Adina Plastelina was created in 2003 by designers Adi and Sam Leder.
The brand specializes in the design of sterling silver and gold jewelry combined with polymer clay, hand-crafted using the ancient technique of 'Millefiori', which means 'a thousand flowers' in Italian. The combination of noble metals and ancient craftsmanship with modern materials creates an innovative, exceptional design language, giving the jewelry creation a classic and refined look. An elegant daytime item and a royal adornment for glamorous evening wear. The jewelry incorporates a vibrant palette and carries a romantic, timeless grace unaffected by passing trends. The designs are inspired by the Art Nouveau style, with elements and imagery drawn from the world of botany and zoology. The colorful Millefiori patterns are designed after gemstones, crystals, plants, and a multitude of wonderful textures from nature.The brand's unique style has won international acclaim and is considered groundbreaking in the field of jewelry. For a glimpse of our process press here.
About the craft:
In the second half of the 15th century BC, about 3500 years ago, the Mesopotamians developed a technique for creating multicolored glass tools and jewelry. The technique underwent tremendous development in Ancient Egypt and reached its greatest heights in Hellenistic and Roman workshops. It was known as 'mosaic glass'. There are three stages in the creation of mosaic glass patterns: first, a few glass rods of different colors are held together in an arrangement reflecting the desired pattern and fused into one rod of many colors. Second, the composite rod is stretched out with pliers into a long, thin thread. The pattern formed earlier doesn't change, but becomes increasingly smaller. Third and last, the colorful rod is cut into slices, each now showing a one-dimensional image on its face.
Over the years, the technique made its way to many different places across the globe, until finally reaching
the island of Murano, Italy, in the 14th century. In its present incarnation, it is known as 'Millefiori', Italian for 'one thousand flowers', after the famous colorful pattern.
The most significant difference between the mosaic/millefiori technique and the technique used by Adina Plastelina craftsmen is, of course, the use of different materials. Polymer clay is naturally soft; therefore, the “melting” and reducing process is done by manual rolling and tightening, which produces sharper, more precise, and richer results than glass.
To complete the process, the surface of the pendant is coated with transparent enamel, giving it a shiny, glassy, and rich look.