When young Leonzio “Leo” Pizzo arrived in the “City of Gold” Valenza, Italy, he knew next to nothing about jewelry making.
But what Pizzo lacked in training, he made up for in raw, creative talent. Originally trained as a painter, Pizzo was a gifted artist—albeit not a commercial sensation. His financial misfortunes were what prompted him to break into the more lucrative world of jewelry. Pizzo’s penchant for design and creativity was immediately recognized by Mr. Emanuelli, founder of the jewelry brand Emanuelli & Buzio. Mr. Emanuelli brought Pizzo into the fold, first as an apprentice and then by teaching the promising upstart the secrets and centuries-old techniques of the trade. Pizzo ultimately became a partner at Emanuelli & Buzio.