Nearly two decades later, the Toscano Gold collection exclusive to Ben Bridge brings together more than 60 small businesses in Italy that we work directly with; businesses and craftsmen that bring hundreds of years of craftsmanship to Ben Bridge.
“Artistry is just inherent in the Italian culture. There is incredible Roman architecture, there is incredible Italian food, and there is incredible Italian gold jewelry,” said Barringer. “It is simply unmatched around the world. And it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve seen other countries try to imitate what Italy has to offer, but the craftsmanship in Italy has been passed down generation to generation in family-run shops, and it’s simply stunning.”
Ben Bridge goes back to Italy year after year to find and partner directly with some of the most skilled craftsmen and women in the world. It’s allowed Ben Bridge to offer jewelry in smaller custom made batches, instead of mass produced pieces.
The golden triangle in Italy is a region at the top of the Italian boot, starting in the South with the city of Arezzo, up to Vicenza in the northeast, and over to Valenza in the northwest. It is an area that is prolific in talent. Roughly 75% of the jewelry made in Italy comes from this region, and more than 2/3s of the jewelry in Europe comes from there.
Vicenza has a history of goldsmiths dating back 700 years. Arezzo has an even older history, going back to 700 BC. The Arezzo region is famous for its love of filigree and its desire to never leave a surface untouched. Combined, the region is world renowned for the skills it offers.
Often times these artists will simply walk from one part of their house to their workshop in the same building. And if it’s not in the same building, it’s frequently within a short walk. It’s not uncommon to for these craftsmen to be sitting at dinner tables polishing one last bracelet.