Jeweler Paul Robilotti’s lyrical study of Classical architecture has led into a vocation which allows him to combine the visual spectrum of an artist with the expert craftsmanship of a model maker.
Since his company’s founding, Robilotti has created small-scale interpretations of architectural triumphs. Influenced by the construction and grandeur of ancient Roman and Grecian structures, inspired by the rich details and abundant textures of the Classical period, Robilotti extracts elements and renders his adaptations onto his chosen medium of 18 karat gold and platinum with precious and semi-precious stones. Devoted to the ideals of innovative design and expert craftsmanship, his collections explore new proportions of geometric balance.
Over the years, Robilotti has gained the attention and respect of the industry having received several awards and citations including DeBeer’s “Diamonds Today” Solitaire Competition. Robilotti is a member of the Contemporary Design Group, the distinguished American Jewelry Design Council and the International Jewelry Design Guild.
Jewelry designer, Paul Robilotti looks to the past to carve out his future as he joins the eminent ranks of prominent American designers.
Born into a family of architects, Paul Robilotti chose his individual Renaissance as an artisan influenced by the Classical Ideology. He subscribes to its foundations and organization, chiseled and honed into a jeweler’s myopia: Structure becomes form; texture articulates significant detail, while liberties of aesthetic preference create romance.
His technique exemplifies this dichotomy: While the wax medium provides a vehicle to translate design into detail and depth, he draws upon his model making background to facilitate structure and mechanics. Robilotti believes his process to be true to Classical values and sensitive to modern demands while transcending imitation.
Man has been developing visual communication for thousands of years; Paul Robilotti calls this activity art. Robilotti believes the 17,000-year-old animal paintings in the Lascaux caves in France are as impressive today as they had been to their initial audience. Art is a human endeavor. It is the culmination of the mind, the heart, the hand and the tools. The tools have evolved. Art and the encompassing subjects have changed also over the centuries but its essence, Robilotti believes, has not. The technological “improvements” of the modern age, he laments, lends themselves to rapid production with the benefit of lower costs, but do nothing to address the artist’s soul. Paul’s tools are simple by choice and are nothing but a means to an end.
It is Robilotti’s dedication and mission through his chosen medium to be true to the creative process; it is these manifestations that he offers to you.