Gypsum (calcium bihydrate, CaSO4 2H2O) is a material that is largely unknown to the majority of the public and yet is very present in some territories and landscapes. Its complex nature is materialized in five different forms: the gypsum stone (aljez), the prismatic crystal (selenite), the fibrous gypsum (sericolite), the sheet gypsum (lapis specularis or espejuelo), the gypsum with lenticular aggregation (rose of the desert). In its different forms it has been used in construction, sculpture, and agriculture since ancient times. The piece that is presented aims to draw attention to the beauty, transparency and adaptability of plaster, simulating it with pieces of recycled plastic that seek to evoke the nature of lapis specularis sheets in a necklace that moves, creating different landscapes at each moment.
Camilla Mileto is an architect (IUAV – Universitá di Venezia, Italy), Master in Architectural Conservation and has read her PhD at the Universidad Politécnica of Valencia (Spain), where she is full profesor in Architectural Conservation. She works on architectural conservation with a special interest in traditional techniques. In fact, she has published several books and articles on this topic. Her interest in contemporary jewelry is born from the interaction of handcrafted techniques and design, as well as the search for forms, textures and processes of materializing the idea. She tries to translate into jewelry her personal interests like architecture, heritage, cultural landscape, etc.