Carrera y Carrera’s sculpture jewels are back

Origen, that is, return to the origins. It is the name of one of the new collections of Carrera y Carrera, the largest Spanish jewelery brand that has returned to full-scale play after a brief interlude. The name of the collection is significant. The collection follows the style of the house: very rich, with the intention of competing with the world of sculpture, including exotic animals, interpreted with realism, together with ornamental and architectural elements. The use of bas-relief and the combination of glossy and matte is also among the distinctive features of Carrera y Carrera. Many of Carrera y Carrera’s jewels, in fact, are small works of naturalistic goldsmithing, with statuettes, animals and plants that seem to have come out of a laboratory from the Baroque period. Like another of the novelties, the My Angel collection: follows the same direction, with a mini sculpture of a golden angel combined with the letters of the alphabet.

Orecchini della collezione Origen in oro giallo, diamanti e diopsiti
Boucles d’oreilles de la collection Origen en or jaune, diamants et diopsites

On the other hand, the goldsmith tradition of eighteenth-century Spain is still alive. Of course, Saturio Esteban Carrera, a young emigrant to Madrid at the end of the nineteenth century, where he opened a small jewelery company called Barrio de las Letras, would never have imagined it. Instead, the jewels of the Maison of the Spanish capital have been worn by royalty (the tiara for the Queen of Belgium, in 1960) or exhibited in museums, such as the Dream of Icarus, chosen by the Kremlin museum.

Mistral Mini Ring in oro bianco, diamanti e tanzanite
Mistral Mini Ring in white gold, diamonds and tanzanite
Collezione My Angel, pendente in oro bianco e giallo, diamanti
My Angel collection, pendant in white and yellow gold, diamonds
Secret ring, chiuso. In oro bianco e giallo, diamanti
Secret ring, closed. In white and yellow gold, diamonds. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Secret ring, aperto. All'interno si scorgono le figure ispirate all'amore segreto di Romeo e Giulietta
Secret ring, open. Inside you can see the figures inspired by the secret love of Romeo and Juliet. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Bracciale Shanghai in oro giallo e diamanti.  Copyright: gioiellis.com
Shanghai bracelet in yellow gold and diamonds. Copyright: gioiellis.com

The simple success of Maman et Sophie

It’s called Maman et Sophie but, despite the French name, it is an Italian jewelery brand, Florentine to be precise. And it is also a phenomenon: in a few years it has become one of the most popular brands in Italy, thanks to the formula adopted. The jewels have very affordable prices (from 50 to 300 euros on average), the style is very simple and immediate, the wearability is guaranteed. The jewels are also sold online and having immediately focused on e-commerce was one of the keys to the success of the brand.

Anello Mon Coeur in oro rosa 18 carati e rubini
Mon Coeur ring in 18K rose gold and rubies

The idea of ​​Maman et Sophie is by the Florentine designer Elisabetta Carletti, who founded the jewelry company with the help of her husband and partner of the Maison, Federico Lastrucci, who passed away in 2019. The adventure of Maman and Sophie began in 2008, when Elisabetta Carletti decided to leave the profession of lawyer started in a large Florence firm. The birth of her first daughter, Sofia, left her time to reflect: she started designing jewelry, her passion, and making the first prototypes in silver rose gold plated. The name of the company, Maman et Sophie, is the photograph of that period. And the formula chosen, simple jewels, at a reduced price, with light and minimal style, was successful.

Bracciale Etoile in oro rosa, zaffiri, smeraldi, rubini
Etoile bracelet in pink gold, sapphires, emeralds, rubies
Bracciale in oro giallo, granato rosso
Yellow gold bracelet, red garnet
Girocollo in oro rosa 18 carati
Necklace in 18-karat rose gold
Orecchino in oro giallo 18 carati con topazio azzurro
18K yellow gold earring with blue topaz
Orecchino Angel in oro giallo 18 carati e topazio azzurro
Angel earring in 18K yellow gold and blue topaz

The treasures by Como Gioielli

Salvatore Como Gioielli, the virtuosity of the Valencia school.

