Lydia Courteille traveling with Natalie

Lydia Courteille is a jewelery artist who amazes with her collections inspired by the long journeys she undertakes. This time, however, the journey is through her collaboration with Natalie Shau, who expresses her art through imaginative images, regularly used by Lydia Courteille to present her jewels. Women depicted in a fantasy, dark and sensual style. The designer with a boutique in Paris, at 231 rue Saint Honoré, has therefore conceived a series of jewels that summarize the long collaboration (18 years) between the jewelery creator and the image creator. The collection is called, precisely, A Natalie.

Collezione La Vie en Rose
Collection La Vie en Rose

In this case the two arts were brought together under the same result. The jewels are composed of gold, gems and small miniature portraits created by Natalie Shau. A style that recalls the great traditions of the past, when a small enamel portrait was inserted into medallions and pendants. The images that are part of the A Natalie collection are instead inspired by the collections created over time by Lydia Courteille, which can mostly be found on

A Natalie collection
A Natalie collection

For example, the Xochimilco collection was inspired by memories of Courteille’s first trip to Mexico, at the age of 21. Colorful jewelry depicted the folk traditions of Mexico and the Christian beliefs revolving around the Santa Muerta and the animist beliefs of the Mayan civilizations. Vanitas, on the other hand, is an invitation to reflect on the fleeting nature of life. Another jewel recalls the Marie Antoniette Dark Side collection, the last queen seen through her decadence, in open contrast with the sweetened reinterpretation of the nobleman who ended up on the guillotine.

Xochimilco collezione
Xochimilco colection

Again: a medallion is inspired by the collection dedicated to the kunstkammer, the chambers of wonders, small naturalistic museums that amazed the ancients. Another jewel recalls the Fragrant Concubine collection, inspired by the Chinese legend of the Uyghur girl who became consort of the Chinese emperor of the Qing dynasty in the 18th century. Other jewels are those inspired by the Crusades, with Masonic and religious symbols. Another jewel is dedicated to another woman from the past, Cassandre Salviati, inspired by the collection dedicated by Luydia Courteille to the poem Amours de Cassandre, written in 1552 by Pierre de Ronsard. Finally, other jewels that trace the work of Lydia and Natalie concern the Sahara collection, inspired by the trip to Tassili, Algeria.

Vanitas collection
Vanitas collection
Fragrant Concubine
Fragrant Concubine
The Cruasades
The Cruasades
Marie Antoniette Dark Side
Marie Antoniette Dark Side
Curiosity cabinet (kunstkammer)
Curiosity cabinet (kunstkammer)
Lydia Courteille. Copyright:
Lydia Courteille. Copyright:

Pasquale Bruni, jewels between heart and nature

Pasquale Bruni high jewelery between nature and feeling. With a play on words: the collection is called Heart to Earth, which summarizes the fundamental concept of the Maison, a balance between earth and beauty. Because Eugenia Bruni, creative director of the Valenza company, always underlines a dimension in her collections that goes beyond simple aesthetic exposure. As in this case, in which the call of the natural environment is combined with that of femininity and passion. All elements that are transferred into a series of high quality jewels.

Eugenia Bruni. Copyright:
Eugenia Bruni. Copyright:

Heart to Earth takes up the Maison’s trademark, the four-petaled flower, which is reworked in white gold with a pavé of diamonds, which are also used to delimit the edges of the rings. Or to enrich a luxurious choker with a pear-cut sapphire hanging from the classic Pasquale Bruni flower.
Heart to Earth, rings
Heart to Earth, rings

Furthermore, the jewels use emeralds, whose green color reflects the theme of nature, alongside the red of the ruby, the color of passion. These gems come from Mozambique, from one of the most valuable deposits in terms of precious stones, and at the same time one of the most ethically safe, demonstrating the Maison’s attention to the ethical aspect linked to the origin of the gems. The other precious stone par excellence, the sapphire, is found here in a variety of intense Royal blue, the color of sky and sea. In this case the gems come from responsible deposits in Madagascar or Sri Lanka.

