In Italy, Using Modern Jewelry Machinery for New Creations

Manufacturers in Vicenza are experimenting with technological advances that would allow brands to go beyond traditional handcrafted methods.

VICENZA, Italy — Earlier this year, the Italian gold jeweler Fope introduced its new collection of Flex’it necklaces by throwing an extravagant party for about 300 guests at a 17th-century estate on the outskirts of this city in the Veneto region, a UNESCO World Heritage site about 50 miles west of Venice.

To highlight the flexibility of its patented 18-karat gold mesh chains, the brand, founded here in 1929, had members of Urban Theory, a popular hip-hop dance troupe based in Milan, perform their signature tutting style — moving their limbs in dramatic

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