"Ladies and gentlemen, grasping the flesh from the plate with your fingers is considered intolerable in the city from which I come. There are better methods: "Observed" Caterina de' Medici. The noble Florentine lady, for the first time in history, showed the first meal fork at the court of France.
Oro Nativo® is an ancient gold finishing process, handed down from generation to generation within the Torrini family. This technique was typical of the ancient Florentine goldsmith's workshops at the end of 1500 AD. It is a semi-gloss finish, which enhances the naturalcolour of gold, without the use of chemical procedures.
The oldest known example of this art of producing is a 6,000-year old amulet from Indus valley civilization. Other examples from “Late Cycladic” are datable in the 17th century BC. Columella, a Roman writer of the 1st century AD, mentions the processing of wax from beehives in De Re Rustica, perhaps for casting.
The Fiorino d'Oro of 1252 was born as an expression of a city and a county, the Republic of Florence, which in the middle of the thirteenth century was experiencing a prodigious expansion of trade: Florentine merchants and bankers, in fact, had close relations with Naples, Genoa, Venice and other Italian trading centers, not to mention France, England, Spain and Flanders.