Collana in oro bianco e diamanti
Necklace in white gold and diamonds
Anello in oro bianco, diamanti e smeraldo
Ring in white gold, diamonds and emerald
Anello in oro bianco, diamanti e zaffiro
Ring in white gold, diamonds and sapphire
Orecchini in oro bianco, diamanti e rubini
Earrings in white gold, diamonds and rubies

Positive semester for Gismondi 1754

Gismondi 1754 is among the rare jewelery companies that provides information on its activity. The laudable policy includes the half-yearly results of the Genoese company, listed on Euronext Growth Milan. The consolidated half-yearly report as of 30 June 2023 indicates a production value of 8.05 million euros, with an increase of 11% compared to the 7.23 million of the first half of 2022. The wholesale channel grew in absolute value by 4% compared to the same period of 2022, mainly thanks to the increase in Europe (+1.4 million compared to the first half of 2022). As regards special sales, the first half of 2023 closed in line with the first half of 2022, while the franchising channel grew in absolute terms by 3% thanks to the new contract signed for the opening in Qatar.

Bracciale in oro rosa e zaffiri rosa
Bracelet in rose gold and pink sapphires

The business performance in the first half of 2023 confirms the continuous and constant growth of Gismondi 1754, despite the international geopolitical instability and the recent economic data arriving from the Far East, in particular from China, which, inevitably, are already influencing the both American and European economies. Our development plan, for the second half of the year, will be focused on the consolidation of our positions in the USA and the Middle East, with the imminent opening of our first franchise in Qatar, and on the implementation of our wholesale network in reference markets such as ‘Europe, with a focus on Germany. The latter, together with Spain, represent a new market for us, recently opened with the VicenzaOro fair. As previously communicated, external growth is an objective of the Company and, after the acquisition of the Vendorafa brand, we are in fact evaluating other strategic operations to cover the entire value chain. I would like to point out that our growth will be supported with our own internal resources and I exclude the opening of capital to attract new finance.
Massimo Gismondi, CEO of Gismondi 1754

Massimo Gismondi. Copyright:
Massimo Gismondi. Copyright:

The half-yearly report also records an Ebitda (gross margin) at 30 June of 1.40 million, up 72% compared to the first half of 2022, with a margin of 17% in the first half of 2023 and a net growth compared to the previous year of 6%. The net financial position improves, which remains negative (5 million compared to 3 on 31 December last), due to “the significant increase in inventories” based on the new collections and the growth of sales channels. On the other hand, the consolidated net profit as at 30 June 2023 rose to 674 thousand euros, almost doubled compared to 374 thousand in the first half of 2022, thanks to the turnover volumes and the growth in margins on sales.
Gismondi 175, Vita necklace. Copyright:
Gismondi 175, Vita necklace. Copyright:

Alviero Martini 1A Classe in Soho

Alviero Martini 1A Classe’s world tour continues with a stop in New York. This time the jewels proposed by the brand that has become famous for the maps printed on bags and suitcases focus on Soho. The neighborhood of the American city inspires the IP gold steel bijoux line made up of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. The collection revolves around the slightly squared forzatina chain. This type of chain is among the most popular, with individual elongated links that intertwine in a uniform pattern. In this case the chain is used for chokers, sautoirs and bracelets.

Orecchini pendenti
Drop earrings

The chain is interspersed with a new motif composed of the alternation between the 1C monogram enclosed in a shield and crystal studs. Prices: the choker (49 euros) with a 1C monogram and two crystals, the sautoir in which the elements are repeated animating the composition of the chain (59 euros), the bracelet with a monogram and two crystals (49 euros) and the bracelet with a sequence of monograms and crystals (59 euros). All necklaces and bracelets feature a personalized adjustable clasp with Geo Map engravings. The rings are available in three sizes with the shield with the 1C monogram (39 euros). The earrings are offered in the stud version with the 1C coat of arms (29 euros), in the pendant version with two crystal studs and the shield in the center (39 euros) and in the version with a forced link, a crystal and the 1C monogram (49 euros).

Alviero Martini 1a Classe, anello Soho
Alviero Martini 1st Class, Soho ring
Bracciale in acciaio con finitura Ip gold
Steel bracelet with IP gold finish
Collana con maglie allungate
Necklace with elongated links
Orecchini a bottone
Stud earrings

Giovanni Raspini with Silver Shine

A jewel must shine, be noticed. And this is what the new Shine collection by Giovanni Raspini proposes, one of the novelties for autumn winter 2023-2024. The workmanship of the jewels is that favored by the Tuscan brand, with an alternation of sparkling and blackened silver. But, in addition, the choker necklace, chain with pendant and bracelet with a practical snap closure, as well as the ring and earrings that are part of this line adopt colorless and transparent cubic zirconia set in the metal, to make the jewels more attractive.