Salvatore Como Gioielli is an artisan jewelery company created by Salvatore Scibetta. Goldsmith, jeweler, designer, after having worked for companies such as Santagostino, Crova and Cantamessa, Scibetta decided to set up on his own in 2007. Even if it is called with the name of a Lombard city, Salvatore Como Gioielli is based in Valenza, in the Italian luxury jewelry. Scibetta immediately put the accumulated experience to good use to design and produce unique pieces of the highest quality. But most of the production is towards other brands, which require the ability and experience of Como Gioielli.

Como Gioielli, aneli polpo e orecchini palla, in oro e zaffiri
Como Gioielli, octopus rings and ball earrings, in gold and sapphires

For example, the company is capable of producing pieces such as the emerald necklace in 18-karat white gold, with natural stones for 43 carats, emerald earrings in 18-karat white gold, the Margherita collection, with an adaptable multi-size ring in 18-karat white gold , diamonds, emeralds, rubies and natural sapphires. Finally, an 18-karat red gold slave bracelet with 22-carat natural white diamonds. Or the series of jewels inspired by the marine world, with octopuses and stars in gold, diamonds and sapphires: a work that only the most skilful Maisons can produce.

Anello Fucsia
Fuchsia ring
Orecchini Palla
Ball earrings
Anello a forma di polipo in oro rosa, diamanti e zaffiri rosa
Octopus-shaped ring in pink gold, diamonds and pink sapphires
Collana in oro e diamanti
Gold and diamond necklace
Bracciale in oro 750 e diamanti interamente eseguito a mano
Bracelet in 750 gold and diamonds entirely handmade
Bracciale in oro 750 e diamanti interamente eseguito a mano. Sottobracciale intercambiabile in pelle di galuchat
Bracelet in 750 gold and diamonds entirely handmade. Interchangeable under bracelet in galuchat leather

How to avoid allergies to nickel

Have you ever found marks on the skin where you have worn rings, necklaces or earrings? They could have been caused by nickel allergy. Here’s what you need to do to avoid nickel allergy ♦

Receiving a beautiful ring as a gift and not being able to wear it: the fault lies with the allergy. It often happens that a jewel, perhaps a favorite, turns out to be an enemy of the skin. The most common cause is nickel dermatitis, also called contact dermatitis, nickel allergy. The problem can arise at any time and at any age. Even jewelry that up to that moment has never caused irritation, can suddenly turn out to be harmful. Each individual human body reacts differently to nickel depending on tolerance and sensitivity level. Among other things, there are rare cases in which the allergy is also manifested by wearing gold or silver jewelry: but the most frequent cause is, also in this case, the nickel content present in bijoux. Pure gold and silver are metals too soft to be transformed into frames. Nickel has often been added, like zinc and copper, to make gold and silver more resistant and allow it to give the desired shape. In addition, the nickel gives a shiny effect. Zinc and copper do not damage the skin, which is instead more and more nickel.

Saranno gioielli a prova di dermatite?
Will it be dermatitis-proof jewels?

The dangerous metals. Keep in mind that 14-karat or 18-karat gold contains a greater amount of different metals than 24-karat gold, the only one that is completely pure. In short, the purer the gold, the less allergies it causes. Nickel is also used in jewelry in alloys with platinum and white gold. But platinum jewelry is quite expensive and, statistically, there are fewer cases of allergies, as it is rarer. In addition, platinum and white gold are also often reinforced with palladium, a metal that does not cause allergies. However, it is more expensive.

Bancarella di bijoux
Jewelery stall

Often the allergy is caused by the contact of the metal with the most sensitive layer of the skin, such as the hole in the nose or ear. Nickel penetrates through the skin into the bloodstream of the body. At this point the cells react to the nickel. Another cause that can give rise to allergies is sweat. When it is hot and the jewelry is worn for a long time, the skin sweats. Perspiration comes into contact with the metal of the jewelry, dissolves the nickel, and forms nickel salts. The salt reacts on contact with the skin and causes the allergy. It is commonly believed that women suffer more than men, but the number of men wearing jewelry is far less.

L'attrice e modella Kendall Jenner su Instagram con un enorme anello al naso
Actress and model Kendall Jenner on Instagram with a huge nose ring

Symptoms. Nickel allergy can cause blood loss, or swelling and the production of pus. In most cases, however, there is a constant itching or burning around the area where the skin has been in direct contact with the jewel. More rarely, allergic people find a blue tint on their finger after removing a ring, or a rash or red spots on the skin. Nickel allergy sufferers end up wearing only stainless steel jewelry. In fact, this metal also contains nickel, but it also does not leave it as it is hermetically held, it rarely comes in direct contact with the skin.

