What has been one of the biggest inspirations behind Panconesi?
Part of my inspiration is based on my interest in Greek mythology – these magical stories of human transformation, emotional transformation, or the body morphing into nature: a flower, water, a tree. I approach my work as a romantic. I think of how jewellery can embody this transformative quality on a human level via experimentation in craft. Jewellery should move you, more than just speaking of clarity, or cut, or grade, those traditional classifications.
Early on, Panconesi began with the simple idea of movement, starting with the Upside Down Hoop: a fluid gold line that’s now a signature. It’s a symbol that I go back to continuously as the brand grows because of its simple, yet transformative qualities. It signals a beginning but not necessarily an end – something continuously in dialogue with the wearer.
How do you approach creating jewellery that feels brand new?
The making of the Hybrid Stones [Panconesi’s process of dipping natural stones into molten enamel to create sculptural objects] was an experiment only realised with the Italian artisans that are part of my extended family. I bring ideas to them, and then we begin a process of collaboration almost into the unknown! They almost treat me like a frustrating son who brings the most challenging ideas to their table. Through trial and error, we experiment and develop special processes to create radical objects. In the end, it’s always fun and collaborative, and we always discover something new from working together.
How do you wear your own pieces?
My approach is very instinctive when it comes to wearing my own work. I stack them together and have fun with it. I like to wear a variety of materials and colours, sometimes mixing metals. Everything is designed to be worn in a few different ways, to feel easy and spontaneous.