Anello della collezione Shine
Ring from the Shine collection

The stones have a round cut, with clearly visible facets. The jewels of the Shine collection retain the typical elements of Giovanni Raspini, namely the textured volumes of the small spheres in molten and burnished silver.

Bracciale in argento e cubic zirconia
Bracelet in silver and cubic zirconia Shine
Orecchini in argento e cubic zirconia Shine
Shine earrings in silver and cubic zirconia
Pendente Shine
Shine pendant

Alessandro Lo Re brand director of Marco Bicego

A new manager joins Maison Marco Bicego, a Venetian fine jewelry brand: Alessandro Lo Re becomes Brand Director Italy. The manager has a degree in Political Science and has significant experience in the luxury jewelery sector, gained over the last six years within the French LVMH group for the high-end brand Fred Paris, where he came to hold the position of Sales Director Southern Europe. Since the beginning of his work experience, he has held commercial roles of increasing responsibility in the luxury sector in international companies such as Swarovski, Montblanc and Pomellato.

The appointment of Alessandro at the helm of the Italian market goes in the direction of strengthening and consolidating the positioning of the brand in one of the most strategic markets for us. We are happy to have managed to select a highly experienced personality and we are certain that his skills and vision will make a fundamental contribution to the brand’s future projects. His leadership will be able to guide the brand in its affirmation on the Italian territory, but also in the growth and transformation of the business.
Marco Bicego, founder and creative director

Marco Bicego. Copyright:
Marco Bicego. Copyright:

Lo Re will be responsible for the corporate strategy with a clear focus on the execution of the growth plan for the Italian market, the most important in Europe and home to the brand’s parent company.

I am excited to join Marco Bicego and look forward to the challenge of leading the brand’s growth and business transformation in the Italian market. Marco Bicego fascinates me as a fine jewelry brand that has a fully integrated business model, with its unique positioning and highly distinctive design in the jewelry world.
Alessandro Lo Re, brand director

Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo in Marco Bicego Jewelry

Piaget luxury returns with Limelight Gala

A great classic of haute horlogerie returns, a small jewel that also marks the hours: Piaget Limelight Gala. Piaget also defines this model as more of a jewel than a watch. Launched in 1969, the 21st Century Collection is a historic collection. According to enthusiasts, it marked the convergence between watchmaking and jewelry, thanks to the development of the 9P in 1957, a hand-wound mechanical movement just 2 millimeters thick. The dials of wristwatches and Swinging Sautoirs were covered with brightly colored ornamental stones (malachite, opal, lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye) and paired with textured solid gold bracelets. In 1973, just four years after the iconic 21st Century Collection, Piaget gave shape to the collection that would later become the Limelight Gala.

Piaget Limelight Gala
Piaget Limelight Gala

The watch is recognizable by its generous curves and asymmetrical bezel lugs, set with precious stones, with one side extending upwards and the other downwards. The name Limelight Gala, however, dates back to its debut in 1973. The collection was given this name only retrospectively, given its extraordinary history. From the moment it was created, the watch has been seen worn at receptions, parties, balls, dinners and galas on the wrists of famous women and men, such as Cary Grant, Sammy Davis Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Ursula Andress and Andy Warhol.
Piaget Limelight Gala in oro bianco, diamanti, zaffiri, pietre semi preziose
Piaget Limelight Gala in white gold, diamonds, sapphires, semi-precious stones

Limelight Gala still retains its charm even in 2023. It is made with gold threads woven into a Milanese mesh, ensuring a smooth finish and second-skin feel. It is sculpted, sometimes like a chain, sometimes like the finest flowing fabric. There’s still an explosion of color on the dial, while the bezel is generously wrapped in perfectly matched stones. Malachite, lapis lazuli, or kaleidoscopic opal are finished with white diamonds. Enamel and sapphires shine in shades of blue and green. The fantasy of the design also emerges in the double rows of stones in a scale of rainbow shades or adorned with flamboyant marquise-cut diamonds.