Orecchini di metallo con lega di nickel indossati
Worn nickel alloy metal earrings

Another enemy are the traces of soap and water under the jewels. The cleansers break the protective shield of the skin and allow the nickel to come into direct contact with the deeper layers. Earrings and rings are more likely to retain water droplets after a bath. Taking off your jewelry before washing is a useful precaution, especially when doing housework and hands being washed countless times. Detergents or other cleaning products that get under a ring can cause allergy. Unfortunately, there are no cures: dermatologists offer some medical treatments, but they are usually only effective for the short term. After some time, regardless of the treatment, the allergy reappears.

Dermatite da anello
Ring dermatitis

How to avoid allergy. If you really don’t want to do it, or if you forget to remove the rings, pass a layer of transparent nail polish inside the jewel: it can help avoid direct contact with the metal. Another precaution to avoid allergies can be to apply talcum powder before wearing the jewelry: in this way, humidity is avoided. Furthermore, those who fear an allergic reaction must be careful not to wear tight earrings, rings or chains: if the air passes through the jewel it is less likely that contact with the skin causes a reaction. Alternating jewelry more often reduces the risk. Finally, remember to keep the jewelry clean and dry. Those who are very sensitive to nickel can choose lacquered or palladium-plated jewelry.

Do you want to know what nickel is?
It seems the original name of this metal, nickel, derives from the Swedish word Nickel, diminutive of a proper name, Nicolaus. And in the tradition of the Nordic country Nicolaus was a name given to people of little value, but also to goblins. But metal has nothing to do with Henry Potter’s wizarding world. Nickel, or nickel, is a metal that was already used in the Bronze Age, over 3500 years ago, in the Middle East and China. In the West, nickel came into common use in the mid-eighteenth century, when Baron Axel Frederik Cronstedt, attempting to extract copper from a mineral, niccolite, obtained a white metal which he called nickel, a name that derives from the German Kupfernickel, that is, false copper, or from nickel (elf, little devil in German).

La moneta di nickel da 5 centesimi di dollaro con Thomas Jefferson
The 5 cent nickel (25%) coin featuring Thomas Jefferson

Why is it used?
Nickel is a white, silvery metal. It belongs to the iron group and is therefore hard, but also malleable, easy to work with. It is also appreciated in jewelery for the properties it gives when alloyed with gold, platinum or silver, especially because it gives strength and is resistant to corrosion.

Una moneta da 5 centesimi: contiene nickel
A 5 cent euro coin: contains nickel

Nickel, in addition to being present in many jewelry alloys together with gold, is used in a wide range of products. So if you have signs of allergy on your hands, maybe it’s not your earrings, but cutlery, watches, scissors, lighters, cell phones, doorknobs and even coins. And if you have marks on your neck, it is not certain that the cause is the necklace, but perhaps glasses, food and pots…

The first thing to do, in short, is to check with which metals you come in contact often.

But, be careful: maybe you do not know that nickel can also be hidden in cosmetics, personal hygiene products (such as hair dyes, toothpastes, shampoos, nail polishes). In this case hunting nickel is easier. Read the label well: the presence of nickel must be declared by the manufacturer, even if you may find it written in small letters. Finished? No: who is really very allergic also risks at the table. In fact, some foods naturally contain nickel, even if in very small quantities. In any case, if your allergy does not disappear, eliminate these foods.


Here are the forbidden foods:

blueberries, oats, buckwheat, walnuts and hazelnuts, broccoli, potatoes, baking powder, apricots, cabbage, spinach, peanuts, carrots, tomatoes, oysters, figs, onions, asparagus, lentils, whole wheat flour, beans, liquorice, cooked and raw pears, mushrooms, corn, lettuce, peas, almonds, tea, lobster, margarine, cocoa and chocolate, avocado.

Blueberries: good, but…

Fortunately, according to experts, only less than 20% of nickel allergies are caused or worsened by food. But if this is the case you have to eliminate these foods altogether for at least a month or a month and a half before you see a difference. In any case, do not worry, you do not risk starving.

