When we talk about fashion, we think about ephemeral side of the phenomenon: what’s more popular in a particular period, how people feel about it, what is trendy? Some phenomena have played a key role in history becoming real landmarks. Ve.Ga. was born in 2005 with this aim.
Give life to something different in a so difficult and singular context. It was a goldsmith company created by two artists: Roberto Galeno Mellucci and Francesco Verolla. It is located in the goldsmith center “Il Tarì”. Their unique and exclusive jewellery can satisfy designers and common people needs.
On the workbench all your wishes become true. At first they draw some ideas projects helpful to achieve your jewel, then they move to the manufacturing process get to the complete manufacturing labor.
The essential connections between Roberto and Francesco are their continued testing, trials and experimentations to realize their ideas.
The discovery of cork is a fundamental milestone. They sincerely believe that a “non metal” could be elevated to a noble material, as gold or silver. So Tappo’s was born. It isn’t a simple jewelery brand but a philosophy, a natural thought connected to the beauty, culture, nature.
With this production Roberto and Francesco create precious accessories so original that become seductive and incomparable. Tappo’s highlights the sophistication and refinement of the jewel in which is enclosed all the Mediterranean beauty. The strength is the respect for the ecosystem in which everything turns into something else.Re-use and natural transformation led to their cork creation, in which nothing is wasted.
Cork scraps are minced in little bits and then they are combined to create new jewels. In this way Tappo’s helps in preserving cork oak using the constantly regenerating bark.Jewels made of 925 silver are nichel free: environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic.Small-scale production methods are guaranteed by a quality team of master artisans.
This vision has led to create Tappo&Pasta in which mediterranean nature, italian manufacturing and cork are mixed in a single symbol: pasta.Bronze is the protagonist of this special collection inspired by bronze drawn pasta. Bronze jewels are gold dipped. Following the teaching of Benvenuto Cellini the objects are totally handmade by investment casting and then finished on the workbench.
Roberto grew as a goldsmith in Cassano Magnano, Gallarate and Varese, where he improved his art. In 1990 he moved to Naples in “Borgo degli Orefici”, where he discovered a real passion for ancient jewellery restaurating some masterpieces.
Following the Neapolitan tradition he moved to Torre del Greco and started to work with corals and cameos. The next steps were the collaborations with famous engravers and cameo creators like Master Noto and Apa Company. His professional background was constantly enriched by meeting with designers, architects and antiquarians like Riccardo Dalise.
The latter will bring Roberto to expose his jewels in New York.Roberto has been working for several years with Amlè, a brand that married his philosophy.
Francesco is a an excellent neapolitan setter of precious stones. Attention to details and precision are his major qualities.Through his imaginative mind he turns stones, diamonds and gems in masterpieces. In 2000 he specialized in micro setting with microscope at Tarì.
His elegant, perfect and beautiful works can be easily recognized. Today, working with Ve.Ga., he boasts many collaborations with Italian and foreign companies.