Pubblicità del 1969
Advertisement from 1969

Piaget Limelight Gala in oro e diamanti bianchi
Piaget Limelight Gala in gold and white diamonds

No-hacker jewelery with futuroRemoto

A heart free from pirates of feelings and, given the era in which we live, also from digital dangers that beset everyday life. The association between the two extremes is summarized in the No hacker in Heart collection presented by the futuroRemoto brand, founded in Lecce (Puglia, Italy) by Gianni De Benedittis. The jewels in the collection are partly obtained with the micro-casting technique, while others are unique pieces, made by hand. In this case, human creativity prevails over artificial intelligence. The design of the jewels seems consistent with the concept summarized by the name of the Maison: a mix of traditional technique combined with futuristic shapes.

Collana con cuore
Heart necklace

The jewels, a series of necklaces, should be made of silver and gold bath, like the others proposed by the Maison, with the addition of semi-precious stones, often with an original cut, as well as small sculptural elements. The No hacker in Heart collection will be available online and at Banner, a Milanese luxury brand boutique in Via Sant’Andrea, which is part of the Biffi Group.

Collana con stella
Star necklace
Girocollo di futuroRemoto
Choker by futuroRemoto
Gioiello della collezione No hacker in Heart
Jewel of the No hacker in Heart collection
Collana della collezione No hacker in Heart
Necklace from the No hacker in Heart collection
Collana in argento bagno oro
Necklace in gold-plated silver

New website for Federorafi

New site, new graphics and new claim for the website of Federorafi, Italian Federation of Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewelers and Manufacturers, an association led by Claudia Piaserico and part of the Confindustria galaxy: it brings together over 500 companies, with more than 6 thousand employees concentrated in the industrial districts of Vicenza, Arezzo, Valenza, Milan, Naples and Torre del Greco. The site was designed and created by Meneghini & Associati Inventia, an integrated communications agency, which also coined the claim: Industries of value. The intent is to underline the production process, structured, organized, and with a strong orientation towards innovation of the goldsmith companies that are part of it. And the value lies in the raw materials used, but also in the skill of processing metals and precious stones.

The site navigation experience is functional to the challenges that the gold sector will have to face in the coming years, from innovation and internationalisation. Without forgetting the need to recruit young people in a sector that unfairly suffers from little appeal for those entering the world of work. A section of the site is reserved for members to encourage meetings with new partners, also with the aim of opening a permanent discussion table between brands and manufacturing companies. The new projects on which the Federorafi Board intends to concentrate its commitment are highlighted: from sustainability, with the transparency and traceability of products, to respect for legality to combat actions that can affect the entrepreneurial fabric. The goldsmith sector is interpreted as one of the greatest expressions of Made in Italy precisely because it is able to transfer its creativity to the processing of precious metal.

My Charm’s light jewels

A family of goldsmiths, two brothers who intend to continue the goldsmith tradition, and a lot of initiative: this is how My Charm was born, a jewelry brand created by Fabio and Simona Palumbo, with experience with another brand behind them Medaglia Foto, which offers gold pendants with a photographic portrait embedded in them. My Charm, however, has chosen to create and sell more traditional jewellery: earrings, rings, chains, bracelets. They are jewels that are not intended to surprise with originality, but to please by being worn without problems. Although there is no shortage of models with a studied design.

Anelli indossati My Charm
Rings by My Charm

Gold, precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires and rubies, but also many semi-precious gems, are used to enrich the jewels, which prefer very small dimensions: a choice that positively influences the retail price. The registered office of My Charm is in the heart of Naples, in the ancient Borgo Orefici, while the production headquarters is located in the Centro Orafo Il Tarì in Marcianise (Caserta, Italy). My Charm jewels can be found in over 150 points of sale throughout the country.

Anello in oro con topazio
Gold ring with topaz
Bracciali in oro con gemme
Gold bracelets with champagne gems and diamonds
Collana con pendenti a cuore
Necklace with heart pendants
Orecchini in oro e diamanti
Gold and diamond earrings
Orecchini a cuore in oro e diamanti
Heart earrings in gold and diamonds

Tiffany and Rimowa jewelry holders

It’s not enough to produce jewellery, then you have to transport it, rearrange it and look after it. Now Tiffany and the German Rimowa, a company with a tradition that dates back to 1898 in the luggage sector, will take care of it. The collaboration between the two brands led to the Rimowa x Tiffany & Co. collection. The line consists of a series of bags and suitcases: jewelry cases and a Rimowa x Tiffany & Co. rock cut cabin trolley, i.e. with a mirror surface which features a design reminiscent of the facets of a diamond. It is made in Germany from brushed aluminum.