Here are some foods without nickel:

radicchio, endive, fennel, aubergines, courgettes, peppers, cucumbers, beets, watermelon, melon, citrus fruits, peaches, bananas, strawberries, grapes, milk and dairy products, 00 flour, rice, meat, fish (but not mussels, clams, sea urchins and crustaceans), brewer’s yeast.

Ottimi peperoni
Great peppers

Last advices if you suffer from nickel allergy:

    • When you open the tap, run the water for a few minutes to remove any traces of nickel released from the pipes.
      If you are cooking a cake, use baking soda instead of baking powder to rise.
      Choose pyrex pots, glass, aluminum, unglazed pottery, silargan, teflon. This type of crockery prevents the release of nickel from cutlery or other utensils you use.

What to do if the earrings cause allergy

It happened again: those earrings you like so much caused an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, you are not alone: ​​about 20% of women suffer from allergies to certain metals and earrings are one of the worst enemies. The earlobe, in fact, is a very delicate part of the body. Allergic reaction to nickel, contact dermatitis, is the body’s immune response to something it believes is harmful, just like fighting a bacterium or virus.

Orecchini Lolli Bijoux indossati
Lolli Bijoux earrings worn

Allergic symptoms caused by contact with metal usually appear 24 to 48 hours after wearing the earrings. The discomfort consists of itching, redness, swelling, a feeling of heat and, for those who are very sensitive, even dry skin and blisters. The bad news is that metals that are allergy-proof are very rare. Usually those with these allergies choose hypoallergenic earrings. But the truth is, it’s not always a good idea. What to do if an allergic reaction occurs? Consulting a doctor is always the best idea. Likely, a dermatologist will prescribe remedies such as oral antihistamines and cortisone to reduce inflammation. If, however, the allergy is mild, just do not wear the jewelry and, if necessary, use a soothing cream.

Che cosa fare se si scatena una reazione allergica? Consultare un medico è sempre l’idea migliore.
What to do if an allergic reaction occurs? Seeing a doctor is always the best idea

The word hypoallergenic, in fact, does not mean that they are immune from causing allergic reactions. The term hypoallergenic only means that earrings are less likely to cause an allergy, not that they are 100% guaranteed. Hypoallergenic earrings usually work for most women. But they are not suitable for everyone: there are those who are more unfortunate.

Metals that cause allergies
Nickel is the number one defendant. This metal has long been used in an alloy with gold to make the yellow metal more resistant and attenuate its original color, until it turns white, and is the main source of intolerance for those with sensitive skin. But nickel is not the only metal to cause allergies. Nickel is used in yellow gold. But even pink gold can cause allergies to those who do not tolerate copper, the metal used in alloy for the pink hue. Beware of karats: if 18-karat gold is the best, it still means that 25% of your jewel is made up of other metals, which could cause allergies. If, then, it has 14 karats, it means that almost half of the metal is not gold.

Orecchini indossati
Worn earrings

Unfortunately, even if it is always proposed as a hypoallergenic material, steel can also cause allergies (although it is usually offered with the addition of the word surgical, which should reassure those who use it). Steel, in fact, can contain traces of nickel and iron and can cause a reaction in those with hypersensitive skin. If you are allergic to copper, pay attention to brass. This alloy is in fact composed of copper and zinc. Gold-plated jewelry is often made of brass. If you wake up with green earlobes, you have probably been wearing brass compound earrings.

Also pay attention to the plated earrings. Plating usually allows you to keep the prices of the jewel low, but it is a very thin barrier, often not exceeding a few thousandths of a millimeter, in practice the thickness is equivalent to a tenth of a hair. It doesn’t take much to corrode or scratch this surface. If you have metal allergies, a plating may not be enough to prevent your earlobes from reacting.

Orecchini in titanio verde e diamanti di Jacob & Co
Jacob & Co. green titanium and diamond earrings

The good metals
There are metals that are 99% tolerated even by the most sensitive ears. A hypoallergenic metal is platinum, precious and even more robust than gold. Titanium is also low allergy risk. Another metal that does not cause allergies, but is very rarely used in jewelry, is tantalum. It is durable and extremely resistant to corrosion. There are those who propose tantalum wedding rings.

