, retracing the local history and remembering my grandfather, being from Campagna, a fiefdom of the Grimaldi, told me the story of the French prince who arrived on horseback. And here’s what fate wanted. I met Prince Ranieri at the palace and made the Te Deum for him. In this work there is the whole history of the principles of Monaco, starting from Francesco Grimaldi up to Alberto di Monaco.

700 precious stones for 700 years of the principality. The Grimaldi crest is made up of white and red lozenges, for which I used white diamonds and red rubies, the colours of the principality. On these diamonds, I managed to place 700 stones in a symmetrical and perfect way. Around the emblem I perforated all the names, starting from the forefather, Francesco Grimaldi up to Alberto and there I made a mistake because, rightly, we did not know if Alberto would become prince. For this, I was also taken back, but I replied that I was an artist and that I think he would become a prince. So it was and it was a beautiful thing.

In November, when it is a national holiday, the whole Monegasque family meets in the cathedral and recite Te Deum. I wanted to work through this prayer which the princes recite in Latin. There are 1327 letters in 1 cm and a half, they are 5 lines, and it is an extraordinary thing because the work is not huge, it is 10x10cm so that representing the whole Te Deum was an extraordinary thing. The hardest thing was that I was using my hands and using cardboard to simulate, I wrote the prayer and could not complete it perfectly without leaving spaces. At the time I exclaimed “oh well, as the eternal father wants” and the eternal father made me perfectly complete with the last word of the Te Deum, “eternum”.

I used all the sides of the work including the border to give a soul to it. With the Te Deum, I created the first boxed jewel, the jewel became truly three-dimensional where each side had a representation and an intrinsic meaning. On the verse, I wanted to give an interpretation of faith and devotion to God, the principles are very Catholic so I wanted to represent the emblem of the Grimaldi at the centre, obtained through the technique I invented the figurative Wasp Nest, then under the emblem I wanted to represent a boat that is the boat of Saint Devote, the patron saint of the Monaco principality. Below we find the progenitor Francesco Grimaldi who in 1297 managed to conquer the fortress where the princes currently live. Being a work dedicated to Prince Ranieri, I wanted to represent the bond that he had with Princess Grace Kelly, with a symbol that had a double meaning: I wanted to represent the Harp. The harp is the symbol of Ireland, the homeland of Grace, but at the same time the instrument with which the Psalter Te Deum was raised to God the Creator, for which there was this bivalence. At the side we find two geese, the symbol of the guardian; just like “the geese of the capital” paid attention to the Roman capital also the princes must be careful of possible enemies. At the top, we find two dolphins that symbolize intelligence, rescue at sea and the fertility of the prince. Above the pierced stem there is always my stem, the laughing sun (it was the first sun) and to close the work two huge hands that represent the hands of God to the perennial protection of the principality of Monaco.

The container was made with my own design, it is nothing but the representation of a rough diamond, turned upside down, with the tip upwards, in wood. This box consists of eight sides that would be the basic cut of a diamond and on each segment there are all the names of the Lords of Monaco, for centuries until 1997, dedicated to Prince Ranieri. At the top there is a lid that if removed, the diamond becomes a sun. Opening the central work, it begins to rotate counterclockwise to retrace the entire history of the Princes of Monaco. Continue reading clicking the button below >

Scritto da Vincenzo Girasoli

Una vita ad immaginare e costruire un futuro che non è mai stato così chiaro e limpido. Fatto di emozioni inesauribili alla vista dei colori che questo mio Paese sa ogni giorno regalarmi. Ho viaggiato, senza mai stancarmi, per poi fermarmi dinanzi al blu del mio Mediterraneo. Lì capire che qualcosa di grande e profondo, intenso e meraviglioso, stava accadendomi; e che non mi sarei mai più fermato. Tuffandomi in quel mare sapevo che non avrei più potuto tornare indietro. Al contempo sapevo che i brividi che mi percorrevano sarebbero stati i vostri. E che insieme avremmo corso sempre più veloce verso qualcosa di puro, autentico, genuino, felice. Qualcosa che con orgoglio chiamo Idressitalian.

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