In my last year of research I applied the oval shape to different materials, experimenting their refraction of light and tactile properties.
One of the most interesting has been Ebony: strong, precious wood from the family of Ebenacee that grows in the tropics.
Ebony is appreciated for its amazing colour (I LOVE that black!), its resistance, and the sparkle of its surface.
Because of its features, Ebony is quite difficult to work with, but the result is so satisfying that it is definitely worth it: the surface is like silk to the touch and the light is charming.
I’m also fascinated by the “sound” of this wood, so particular…
The research of the perfect wood for my pieces has been very accurate: only the heartwood is good for the best results, it must be seasoned to the right point and the colour must be the darkest.
I found my pieces in Lombardy (Italy) in an amazing place where the Seralvo brothers, descendants of a dynasty of wood traders, sell the most magnificent qualities of wood from all over the world. The passion for their job is contagious and, thanks to what I learned from them, my admiration for this natural material, essential for the survival of our species, for our evolution and, in some ways, still mysterious, has grown even more, to the point of thinking of using not only ebony but also other types of wood for my future jewels 🙂