Orecchino indossato
Earring worn

How to transform allergy-causing earrings
If you have earrings that you cannot give up, the best idea is to take them to a jeweler to replace the metal part in contact with the ears with a hypoallergenic material, a good metal in short. You can also try a simpler solution: smear on the clear nail polish pins. Enamel creates a barrier between the nickel and your precious lobes. However, we must remember that this operation must be repeated after wearing the earrings.

Orecchini della collezione I Am indossati
Worn earrings from the I Am collectio

Cannabis and jewelry, the odd couple

Marijuana leaves also inspire fine jewelry, from Bulgari to Daniela Villegas and … ♦︎

The New York Times has also written about this: the world of jewelery and high jewelery has discovered the new leaves and flowers for its inspiration. After the lotus flower, the roses, the daisies and the innocent calla, the new vegetable to arouse interest is cannabis. Yes, the plant that, when properly pruned and dried turns into marijuana.

Bulgari, collier ispirato alla marijuana in oro bianco, diamanti, smeraldi
Bulgari, collier ispirato alla marijuana in oro bianco, diamanti, smeraldi

Bijoux at low prices that reproduce cannabis leaves have been on sale for years. They are sold to an alternative youth audience and are quite simple. Now, however, even the world of high jewelry has decided that marijuana leaves are a subject to be transformed into jewelry. Even following the decision by some countries, such as Canada or California, to liberalize cannabis use. Bulgari, for example, has recently presented a collection, Wild Pop, which also features pieces that reproduce marijuana leaves, like a necklace with diamonds and emeralds. A provocation? Maybe. But it’s calculated. In California Daniela Villegas has proposed a series of necklaces with pendants in the shape of pipes for smoking grass, made in gold, tourmaline, prehnite and topaz.

Daniela Villegas, collana con pendente vaporizzatore di cannabis, oro, diamanti, tormalina, lapislazzuli
Daniela Villegas, collana con pendente vaporizzatore di cannabis, oro, diamanti, tormalina, lapislazzuli

Also in California lives another designer who added marijuana leaves to her Sweet Leaf collection, Jacquie Aiche. A little more related to the alternative, but luxury world, is the Sapphire Collective in Los Angeles, which created the Stoned collection with necklaces and pendants in 18k gold with sapphires that they have the shape of joint, worn by a model who smokes visibly.

Brent Neale Winston ha deciso di portare al Couture di Las Vegas le sue creazioni in oro, diamanti e malachite
Brent Neale Winston ha deciso di portare al Couture di Las Vegas le sue creazioni in oro, diamanti e malachite

Nikki Erwin of the Established brand has instead created a pair of diamond earrings and a bracelet coordinated with a series of cannabis leaves, which are often mistaken for innocent stars. And Brent Neale Winston decided to bring his gold, diamond and malachite creations to Las Vegas Couture. A stone that is perfect for her jewelry with the shape of marijuana leaves.

Orecchino di Jacquie Aiche in oro e diamanti
Orecchino di Jacquie Aiche in oro e diamanti
Un braccialetto d'oro con foglie di cannabis, spesso scambiato per stelle, di Established
Un braccialetto d’oro con foglie di cannabis, spesso scambiato per stelle, di Established
Le collane della collezioen Stoned di Sapphire Collective
Stoned collection by Sapphire Collective
Orecchini di Brent Neale Winston in oro, malachite, diamanti
Orecchini di Brent Neale Winston in oro, malachite, diamanti
Orecchini di Brent Neale Winston in oro, malachite, zaffiri, tormalina
Orecchini di Brent Neale Winston in oro, malachite, zaffiri, tormalina

Ana Khouri, imagination to power

Brazilian fantasy, American concreteness: that’s why they like Ana Khouri jewels ♦

Ana Khouri, born in San Paolo, based in New York, the city design. Brazil is for decades been a hotbed from which come jewelers global quality. And Ana Khouri, the daughter of an engineer and a pianist, has successfully combined the grace of music with mathematical rigor. The result is a mixture of fantasy and simplicity, yet luxurious. Her jewels have been worn by Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Liberty Ross, Rihanna, Isabeli Fontana, Emma Watson, Alicia Vikander, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Glenn Close, Sara Paulson, Karlie Kloss, Claire Foy, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Lawrence.

