Dogale Jewelry, Goldsmith in Venice
Sospiri Bridge area, behind the Basilica of San Marco,
canonica bridge castello N° 4318 – Map where we are
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Precious handmade jewelry artisanal production
Since 1969 Dogale Jewelry is a family-run craft business The owner is Mr. Giorgio Berto Egildo together with his sons Alessandro and Ursula
Giorgio Berto works with the gold since 1950, takes its place with a passion to learn the art of gold in the laboratories of the city who created jewelry for important account of the best shops in Venice.
Thanks to ‘instinct a passion for drawing and fancy jewelry he learned early the art of settings engraving of jewelry, essential for the creation of entirely blackamoor and other beautiful jewels.
Some history: Typical Venetian jewels…
the blackamoors… The baroque blackamoor broochs you can see on our web site www.veneziagioielli.com are products of the local goldsmith’s tradition, born from the original synthesis, which took place in Venice, of different cultural trends.The origins of the blackamoors go back to ancient times, when the Saracen pirates plagued the Dalmatia’s coasts.During the Hellenistic age in Fiume (Istria) similar golden earrings with black and white enamel decorations were produced, having a talisman function. During the centuries of the Turkish invasions, the populations of the coasts always wore them and gave them to the churches as thanks for the avoided danger. So the amulet came to Venice, not to exorcise sea attacks, but to represent the victory of the Serenissima Republic over the Turkish pirate!
In the course of history we find blackamoors in the Carpaccio representations, as a quiet gondolier with turban and feathers, part of a beautiful lagoonal scenography; and also in a famous novel by Hemingway. The most famous Blackamoor was Othello, the Venetian general against the Turks to safeguard the properties of the Serenissima. Othello has become so “famous moro” still source of inspiration for the creation of blackamoors jewels
As the dominion of the Serenissima on the Adriatic consolidated, the earring representation disappeared to give its place to different objects – with different meanings – for the representation of the blackamoors. In our century the originality and phantasy of the Venetian people created an endless variety of blackamoors representations: bust and tuban have become a space where the best local goldsmith’s techniques are represented, with fretworks, engravings and filigrees. In recent times the monochromatism often prevailed with pearls, brilliants, emeralds or rubys for an extremely selected clientele like noble and royal families; even Grace Kelly owned a blackamoor.The blackamoors have been appreciated also by persons of international prestige as Barbara Hutton, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Rubenstein, Elton John,Liz Taylor, and continue to be a longed-for object for élite collectors and for the international fashion. The royal family of Spain has recently purchased in Venice beautiful blackamoor broochs.
There are some really ancient and valuable blackamoors, destined to few; some of them are particularly big (12 cm.), which are to be observed more than worn, and these are appreciated most of all by American people; In our workshop we produce precious and interesting, modern and antique-looking ones, to represent all the solar oriental soul.
In our shop in Venice – a few steps to the Duomo behind the Basilica of to the Hotel Danieli – you will have a large choice of many models of Venetian blackamoors (earrings, broochs, pendants and rings), you will have the possibility to look at the goldsmith during his work, who will explain t you how the craftsmanship’s realisation of the blackamoors is carried out.
At the Dogale jewellery is possible to order a jewel with the gems and the colours you prefer, or transform rings and other objects you have and also repair your blackamoor. You can recive the new collection just sending us an e-mail at email@example.com, we will be pleased to send you also some pictures
Trade data: established in Venice, sestiere of castello, 4318 Ruga S. Apollonia Canonica Bridge
Partita Iva 00275430270
Registration with the Chamber of Commerce No. 98170th rec No. 11808th
We are a physical store and shop with the production plant established in Venice we promote through the website in a virtual exhibition, we can personally guarantee our products!
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The name and shape derive from the term mori, which at the time indicated Muslims or, by extension, Saracen pirates. The origins of these jewels go back to the time when the Saracens raided the Dalmatian coast. The name of Othello, Venetian general in the front line against the Turks to safeguard the properties of the Serenissima, prevails over all of them. Othello has therefore become a “very famous Moor” source of inspiration for the creation of the Moorish jewels; if you visit Venice In Campo dei Carmini there is the house of the jealous “Othello”, lately the hypothesis has emerged that Moro is the surname and that the real name was not Othello but Cristoforo…The people of the coast wore the Moorish as an amulet or donated them to the churches as a votive offering. These jewels from Dalmatia also arrived in Venice, not to exorcise the attacks from the Adriatic Sea but as a representation of the Turkish pirates won by the Serenissima: in some representations by Vittore Carpaccio they are represented as mythical gondoliers with turban and feathers. With the absolute dominion of the Serenissima on the Adriatic Sea, in time the earring gave way to representations of the Moorish also in different models. The imagination of the Venetian Oresi has given rise to infinite variations on the theme: bust and turban have become a scenic space where the best techniques of local goldsmithing are depicted with engravings, openwork, filigrees, corals and turquoises; the heads or busts are in ebony but also in turtle (50/60s) and onyx. More recently, the monochrome triumphs with pearls, emeralds or rubies.
The Skulls…Vanitas and more..
There are various and multiform interpretations that can be given to these objects: dark fetishes, passion for the dark, the decadent or the paranormal, lucky charms, superstitious and propitiatory objects, taste for mystery, fashion or simple collecting. The skull has always been a very assiduous image in the art world, in 600 memento mori in Belgium and Holland it was a very fashionable pictorial trend. Skulls as symbolic elements, allusive to the theme of the transience of life, and as a religious philosophical theme of the ineluctability of death, the inconsistency of earthly goods, the ephemeral, and the futility of human pleasures; the skull is the cultural and aesthetic universality of a theme not necessarily funereal but evergreen, which does not go out of fashion like a Doors record. In Christian culture, for example, the skull is a symbol of eternity, repentance; skulls for the man or woman who cannot escape death but through them can exorcise it.
Here then are our collections, with simple or elaborate skulls, with enamels and diamonds, in gold or silver. Ancient symbols, absolutely up-to-date..
Glyptic from the Greek glyptos, “engraved” is a very ancient art by which hard stones and gems or other suitable materials such as shells for cameos are engraved. This technique makes it possible to make seals, carvings or even small objects such as heads, skulls, flowers and more. In our laboratory we engrave stones such as carnelian, jasper, pencils, onyx to make seal rings with noble coat of arms or mythological images; if you have your own design to reproduce we can make your personal jewel.