The Florentine master goldsmith and jeweller Tommaso Pestelli is a qualified restorer in the jewellery and glyptics section of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, specializing in the restoration of metal artefacts. He carries out an intense restoration activity on commission from heritage services, museums, galleries, antique dealers and private collectors.
Jewelry - Silversmithing - Goldsmithing
He represents the fourth generation of a family of artisans. In 1908 Edoardo Pestelli founded his jewellery business in Florence. After a period working for the prestigious Gioielleria Marchesini, which laid the foundations of his success, his reputation grew so rapidly that he soon became a point of reference for the upper middle class and the international aristocracy. Pestelli’s more illustrious customers included the House of Savoy, the viceroy of Egypt and the Romanian royal family.
The historical legacy of the prestigious family of jewellers is kept alive today by Tommaso Pestelli and his wife Eva, partner in work and life. It was in the family workshop that Tommaso began to learn the craft from skilled artisans, acquiring the know-how that has allowed him to reinterpret the Florentine tradition of goldwork.
After studying at the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Florence, and then taking a diploma from the sculpture department of the city’s Accademia delle Belle Arti, he continued his training at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, graduating in the restoration of jewellery and glyptics, with a specialization in the restoration of archaeological bronze.
He has been the proprietor of the well-known jeweller’s in the heart of Florence since 1989. Thanks to a happy blend of creativity and technical expertise, splendid objects take shape in his hands: refined pieces of jewellery and collector’s items, one-off pieces crafted by hand down to the smallest details and with consummate skill and great creative flair. The Pestelli workshop recalls the atmosphere of a Renaissance bottega, a true Wunderkammer of treasures made with rare mastery.
Tommaso’s prestigious creations can be found at the Maison Talmaris in Paris and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. They are also in the permanent collection of contemporary jewellery at the Museo degli Argenti in Florence.
In 2011 the Pestelli workshop was inscribed in the Register of Historic Enterprises of Italy.