Since when I was I child I’ve been intrigued by the Sperada/Raggiera history, a very elaborated ornament, worn by women in Brianza and considered also as “Head Silver”, its uses and multiple stories.
My research began in the early 90, when I retired, and when I try to seek the origins from storiers told from my father when I was a child.
It’s been quite hard because the material was just a few but with a lot of patience I could recover everything in public libraries, museums and historical archives; there I reached written papers, drawings and everything could help my job.
In Brianza (north of Milan) I could also reach Sperada’s owners, which stories helped me to know that Sperada’s hostory is 500 years old and it ended, unfortunately in 1940.
This experience brought me to try to rebuild the same pieces I could see in the museum and it was like bring the Sperada back to life again. I’ve built about 60 pieces, and all of them has a short storie with it.
Some of them are in museum like Alessandro Manzoni’s house in Milan, in Torre Viscontea in Lecco, in Palazzo della Provincia in Varese and in the Biennale del Gioiello in Vicenza, and also in many towns all around Brianza.
All the story it’s shown in my book “La Sperada” edited by Eta Beta.