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"Surprisingly, due to very different historical reasons, the masters of Italian design have never taken jewellery into consideration. First of all, the functionalist heritage of the modern movement - let's not forget that Italian designers in the 1960s were mainly architects - which not only aimed at emphasizing function but also the social value of the design. And so an apparently useless item, although certainly linked to the aesthetics of luxury, as is jewellery, was, at least formally, of no interest to the masters of Italian design. In realty, these selfsame masters did design jewellery but only privately within their families as gifts for their wives, daughters or women."


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