Il set Rimowa x Tiffany
Rimowa x Tiffany set

We are thrilled to present the Rimowa x Tiffany collection, bringing together two Houses of unrivaled craftsmanship and innovative design. This one-of-a-kind collaboration combines two icons into one, both incredibly personal to me and representing the highest level of craftsmanship.
Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of product and communications, Tiffany & Co.

Alexandre Arnault
Alexandre Arnault

It must be added that, curiously, the LVMH group, which controls Tiffany, also includes a large brand of bags and suitcases such as Louis Vuitton. In any case, the new travel jewelry case features the classic Tiffany Blue shade inside, a color that is also used for the suitcase handle, on the wheels and on the closure. The jewelry box extends over three levels, with an opening from the top. Inside there is also a mirror with a silver plate underneath which can be engraved to personalize the object. The jewels are placed on a shelf at the top, with five compartments for storing precious items. The central tray is designed to hold necklaces and bracelets while the one below features three large spaces designed to store other pieces.
Rimowa x Tiffany & Co jewellery case
Rimowa x Tiffany & Co jewellery case

We are proud to join forces with Tiffany & Co., another legendary brand with the finest craftsmanship. Creating such purposeful and unique pieces represents the centuries of experience behind both brands and the engineering mastery we bring to the table.
Hugues Bonnet-Masimbert, CEO of Rimowa

Prices: the Rimowa x Tiffany & Co Rock Cut Cabin (2,900 euros), the Rimowa x Tiffany & Co. Jewelry Case (3,900 euros) and the Rimowa x Tiffany & Co. Jewelry Personal (1,800 euros). They can be found in Rimowa stores and online and in the United States at Tiffany & Co. Landmark in New York City and on in Greater China via WeChat.

Jewelry case Tiffany Blue
Jewelry case Tiffany Blue

Suitcase Rimowa x Tiffany & Co
Suitcase Rimowa x Tiffany & Co

A royal blue diamond at Christie’s

It has a French name and certainly blue blood: the Bleu Royal diamond will be the highlight of the next Magnificent Jewels auction on November 7 at Christie’s in Geneva. It is a big diamond for being among the few with the color of the sea: it weighs 17.61 carats and is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue gem ever to appear for sale in the history of auctions. The gem has been cut and polished into a perfectly symmetrical pear shape. The diamond, which boasts an intense, vivid blue color and impeccable clarity, is among the rarest ever found. The estimate is between 35 and 50 million dollars. Bleu Royal has been part of an important private collection for 50 years now and it is the first time that the stone, set in a ring, will be put up for sale at auction.

This is a true miracle of nature. Throughout our 257-year history, Christie’s has had the privilege of offering the world’s rarest gems at auction, and Bleu Royal continues this tradition. We are proud to offer collectors the opportunity to own a diamond fit for a king.
Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewelery at Christie’s

Rahul-Kadakia durante un'asta di Christie's
Rahul Kadakia during a Christie’s auction

Driven by collector demand and an increasingly limited supply, prices for high-quality colored diamonds have increased exponentially in recent years. In auction rooms, Fancy Vivid Blue diamonds over 10 carats are virtually unknown: in over 250 years of auction history at Christie’s, only three of these stones have ever appeared for sale:
• The 10.95-carat Bulgari Blue sold for $15.7 million in New York in October 2010
• The 13.22-carat Winston Blue, sold for $23.8 million in Geneva in May 2014
• The 14.62-carat Oppenheimer Blue, sold for $57.5 million in Geneva in May 2016

Bulgari Blue
Bulgari Blue
Winston Blue
Winston Blue
Oppenheimer Blue
Oppenheimer Blue

Soft Picchiotti rings, but is high jewelry

Soft, flexible, comfortable: but above all high jewellery. Picchiotti presents new pieces from its Xpandable collection, a patented system that allows rings and bracelets to adapt to the shape of the body. An appreciated quality, but hardly available to those who purchase high jewellery. For example, a ring with a pear-cut emerald surrounded by baguette diamonds, while other emeralds embrace the stem of the jewel. Or another ring, also with an emerald, but in this case with the classic emerald cut, framed by other diamonds.

