CRISTINA ZANI

 Italian born artist currently based in the Lake District, where she established her workshop after completing an MFA in Jewellery at Edinburgh College of Art.

Her work explores the contrast between modern buildings and ancient temples and palaces of South Korea. She combines natural and painted wood with precious and non-precious metals.

Necklace Cristina Zani

Artist's Statement

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, my work is a reflection on the urban environment, its geometries and unique stories. The collection My Seoul is influenced by the contrast between antique and contemporary architecture of South Korea and reflects my personal experience of its cities. I approach the creation of my jewellery in the same way I would compose a story and, like Marco Polo of Invisible Cities, I borrow elements from the city’s landscape to visually describe it and subtly suggest it to the viewer. 

The choice and juxtaposition of materials, shapes and colours echoes its sombre modern buildings intertwined with bright ancient wooden temples and vibrantly painted palaces. Like those buildings, my pieces show the vulnerability of materials when exposed to time and elements; the layers and colours that slowly transform with the passing of years. Simple in form, but rich in stories and complexities.

Further Images

My Seoul turquoise and gold necklace

My Seoul turquoise and gold necklace

My Seoul green necklace

My Seoul green necklace

My Seoul yellow and patina necklace

My Seoul yellow and patina necklace


My Seoul oxidised and lime green necklace

My Seoul oxidised and lime green necklace

My Seoul silver and oxidised silver earrings

My Seoul silver and oxidised silver earrings

My Seoul green double ring

My Seoul green double ring

Silver, wood, acrylic paint.


My Seoul yellow ring

My Seoul yellow ring

Silver, wood, acrylic paint.

My Seoul tower double ring

My Seoul tower double ring

Copper, patina, 24-karat gold leaf.

My Seoul wooden rings

My Seoul wooden rings

Wood, acrylic paint.


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