Jewellery maker and designer Roberta Pederzoli of Quinta Essenza is renowned for handcrafting contemporary jewellery that is inspired by nature. Roberta uses texture to add dimension and to alter the appearance of her work. The tactful engagement with organic forms, coupled with light brushes of colour, make for an enchanting collection.
Having lived in Scotland for more than 20 years, the influence of both the Scottish landscape and Roberta’s Italian style are prevalent. It is the intersection of these two environments that makes Roberta’s work stand out from the crowd
Nature is an endless source of inspiration for Quinta Essenza. Having been inspired by wood, stones, cracks, leaves, lichens and seaweeds, there is a drive to find that which is beautiful, even in the most unexpected places.
How did your brand begin?
I was playing with my daughter in Italy, making necklaces with daisies and I suddenly realised I wanted to learn how to make jewellery. When I was retraining in Jewellery, I won a Commended Award by The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council also known as the Oscar of the Jewellery Industry.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
My jewellery is influenced by an intertwining of Italian culture and Scottish environment. It is inspired by organic shape. I love recreating a sensation of fairy-tale elegance and enchantment by delicately brushing colours over my work.
Are there any celebrities you would love to see wearing your designs?
Audrey Hepburn. She was extremely sophisticated and elegant in her simplicity.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
I hope my customers feel unique and loved. My motto is Bringing out the special essence within.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
I would probably wear my big necklaces. I am very attached to them and they are the best pieces to represent my idea of jewellery and fashion merging together and becoming indistinguishable from each other.
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
I would like to be what I am, a designer-maker. This is my second career and I love what I am doing.
Are there any other designers whose work you particularly admire, and what jewellery is on your current wishlist?
Goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja who is able to create extremely elegant and sophisticated jewellery by using gold threads. Each piece is a statement, you just need one of his jewellery and a simple black dress to look like a queen.
How do you ensure you’ve got a good work/life balance?
I am a workaholic and am still learning to create a good work/life balance. However, I relax when I am walking in the nature and meditating.
Which 3 current or historic figures would you have over for a dinner party and why?
Leonardo da Vinci, Gandhi and Italian Nobel Laureate Rita Levi Montalcini. Leonardo for his genius and knowledge in art and science, Gandhi for teaching assertiveness without violence and Montalcini for her intelligence, kindness and elegance.