Giusy Moretti – who will always remain bound to her father Ulderico and to his work – loves to tell how, when she was a child, she was given a cardboard box containing these small, brightly coloured, wonderful glass miniatures, the fruit of the her father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s work.
The transition from childish games to the world’s art galleries was certainly not automatic: setting the “gems of Italian artisan art” into frameworks of gold and precious stones – thus creating an amazing and absolutely new collection of jewellery – was the result of professional maturity deriving from a deep, unending love of her family’s work.
Giusy Moretti only began to exhibit and sell her collection in the ’90’s when she decided to bring the old art of the murrina back to life, opening up to the world this singular and fascinating window on the Morettis and their memorable business – until the last murrina is sold. Before then she had always kept her creations for herself, linking each new piece of jewellery to a particular moment in her life or to important anniversaries.
All the pieces, which are exclusive (and limited to the physical existence of the murrine in the collection), are designed and made with careful thought as to their final setting: brooches, rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces whose design is closely supervised together with the goldsmith’s work.
She shows a passion and sensitivity that are unmatched. For Giusy Moretti the creation of a piece of jewellery is not a mere job: it is giving an ideal continuity to the work of her father Ulderico, of her grandfather Luigi and of her great-grandfather Vincenzo; after producing the daily quota of glass for business, these family members could, in the creation of the murrine, give free rein to their love of glass, and to their ardent participation in the Country’s and island’s historical events of which – in their own way – they were undoubted protagonists.