The Nymphè Project
I am Nunzia Laura and this is my story
She has taken part in excavation activities in Cuma (Na), San Sepolcro (AR), Zambrone (VV) and Verucchio, where she taught younger students the archaeological drawing techniques. On several occasions, her artistic talent has merged with the technical ones, thus enabling the comprehension of scientific information. In the past few years, she has collaborated with the Austrian Archaeological Institute of Vienna as part of a team of researchers for the study of amber artefacts within the treasure of Artemision in Ephesus in Turkey. At the Austrian Historical Institute in Rome she developed a project focused on the amber and gold fibulae. At the Calatia Museum in Maddaloni she contributed to the setting up of the Female Costume Room and to the writing of the catalogue. Here, she studied the findings from a princely female burial with extremely rare gold and amber jewels. She still cooperates with the university of Massachusetts to develop a comprehensive study on the bone artefacts from Murlo (SI). In all national and international meetings, from Italy to Latvia, she has unraveled the reproductions of fibulae before the astonished eyes of the audience. The purpose was to show the beauty of ancient jewels, giving the most concrete meaning to her presentations and reports. At the museums of Pontecagnano (SA) and Ascoli (AP) she showed and explained the amber fibulae with their reproductions. The books she has read, the pieces of art she has admired in museums and ateliers as well as her numerous trips around the world have inspired the design of new jewels. From London to Rome and Vienna she has followed the footprints of the famous goldsmiths Castellani who, during the 19th century, created what they called “Italian archaeological jewelry”. They were inspired by the precious Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine antiquities. Destiny was going to bring Nunzia Laura to meet “maestro” Mario Tiumfo, who inherited rich craftsman knowledge on Etruscan jewelry from famous goldsmiths. In 2017 she founded the brand Nymphè with the help of her “maestro” and has recently presented her first collection of jewels shown in preview at the Casa del Pellegrino in Pompei. Museum of Maddaloni, instead housed the first jewelry exhibition, in which a new strategy for streaming archaeological results was introduced: a conference followed by a fashion show. The event has been replicated with success in Acerra (NA) with renewed enthusiasm amongst experts and non-experts. At present, Nunzia Laura is conducting pioneering researches in this field. She is preparing a postdoctoral project based on the craftsmanship of polymaterial ornaments, including accurate archeometric investigation, with the constant guide of the Professors of Prehistory and Etruscology of the University Federico II, professors Marco Pacciarelli and Alessandro Naso. Thanks to her strong passion, to her parents’ and family’s support and to the enthusiasm of many people who appreciate her ideas, Nunzia Laura will continue spreading her knowledge and art through the Nymphè jewels, and not only.