I met Viviana Basetti even before I moved to the island, many moons ago, when we were both still just visiting and exploring the posibility of making Lanzarote our home – which we both did, incidentally. Over the years I have seen Viviana work really hard to make her dream come true. This is her story.
Hi Viviana, what is is your craft?
I handcraft jewellery made of 925 silver under the brand VIVIANA BASSETTI JEWELS.
Where are you from originally?
I am Italian, born in Rome and I have studied a career as a jewellery designer since I was a teenager.
How long have you been living in Lanzarote?
I’ve been living in Lanzarote since 2010. I came here “for love”. I always say it and I like to think that your heart can take you anywhere.
What brought you her intitially and what made you stay?
My now husband (then boyfriend) came to Lanzarote for a temporary job that turned into an unmissable and more permanent opportunity. So he decided to stay. At that point I also had to make an important decision and had to choose. I arrived in Lanzarote with a 20kg suitcase where I had literally packed my whole life up to that moment. I was ready to start a new adventure … and to this day that decision has proved to be the right one!
What is what you like the most about the island?
When I arrived Lanzarote was totally unknown to me: an island with a unique landscape and a climate completely different from the Mediterranean one I was used to. I quickly fell in love with the tranquillity and beauty of this small island. I knew I could build something beautiful here.
And what would be your favourite spot in Lanzarote, then?
Without any doubt, El Golfo. I love looking at that landscape with those colours that for me are the essence of the island.
Have you always been an artisan?
In Italy I worked in a herbalist shop for more than 10 years but my passion was always making jewellery. Here in Lanzarote, after trying various jobs to learn the language and integrate myself, I decided give my real profession a go. I brought from Italy my small but precious goldsmith’s bench, made entirely by hand by artisan carpenters in my family. A unique and precious piece of its kind. Little by little I assembled what is now my (almost) complete workshop – my little world! Here in Lanzarote I have fulfill my professional dream.
What did your jewellery design studies entail?
I went to an Art High School with a specialisation in goldsmithing for 5 years. It was there that I realised that was what I do for a living. After that I specialised in investment casting and wax modelling where I also learned Autocad drawing. I loved taking classes and learning new techniques so I could express my creativity to the fullest.
Always learning, right? What inspires your designs?
My inspiration has always been Nature. In Italy I lived on the Tyrrhenian coast during my teenage years and the Sea is still the protagonist of my creations. My best-known lines currently are : ARENA (sand) – AGUA (water) – CORAL (well, ehem). Without a doubt, what motivates me most is to make customised and unique jewellery. I must confess that the piece of jewellery that excites me the most are the wedding rings. There is nothing more beautiful than designing and making the symbol of a union of love.
Finally, what do you like to do when you are not creating or selling your creations?
What I like to do, out of physical and emotional need is to for a walk to let the mind relax, and if it can be along the beach, even better.
Or even better, come and say hello the various weekly craft markets around the island. You can find her:
-on Tuesdays in Puerto Calero
-on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Marina Rubicón in Playa Blanca
-and on Sundays in Teguise, of course!
Thank you very much for your time, Viviana and I hope Lanzarote keeps inpiring to create your unique and wonderful pieces.