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Precious Paper – Paper Jewellery Designs

Jewellery doesn’t have to be made from metals and stones. It’s an incredible thought, but paper can do just as good a job. Published under the aegis of Comieco (National Consortium for the Reuse and Recycling of Cellulose-derived Packaging), Precious Paper is a book that showcases 21 splendid pieces of paper jewellery that can be constructed, worn, given as gifts and shown off on special occasions.

Credit: Michele Zanin

21 pieces of jewellery created by world-renowned designers or contemporary artists who have worked with paper for many years are brought together here for the first time to show that paper is a valuable asset with a great potential, not to be wasted.

These “precious” items are made of 100% recycled paper that is treated using environmentally friendly processes, then tinted with vegetable-based dyes and skilfully hand-moulded.

The descriptions of the paper jewellery are accompanied by articles written especially for this book that examine the history of paper jewellery and the myriad forms of papermaking, from ancient times to the present. It is fascinating, and truly breath-taking.

The jewellery was created by: Gian Luca Bartellone, Sarah Kate Burgess, Ela Cindoruk, Dario Cestaro, Caterina Crepax, Eleonora Cumer, Sandra Di Giacinto, Noémi Gera, Martine Horstman, Maria Teresa Illuminato, Zoe Keramea, Parth Kothekar, Tithi Kutchamuch, Edoardo Malagigi, Fernando Masone, Angela Nocentini, Daniele Papuli, Angela Simone, Sounds of Silence, Paolo Ulian, Roberto Zanon.

Jewellery historian and critic Bianca Cappello is also a teacher, coordinator and curator of exhibitions, seminars and conferences devoted to the history of jewellery and costume jewellery. She has served as a museum and curatorial consultant and has written several books on this subject, including Storia della Bigiotteria Italiana (2016) and Il Gioiello nel Sistema Moda. Storia, Design, Produzione (2017), both published by Skira. She lives in Milan.

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