Last week I visited the Italian jewellery company Pomellato at its headquarters in Milan. Behind the high walls of the nondescript building are not only the company offices but also its extensive workshops, where every one of its jewels is made, from melting the gold to finished product.
I went inside the workshops to see how Pomellato makes its jewels and what techniques it employs, and discovered that the lost wax method of casting is preferred for almost every piece of jewellery.
I saw over 100 craftsmen at work. Amongst them were casters, gem-setters, jewellers and even a team dedicated to manning the smelters, where the house's own special-colour gold alloys are mixed.
I then had the chance to catch up with CEO Andrea Morante, who told me about the house's history and what makes Pomellato different from other jewellers.