Baldi,the artistic craftsmanship in the 21st century
Baldi spans the full range of artistic excellence. Its profound knowledge and centuries-old experience of traditional techniques and craftsmanship, combined with a contemporary and innovative business vision, allows it to be future forward and innovate with groundbreaking manufacturing processes and the most advanced technologies.
Baldi has always held true to ancient craft techniques - from stone cutting and bronze chiseling to the lost wax method of casting and gilding. The company also seeks the best raw materials on the market: it uses only first-quality raw materials and semiprecious stones from all four corners of the globe.
However, the expert artisans working for Baldi are the true embodiment of the heart and spirit of the company.
Each artisan is selected according to their ability to work with different materials.
They are experts and professionals capable of interpreting Baldi’s perception of beauty.
Semi-precious stones Mosaic
The russian mosaic of semi-precious stones was born in Florence at the end of 16th century and It has been passed on in a few artisanal companies that still nowadays can enjoy this artistic know-how adapting it into new classic or contemporary shapes.
Found in many countries in the world, mosaic's origin is raw semi-precious stone: the intense blue of lapis lazuli, the deep purple of amethyst, the green malachite, the amber-brown tiger eye and red jasper are just some of the stones mainly used by Baldi in its artistic productions.
Cut in think slices, the hard stones are attached in small pieces on round of flat surfaces, creating furnishing pieces or accessories embellished by this fascinating ancient technique.
Florentine Commesso of hard stones
The Commesso Fiorentino of hard stones is an ancient craft born at the end of 16th century due to the need to transform the art of mosaic, which existed at the time of Medici family in Florence, into something een more advanced and refined, which more closely resembled a form of “painting”.
Today, Baldi's master craftsman still keep this tradition alive by creating, in accordance with the original technique, magnificent stone decorations in several colours. Hand-cut and shaped by craftsmen, stones featuring various shades are applied, according to the selected design, onto mosaic surfaces in lapis lazuli, amethyst, malachite, tiger eye or rock crystal.
The verb chiseling is commonly used to describe refined beauty.
The chiseller builds its own tools: used with extreme precision, they are capable of decorating, enhancing, or highlighting the lost-wax casted bronze's shapes.
Thanks to this artistic technique, materials already fascinating such as bronze can reach a higher preciousness, worthy of being treated as pieces of jewellery.
Lost-wax Bronze Casting
The lost-wax bronze casting is a bronze manufacturing technique known since ancient times. It fell into disuse in the Middle Ages in Western world, but during Renaissance the desire of embracing again the classic world favored its recovery.
Baldi is one of the last companies in Italy which is still nowadays giving light to its creations respecting this ancient antique .
Crystal Blowing and engraving
The process of creating Baldi crystals is one of the most complex and fascinating. It starts with mouth-blowing of melted crystal, where artisans give a desired shape to the crystal.
The second step is called engraving: when the crystal is solid the maestros cut the crystal by hand in different patterns to decorate its surface and in the final stage the whole piece is polished with a special acid to give a contrast between polished and satin crystal cuts.