Phillipa Diamond ring
Phillipa Diamond ring

Given also that the designer studied sculpture at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in his hometown, it’s simplest to say that its jewels are extremely three-dimensional shapes. Never flat shapes, despite the search for essential forms. In New York, the enterprising young Brazilian has also studied at the Gemological Institute of America then moved to London to graduate from Central Saint Martins. In short, she pocketed the better curriculum for a jeweler. The result, her jewels, are appreciated by a large number of celebrity. You see why in these pictures: earcuff large diamond-studded rings that twist as bent by the wind, earrings from the elusive form of small cones. To mark as a favorite.

Ana Khouri
Ana Khouri
Gold Maia diamond & 18kt yellow and white gold ring
Gold Maia diamond & 18kt yellow and white gold ring
Row ring, con pavé di smeraldi
Row ring, with emerald pavé
Choker in oro 18 carati e smeraldo
Choker in 18K gold and emerald
Row earrings, con pavé di smeraldi
Row earrings, with emerald pavé
Orecchino con pavé di diamanti e smeraldo
Earring with pavé diamonds and emerald

Alarm for the very big earrings

Beware of earrings that are too big

They can cause damage, especially if worn frequently. Here’s what you need to know about maxi earrings.

According to Dana Oliver, Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor, of the online magazine The Huffington Post, giant earrings are dangerous for the wearer. An article in the American edition of the web newspaper published some time ago, reported the opinion of the plastic surgeon Edward Miranda, according to which there are three main risks caused by earrings that are too heavy:

Mild infection that can occur, usually shortly after the initial piercing.
Since earrings worn add weight to the earlobe through a thin strip of skin, the wear and tear from gravity will stretch the earlobe from round to oval. In the long run, the lobe can even break and split in two.
Large earrings, especially hoop earrings, can easily get caught on clothes or be torn off by a child, resulting in laceration of the lobe.

Attenzione agli orecchini giganti
Attenzione agli orecchini giganti

Surgical interventions

“Our earlobes are a very delicate and soft area in our ears, wearing big earrings every day increases the chances of earlobe stretching at an ever increasing rate. This can cause the skin to stretch and the earlobe to crack,” warns Deepak Dugar, a cosmetic surgeon based in Beverly Hills, California. Of course, everything also depends on the weight of the jewel. Some earrings can be very large, but also very light. That’s not always the case, however. In less serious cases, maxi earrings can still cause headaches.

Orecchini di Messika in oro rosa e diamanti
Orecchini di Messika in oro rosa e diamanti

The danger is so real that there are doctors who specialize in lobe reconstruction. An ear lift, to rebuild the lower part damaged by too heavy earrings is common. The procedure includes two options: one for a lobe where the piercing has stretched the lobe, and the second is for thickening ears that have simply gotten thinner with age. The cost of the intervention varies, in the USA, between 1,500 and 3,000 dollars. In any case, the earlobe never goes back to the way it was. So, be careful not to go overboard with ultra heavy earrings.

Orecchini firmati Marni
Orecchini firmati Marni
Orecchini di Prada
Orecchini di Prada
Saskia Diez Orecchini in argento Barbelle
Saskia Diez Orecchini in argento Barbelle
Eden Diodati, Bracciale Kalifa e orecchini Edo Pendulum
Eden Diodati, Kalifa bracelet and Edo Pendulum earrings
Orecchini-collana di Cosh
Orecchini-collana di Cosh

Millefiori silver with Giovanni Raspini

Millefiori collection by Giovanni Raspini.

Flower necklaces were, arguably, the first jewel-like female accessory in the dawn of humanity. And today’s jewelry often does not deviate too much from that ancient typology, even if the collections of earrings, rings or necklaces are made with noble metals, instead of simple flowers collected in the meadows and intertwined. An example is the Millefiori collection by Giovanni Raspini. Of course, the flowers are the inspiration, while the jewels idealize the concept with the proposal of silver jewels in the usual style of the Tuscan company.

Pendente Millefiori in argento
Millefiori silver pendant

The Millefiori collection is made with tiny flowers that form a texture on circular bases of burnished silver. The surface of the jewels is made more brilliant thanks to a diamond-plating process, a metal working technique that gives a shimmering effect in contrast with the shadows of the burnished base. The Millefiori collection is declined in three necklaces, two bracelets, two rings and three earrings.

