Maria Doulton: There are very few high jewellery houses that can make a piece of jewellery specifically for you from a blank page and this is exactly what Maison Giampiero Bodino specialises in because as an artist, Bodino approaches everything in a very personal way.
Giampiero Bodino: I like listening to people. Probably I like to listen more than talk. People express themselves, talk about themselves, the way they move, the way they are dressed transmits you some messages. Subliminal messages, I would say. I collect all these elements together, which gives you an idea of the people you have in front of you and what this person wants.
Maria Doulton: The Maison offers a bespoke service or ad personam, as they call it,and this is when Bodino focuses all his skills, sensitivity and talent on creating a jewel that is just for you. So personal is Giampiero Bodino’sapproach that the only place to see Bodino himself is either to visit Milan where, in the Villa Mozart, you can see him in his design studio and showroom or to come to an event like this in Paris because, like any artist, creator and creation are very closely intertwined.
Giampiero Bodino: The stones talk to you in a way and say, “I want to be something” and we are there just to keep the voice of the stone and transform it into something real. It’s a triumph of colour. For me, it’s the most important thing or, I would say, the reason for buying something. It’s not showing the power or the wealth. You’re wearing something that is emotional and that must give you emotional joy.
I have something even classical that I like very much in my mind and when I sketch, there is a transformation. Your mind transforms and until the object is not finished, you can’t consider that your work is finished.
Maria Doulton: When there is a dialogue between the artist and subject, then bespoke or ad personam truly comes alive and that’s when a jewel is both exquisite and full of emotion.
Giampiero Bodino: Making jewellery is like doing a portrait for people. It’s a kind of soul portrait.
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