Bottega Bruno di Belmonte
The Bruno di Belmonte is a historic, noble Sicilian family whose roots run deep in the Ragusa area. Giovanni and his sister however, heirs to the lineage, live in Rome, and have been in business together for many years now as artisanal goldsmiths.
Perhaps due to their Sicilian determination or the appreciation of quality from their upbringing (the Palazzo Bruno di Belmonte in Ispica is stunning), Giovanni is yet another artisan (others
here and here) who steadfastly refutes notions such as mass production and low quality.
“Trust me, I get it. I fully understand the market logic of mass production. However, to impart a human element into a piece, especially one meant for beauty’s sake alone, it needs to be physically handled and cared for while it is crafted,” he says. “There is no other way around it, there are no shortcuts; anything else is simply an object.”
Fundamentalist? Madman? Perhaps. Yet like all the other artisans around the country, Giovanni prides himself on his pigheadedness and being a custodian of an important art form. Seen in this light, fortunately for us I would say.