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The Fratelli Traversari factory

The Fratelli Traversari factory is specialized in mosaics and costume jewelry, with an emphasis on micromosaics whose designs and origins date back to the 19th century. The factory is family owned, and has been for the past four generations.

As time passes, the artisan workshop has selected the optimal quality of the mosaics that are used, as well as a mosaic technique that persists to this day.  The mosaics are completely handmade and are produced with three different techniques: micromosaic in enamel glass that is spun, mosaic in enamel glass that is cut, and Florentine mosaic made of natural hard stones. The production also includes silver and gilded brass costume jewelry with spun enamel micromosaics. Earrings, rings, pins, bracelets, pendants, boxes, frames, and crosses include the jewelry and objects that are created.

The workshop also reproduces mosaic portraits, works of art, and table tops; as well as micromosaic restoration. Many ideas for mosaics are based on clients’ designs and ideas that are then transformed into masterpieces.

The factory has been in the family since 1870, when it was founded. The founder, Arturo, began with a small souvenir shop on Via Ser Ventura Monaci, in the zone of Piazza Ferrucci. However, it was already focused on micromosaics, especially high-quality jewelry. In 1944, the factory was given to Arturo’s two children, Alfredo and Aldo, that moved to Via Pendemonte. From there, they established the production of new items, such as earrings, rings, pins, bracelets, frames, and crosses. Today, the workshop is handled by Daniele and Letizia, who are the fourth generation of the Traversari family. For 150 years a family tradition has been passed on, a common patrimony that expresses a unique and precious artistic inheritance.

This technique of micromosaics was born in Rome in 1701. The stones are placed on “teghe,” which are thin sticks in glass spun enamel of various forms and colors, and then into a special oven with Murano glass. Due to the spinner, they are melted together to draw different forms and shapes: plates, rose petals, daisy petals, miosotis, leaves, and other forms.

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