Anello con smeraldo taglio pera e diamanti baguette. Copyright:
Ring with pear-cut emerald and baguette diamonds. Copyright:

Again with Xpandable technology, but classified as cocktail rings, there are three rings, each of which, alongside the diamonds, features three side-by-side precious stones: sapphire, ruby and emerald. They are top jewels. The sapphire ring, for example, has a 6.67-carat Sri Lankan stone in the center, flanked by two other sapphires of 2.65 and 2.54 carats. Another version of this model features three diamonds for a total of 6 carats plus a frame made up of almost 3 carats of blue sapphires.

Anello e bracciale con diamanti e zaffiri della collezione Xpandable
Ring and bracelet with diamonds and sapphires from the Xpandable collection
Anello con diamante fancy yellow e due rubini
Ring with fancy yellow diamond and two rubies

Anelli cocktail con rubini, zaffiri blu, smeraldi e diamanti
Cocktail rings with rubies, blue sapphires, emeralds and diamonds

Bracciale in oro e diamanti by Picchiotti
Gold and diamond bracelet by Picchiotti. Copyright:

Mothers in a hot air balloon with the Babies

Newborns to be celebrated on the fly, literally flying, but with a jewel. The Le Mongolfiere line by leBebé arrives for new mothers. The new jewels have been designed to expand the Suonamore family, dedicated to pregnant women. Suonamore jewels are small pendants capable of tinkling to which LeBebè has now added the shape of a small air balloon, synonymous with freedom and, perhaps, a look towards the future. A thought that often crosses the thoughts of new or future mothers.

Collana Mongolfiere in argento
Hot air balloon necklace in silver

The Hot Air Balloons, like all the proposals of the Suonamore family, contain a small bell inside them, which emits a tinkling sound. The balloon does not lack the characteristic sign of leBebé, the girl and boy silhouettes as well as little hearts, while the end represents a suspended basket. The line is available in two versions, both in silver and available in gold, silver and rose gold shades. The first version is in shiny silver with a cord, the second in a mix of shiny and satin silver, with a chain of the same color.

Collana con finitura oro rosa
Necklace with rose gold finish

Collana Mongolfiere in argento tonalità gold
Hot air balloon necklace in gold-tone silver

Vacheron Constantin celebrates Darwin

Nature’s hour strikes with Vacheron Constantin. But not only. Because the four Métiers d’Art limited editions are inspired by the scientific epic of the naturalists who embarked on the Beagle, the English brig that hosted Charles Darwin, who wrote The Voyage of the Beagle, at the beginning of 1830. A journey that changed the history of science and nature. The series comprises four horological tableaus, at the crossroads of science and art, miniature engraving and enamel masterpieces powered by the in-house caliber 1120 AT/1 with satellite wandering hours.

Le quattro edizioni limitate Métiers d'Art
The four limited editions Métiers d’Art

This series is the sequel to the 1994 Mercator timepiece (homage to the mathematician, cartographer and geographer Gerardus Mercator), the Métiers d’Art Homage to the Great Explorers series, the last examples of which were presented in 2021, and the Métiers d’Art series les Aérostiers of 2018, created to commemorate the conquest of the skies. During the adventurous journey around the world, between 1831 and 1836, naturalists were able to observe fabulous plants
bright-leafed tropical plants, colorful birds of paradise, exotic butterflies, groves of flowering trees and fruit trees and a fascinating variety of animals.
La lavorazione con lo smalto
Working with enamel

To create these new limited editions made up of ten pieces, Vacheron Constantin has chosen to combine two métiers: the master engraver, who creates the curves and depth effects of the decoration with precision to the tenth of a millimetre, and the master enameler, who uses fire and pigments. Four days of work are needed to bring to life the scenes that animate the 41 mm diameter white or rose gold case, whose silhouette, characterized by a very thin bezel and screwed lugs, is inspired by the watches produced by Vacheron Constantin over the years Eighties and nineties of the last century.
Il calibro 1120 AT1 è visibile attraverso il fondello in vetro zaffiro
Il calibro 1120 AT1 è visibile attraverso il fondello in vetro zaffiro

On the watches the ship is depicted returning to Europe, skirting the African coast near the Cape of Good Hope: the passage has been used by navigators since the end of the 15th century, and is visible in the enamel miniature of the maritime scene presented in the lower part of the dial. A landscape recalls that observed by naturalists when they stopped at the Cape of Good Hope. The delicate plumage of birds perched among the leaves is coordinated with the languid silhouette of an iguana: a naturalistic scene to be observed at the heart of the 41 mm diameter rose gold case. The caliber 1120 AT/1 is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The strap is made of green Mississipiensis alligator leather and a rose gold folding clasp.
Disegno preparatorio
Preparatory drawing

