All my fascination with metals started long time ago, when as a child I was secretly pleased every time a temperature thermometer was falling down, breaking and realising its mercury inside. Despite knowing it was dangerous, I loved playing with it, separating the mercury into little spheres and hypnotically watching them merge together. However for many years afterwards I did not pursue any path which involved working with metals, stones, fire and soldering. It was only after an explorative period of my life that I was drawn into it. Although it was challenging to retrain in a field where I did not have any experience or knowledge, a part of myself felt immediately very comfortable and at ease with it. In March 2013, when I was still a student, I won (as Roberta Hibberd) a Commended Award in Fashion Jewellery (QVC Special Award) by The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council also known as the Oscar of the Jewellery Industry. This gave me the confidence of pursuing a career in Jewellery Design and Making, hence Quinta Essenza was born.
My creations are influenced by an intertwining of Italian culture and Scottish environment, having lived in Scotland for almost 20 years. I love organic shapes and think nature is an endless source of inspiration. I enjoy observing wood, stones, cracks, leaves, lichens and seaweeds, and find beauty where normally it is not seen. Every piece I make is carefully crafted with consideration of texture and colour to create a unique and timeless work.