The Italian moka pot, or caffettiera. We’ve all had one – or know someone who did (including pretty much everyone’s nonna).
Despite its daggy reputation, it can produce a delicious cup of coffee if you know how to use it properly. But the iconic design doesn’t just belong in the kitchen anymore.
Melbourne-based jewellery designer Alicia Millan – of label Aletheia & Phos – has created a moka pot-inspired pendant, so now you can wear it around your neck too.
Together with Broadsheet, Aletheia & Phos is giving you the chance to win one of three solid 14-karat-gold pendants: the Caffettiera (valued at $759); the Bust, a classical-style female torso (valued at $929); and the Cloud, for manifesting dreams (valued at $619). Each comes with a chain.
The pieces form part of Aletheia & Phos’s new collection, Ritual – The Art of Daily Life, which was born out of lockdown. “I created eight small charms in solid gold and silver inspired by finding art in our daily life – our solitude in isolation, our rituals, personal growth, simplicity and our hopes and aspirations,” says Millan. “Ritual has become the most essential part of my life.
“[The Caffettiera] reminds me so much of my nonna and nonno,” she adds. “But it’s also the most important part of my morning – having my coffee … after I meditate, with my cat on my lap watching the sunrise.”
Millan says seven months of social isolation forced her to reassess what is most important to her. “I find joy in the tangible,” she says, “in placing meaning [and] projecting my stories onto the objects that fill my life, my home.”
Other pieces in the collection include an eight-point guiding star, a hand (a symbol of human connection), a gold nugget (for a solid foundation), and a medallion (for self-love and acceptance). All come in 14-karat gold or silver, with prices ranging from $249 to $1789.
Millan works with a number of artisans from around the world. Small teams in Thailand, Germany, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia cover everything from silver and gold production to bracelet-making and lapidary (engraving, cutting or polishing of stones and gems).
“I only work with artisans that have RJC certification,” she says, referring to the Responsible Jewellery Council, a leading global standards authority for the jewellery industry.