Métiers d’Art Homage to naturalist explorers
References 7500U/000G-B991: Cape Verde – 1
7500U/000R-B992: Strait of Magellan – 2
Caliber 1120 AT/1
Developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin
Automatic mechanical
22 carat gold oscillating weight with tapisserie decoration
28mm (12 lines ó) in diameter, 5.45mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 rubies
Timepieces certified by the Hallmark of Geneva
Continuous display of hours and minutes
White gold/rose gold case
41mm in diameter, 11.68mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal case back
Waterproofness tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approximately 30 metres)
White gold dial, on two levels, miniature on Grand Feu enamel
Hand engraved with gold application
Strap Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator lining, hand stitched,
stitched, large square scales
Pin buckle in white gold/rose gold
Polished half Maltese cross
Limited series consisting of ten timepieces per reference.
Models available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

Uccelli appollaiati tra le foglie sul quadrante dell'orologio
Birds perched among the leaves on the clock face

Antonini from Milan to Amalfi

Antonini Milano goes to Amalfi (Italy). But it’s not for tourism. Amalfi is the name of the new collection of the Milanese Maison, which deviates from the usual aesthetic paths dictated by designer Sergio Antonini. For those who don’t know it, Amalfi is a small town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, which in the early Middle Ages was also a maritime republic, like Genoa, Pisa and Venice. It also gave its name to the Amalfi Tables, a maritime code used throughout the Mediterranean area from the 12th to the 16th century. Since 1997 the Amalfi Coast has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Anelli in oro rosa con pavé di diamanti neri, champagne e bianchi
Rose gold rings with pavé black, champagne and white diamonds

In short, it is a place loved by tourists and full of history and charm. Certainly a name that evokes holidays, the sea, the pleasure of cooking. All these sensations have been translated into a series of jewels dedicated to a young audience, with light, thin necklaces and rings characterized by small pavés of white, champagne or black diamonds. In some models the pavé is limited to a pendant, in others the small diamonds are set inside the metal, with a style that characterizes Antonini production. Gold is polished or satin, white or pink.
Collane della collezione Amalfi
Necklaces from the Amalfi collection

Anello in oro rosa satinato con diamanti champagne
Satin rose gold ring with champagne diamonds
Anello in oro rosa lucido con diamanti neri
Polished rose gold ring with black diamonds

Orixas scapular necklaces with Gi by Giselle

Jewelery inspired by a mysterious religion, with roots in deep Africa and sprouting in Brazil: Umbanda. From these beliefs the Florentine Maison Gi by Giselle, founded by the Brazilian designer and former model Giselle Effting, takes inspiration for the Orixas collection. Umbanda is a syncretic religion that incorporates elements of Catholicism, spiritualism and African religions, where the orixás are spirits sent by the supreme creator, Olodumare, to assist humanity and to teach how to succeed on Ayé (the Earth) .

Collana Orixas indossata
Orixas necklace worn

The collection, however, is very concrete and transforms the symbolism into jewels made with titanium chain and 18k gold pendant. Each jewel represents one of the subjects that populate Umbanda. For example, Ogun, the God of war and technology. Or Oxala, the divinity of creation, the orixá who created men. The necklaces adopt the scapular style, a term that originally indicates a fabric worn by monks to preserve the ordinary robe and now also a necklace that has one element in front and another behind the shoulders. But you don’t need to be a follower of Umbanda to be able to wear them.

Collana Xango e Oxumare
Necklaces Xango and Oxumare
Collana Oxala e Ossaim
Necklaces Oxala and Ossaim
Giselle Effting
Giselle Effting

The loving asymmetry of Kavant & Sharart

Love at first sight, jewels forever. The romantic story of Kavant & Sharart is signed by two designers based in Bangkok: Nuttapon Yongkiettakul, aka Kenny, and Shar-Linn Liew. The two met in 2004 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Raised in a family of jewelers Nuttapon Yongkiettakul has design in his blood. After graduating from university, the couple moved to California: Kenny attended courses at the Gia, while Shar-Linn completed his studies in the financial sector. Until she was infected with a passion for jewelry. Once married, Kenny and Shar returned to Bangkog and their work attracted the attention of jewelry aficionados.

