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The thinking behind our designs

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Our logo

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Our logo takes the octagonal shape of Castel del Monte a castle built at the behest of Emperor Frederick II and reproduces its outline, omitting the eight corner towers and retaining the proportional relationship between the octagon formed by the external walls and that of the inner courtyard.     

The eight towers are replaced by four points and four letters: N, P, N ,D, an acronym of the phrase attributed to Frederick in relation to falconry: “Nothing more difficult than this art, but nothing more beautiful than knowing how”. Which we have transcribed concisely in Latin as :

NIHIL PVLCHRIVS NIHIL DIFFICILIVS

” nothing is more beautiful and nothing is more difficult.”

 

Frederick II flower

Eight

 

The number eight, the octagon, the eight-petalled flower and octagonal geometric shapes – often of Islamic inspiration – occur very frequently in the emperor’s symbology

Symbols

In the most commonly-used interpretation, the octagon represents the intermediary between the square (the earth, substance, humankind) and the circle (the sky, perfection, the divine).

We won’t enter into the detail of this mystical reading, which is a matter for personal interpretation, but we can confirm that, at least visually, octagonal shapes and anything connected with the number eight were very familiar to Frederick and formed part of his aesthetic universe.

 

 

Palatine Chapel

 

The ceiling of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, which Frederick saw countless times as a child, is exquisitely decorated with geometric patterns in which octagonal elements are almost an obsession.

Cappella Palatina

Also the Palatine Chapel in Aachen, where he was crowned twice, is octagonal in shape; even the iconic crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which Frederick received in 1220, is octagonal.

The ring

When his sarcophagus was opened in 1781, Frederick’s right hand bore a gold ring in the shape of an eight-petalled flower with an emerald at the centre.

 

Frederick ring

The Crypt

Cripta Santa Maria

In the crypt of the church of Santa Margherita in Melfi, a town very dear to the emperor, there’s a fresco depicting the warning of the dead.

Many historians have identified Frederick II of Swabia among the subjects, dressed as a falconer and with a falcon on his gloved hand. 

The woman behind him is thought to be his third wife, Isabella of England – blonde and blue-eyed – while the third figure may be the emperor’s son Conrad IV.

Both carry hunting bags bearing an eight-petalled flower, a motif of which Frederick was particularly fond.

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The octagonal keyring

This item consists of two parts which open; on the front is a falcon swooping on its prey, on the back is our logo, the octagon positioned in the centre of sloping sections which symbolise the Castel del Monte on the top of its hill.

Inside, concealed and protected like a truly precious thing that does not reveal itself but must be sought and then discovered with awe, is the quote by Frederick, with a diving falcon at the centre.

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The oval keyring

This item depicts a diving falcon, framed by the inscription Nihil Pvlchrivs Nihihl Difficilivs .

The dive, or stoop, is the emblematic image of falconry.

We falconers watch eagerly – even obsessively – for that moment, so brief to the eye but forever imprinted on the mind, but we also know how difficult it is to glimpse it.

The falcon is a symbol of speed, of masterful flight and freedom, and in the case of this item we opted for the poetic solution of not locking it in place but rather allowing it to move (fly?) in some way: it rotates, subtly supported by the stems of the beloved eight-petalled flowers.

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The pendant

Pendant " Falcon and flower"

The  octopetal flower was one of Frederick II’s favorite symbols and hunting with falcons was his greatest passion, we combined them together to create this pendant in his honour. 

Our pendant depicts a diving falcon and the dynamic track of its trajectory.

The design of this item of jewellery is also  our small homage to Frederick’s passion for knowledge and thus for science.

Indeed he invited the most illustrious scientists and philosophers of the age to his court.

In this way he met the great mathematician Leonardo Pisano, aka Fibonacci, to whom Frederick granted an annuity, allowing him to devote himself entirely to his studies. Fibonacci is best known for the Fibonacci sequence.


The spiral and the flower

In our pendant, the trajectory taken by the falcon as it leaves the circle is a logarithmic spiral, and this spiral – also known as a golden spiral or spira mirabilis – can be drawn using Fibonacci’s  numerical sequence.

 What’s more, the proportion between the diameter of the flower and that of the circle (apart from tiny inaccuracies due to the manufacture) is also close to the golden ratio.

Once again, the falcon is not immobile, but can move; its axis is Frederick’s eight-petalled flower.

 

 

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Curiosity

For the record, and without judgement, we also mention the study published in 2000 by biologist Vance A. Tucker, who researches avian flight and vision at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Tucker maintains that the spiral is the ideal trajectory that allows the peregrine falcon to swoop on its prey at maximum speed, since it allows it to watch the prey by looking sideways while keeping its head straight, thus improving aerodynamics and maximising speed.

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"L'Orientale" pendant

The name comes from the cultural interconnections of falconry which Frederick II was precursors of and its geometries take inspirations to oriental arabesques.

Registered design as for all our items.

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Girofalcis

The Master

Why this tribute to Frederick? 

Because we firmly believe that falconry can’t be merely described as hunting only, or better to say, technically it is, at the highest level, but minimize its definition to this term as it’s intended nowadays is an understatement in describing its potential, on the other hand we would be called hunters instead of (as it has always been) falconers.

Hunting, in this case, is the bridge to reach a refinement, a personal perfection, its implementation becomes a way to verify our own knowledge and the quality of the work done after a long time training.

And here it was Frederick who showed the way; he had a lofty and noble vision of falconry, he interpreted it as a discipline that transcends the purpose of hunting to become an art form. 

Approaching to falconry making its wisdom and its practice your one’s beliefs can definitely help the human in improving himself.

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