Renowned for making stunning jewellery from woods, fossils, gems and precious metals, Stefano Dimalta doesn’t want his customers to see his pieces as just jewellery, but as unique symbols that will eternalise their most precious memories.
Stefano's love affair with jewellery began in a small silver mining town in Mexico, where he mastered ancient silver and gold-smithing techniques. He formed his own brand, Dimalta Gioielli, in 2008 after 12 years of experimenting with numerous crafting techniques, jewellery designs, and precious materials.
In 2008 Dimalta Gioielli went online, Stefano and Irene created a small family company that is open to the world. Since then, the company and the production team has grown along with friends committed to work with thousands of happy customers, creating a beautiful working community.
Irene takes care of the marketing and imagery, Stefano is the designer and producer of every unique piece at Dimalta Gioielli.
How did your brand begin?
Dimalta Gioielli started in 2008. Before I was doing my own jewellery for 12 years experimenting with different techniques, designs, and materials. I sold my pieces at different selling venues in the US, Mexico, and Italy. When I opened my shop online, I started my own brand.
When did you first fall in love with jewellery and knew you wanted to become a designer?
When I stepped onto a lovely silver mining town in Mexico where I lived for many years in order to learn from great silver-smithing masters. I immediately connected with the craft, tools, metals, stones, designing, and using my hands as a main tool.
How do you source your materials and gemstones?
I like to get my stones and materials from their origin and with suppliers that have an environment and social ethic code. Thanks to the internet I can do that now and connect with people from all around the globe.
How do you ensure your jewellery is ethical and sustainable?
Professionalism and ethical behaviour in my workshop is a must. It is extremely important that my team loves the work, and that they find themselves in a place where there’s always understanding and caring. I make sure my suppliers follow same ethics.
Tell us about some of your most inspiring clients, or bespoke commissions.
Through the years I've had the fortune to create pieces that symbolise love stories and unforgettable memories. Most of my clients buy my rings because they can choose the materials they feel connected to and consequently the ring becomes a part of them. I love being the mediator of this process.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
To not see it just as a piece of jewellery. My rings have symbolism and are unique to every customer. I want them to feel they are wearing a piece of their own history, and connected to that special moment that has been eternalised through the ring.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
Definitely a piece that has Mexican Opal. Still working on how that piece will look!
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
I would probably be doing another craft. I love working with my hands, designing, and creating beautiful statement pieces from raw materials like wood, glass, metals.
If you could travel to one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Hit the road with my bike, see where it takes me.
What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
A little bit of everything, but mostly reggae, 70’s, and 80’s music.