Anello Origami in oro, diamanti e tsavorite
Origami ring in gold, diamonds and tsavorite

Kavant & Sharart’s style has nothing oriental about it. Rather, it is inspired by original, modern geometries, with a splash of art deco. The couple also won the debut award at the 2016 Couture Show. Gold, precious stones, but above all a predilection for curves that suddenly stop at acute angles, with volumes that are sometimes deliberately asymmetrical: the Maison’s jewels are also sold from big luxury stores like Harrods, because together with love, business triumphed.

Orecchini con perle South Sea, zaffiri rosa e smalto
Earrings with South Sea pearls, pink sapphires and enamel
Pendente con zaffiri viola e blu
Pendant with purple and blue sapphires
Pendente con zaffiri viola e blu
Rose gold ring with diamonds and enamel
Orecchini Le Phoneix con diamanti bianchi e neri
Le Phoneix earrings with white and black diamonds
Anello Origami in oro bianco diamanti e zaffiri
Origami ring in white gold, diamonds and sapphires
Orecchini Origami in oro e diamanti
Origami earrings in gold and diamonds
Bracciale Talay Wave Twist in oro bianco e diamanti
Talay Wave Twist bracelet in white gold and diamonds

New Batticuore for Unoaerre

The heartbeat never stops when love is intense. And also when a jewelry collection is loved. This is demonstrated by Unoaerre‘s Batticuore (heartbeat) collection, which returns with new pieces in gold and natural diamonds. For the autumn-winter 2023 season, the heart-shaped elements proposed at the debut are transformed into rounds that alternate on the jewels. The heart, however, remains as a pendant in the bracelets. It’s not the only news. Alongside the 18-karat yellow gold, small brilliant-cut diamonds and numerous semi-precious stones also appear on some models. For example, amethyst, peridot, carnelian, presented with cabochon cut.

Anello in oro giallo
Yellow gold ring

The Batticuore collection is made up of numerous chain bracelets, chain rings, with or without stone, rather long necklaces and pendant earrings with the round motif or with a semi-precious stone from which a thin gold chain starts. On the other hand Unoaerre, a company founded in 1936 in Arezzo, has a long history of manufacturing yellow metal jewellery.

Anello in oro con ametista
Gold ring with amethyst
Bracciale in oro e corniola
Gold and carnelian bracelet
Bracciale in oro giallo
Yellow gold bracelet
Collana in oro giallo e peridoto
Necklace in yellow gold and peridot
Orecchini in oro giallo e peridoto
Yellow gold and peridot earrings

Seven versions of Florence with Annamaria Cammilli

Florence, the city where the Renaissance was born and where Annamaria Cammilli operates, a jewelry house that has just celebrated its first 40 years. And on that occasion the new ring, Florence, dedicated to the homeland of Dante and Botticelli was presented. The ring was developed in seven versions, which are now available. Unlike Annamaria Cammilli’s other jewels, the Firenze ring was not made solely with the classic Aetherna satin finish, but with variants that also include the polished version, or the presence of various types and designs of pavé diamonds and precious stones .

Firenze Galaxy Lux in oro bianco e diamanti
Firenze Galaxy Lux ring, 18kt white ice gold with diamonds

Seven different finishing versions and different uses of stones, each version is produced in a limited series of just 40 examples. Furthermore, the ring is offered with exclusive packaging: a casket totally sculpted in alabaster stone. The seven versions of the Firenze ring include the Lux version, gold only, Icon and Icon Lux, in the style of the iconic Dune collection, available in a satin version with Aetherna finish and a polished version. Again: the Galaxy and Galaxy Lux versions with pavé, available in a satin version with Aetherna finish and a glossy version. Finally, the Pavé and Pavé Color versions, completely covered with stones, diamonds or colored precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds, brown and black diamonds.

Anello Firenze Pavé in oro rosa champagne e diamanti
Firenze Pavé ring, 18kt pink champagne gold with diamonds
Anello Firenze Pavé in oro nero lava, smeraldi e diamanti
Firenze Pavé Color ring, 18kt black lava gold with emeralds and diamonds
Anello Firenze Lux in oro nero lava e diamanti
Firenze Icon Lux ring, 18kt black lava gold with diamonds
Anello Firenze con oro orange apricot e diamanti
Firenze Icon ring, 18kt orange apricot gold with diamonds
Firenze Galaxy in oro rosa champagne e diamanti
Firenze Galaxy ring, 18kt pink champagne gold with diamonds
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