Orecchini a bottone Millefiori
Millefiori stud earrings
Bracciale piccolo in argento
Small bracelet in silver
Anello a doppia banda in argento brunito
Double band ring in burnished silver
Anello a banda in argento brunito
Band ring in burnished silver
Orecchini in argento brunito
Burnished silver earrings
Orecchini a cerchio Millefiori
Millefiori hoop earrings
Collana Lunga Millefiori
Silver burnished necklace Millefiori  
Anello a doppia banda in argento brunito
Silver necklace Millefiori

How to choose single diamonds earrings

A classic of all time: solitaire diamond earrings, also called single diamonds earrings.

Simple and elegant, they are a jewel that should always be present in your jewelbox. Here’s how to choose diamond earrings. Diamond stud earrings are every woman’s dream, with the glimmer that lights up any face. A fashion started with queens and ladies of the 16th century, which continues on the Red Carpet with Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria. But, in addition to embellish, diamond studs earrings have another virtue: they can be worn for day to day the day without feeling awkward: although do not go unnoticed these earrings can be discreet. Here some tips for buying best, including a review of the 4 C appropriate to the jewel.

Orecchini di diamante solitario, in oro bianco con chiusura a vite
Solitaire diamond earrings, in white gold with screw closure


Diamond must sit flat on the lobe and not slant, even slightly, from the ear, otherwise the stone looks down and can’t catch the light. It’s a risk you take with gems over two carats if the earrings are not well designed. Of course, it also depends on the dimension of the ear, but it is crucial that diamond is set in such a way to have the center of gravity back the lobe, in order to have a balanced look.

Orecchini punto luce indossati
Small diamonds earrings worn


Butterfly clasps, perfect for smaller earrings, have a drawback: the use is likely to come loose, with the risk of losing the beloved jewel. Safer is the screw back, but also less confortable to put on and remove. There is a third type of back, convex and circular with a special cavities, which blocks the clasp until is pressed to the sides and is therefore the most reliable.

Damiani, orecchino taglio rotondo con chiusura bombata
Damiani, round cut earring with convex closure


Better to opt for certified stones if it’s diamonds. Basically you buy essentially the gem, the work of the setting is minimal.

The 4 C

Carat It’s important because determines the size and appearance of the earrings. But beware to the differences of the various dimensions to the naked eye: a 2-carat diamond does not seem to be twice the size of a one carat diamond. Not only that, a 0.50-carat stone may appear larger if surrounded by a border of micro-setting diamonds that gives more shine to the ensamble.

Orecchini a bottone Celine, con diamanti
Celine stud earrings, with diamonds

Cut It depends on taste and budget, but round cut is the most popular because with its 57-58 facets reflects more the light, which seems to radiate from the center to the its board and makes the stone more brilliant. Afterwards, as popularity for this kind of jewels, princess and heart cuts. But they required more waste material to obtain the same brightness of the round cut and, therefore, cost more because for equal finished product using larger stones.

Color and clarity Diamonds without inclusions or blemishes are rare and expensive. In the case of diamond studs earrings, it is preferable to give priority to the cut and then the color and then the clarity. Better opt for stones whiter, brighter and then, even if with some internal defect to have the maximum relative value.

Orecchini di diamanti solitario, taglio a cuore
Solitaire diamond earrings, heart cut


Diamonds are a magnet for dust, especially earrings so close to the face and hair, thus more easily in contact with creams and gels. Precisely for this reason must be cleaned at least once a week. Just a little of warm water, mild liquid detergent and a soft brush to make them shine again.

Poche gocce di sapone liquido sono sufficienti
A few drops of liquid soap are enough
Collezione Illusion, orecchini in oro nero 18 carati e diamanti
As29, Illusion collection, earrings in 18k black gold and diamonds
Orecchini con diamanti ognuno del peso di 20,27 carati
Earrings with diamonds each weighing 20.27 carats
Orecchini con diamanti sviluppati in laboratorio Lightbox
Earrings with synthetic diamonds developed in the Lightbox laboratory

Les Bonbons for leBebé

New collection by leBebé, the jewelery brand that has always been characterized by the unmistakable silhouettes of boys and girls applied to rings, earrings or pendants. On the occasion of the summer, leBebé jewels broaden the proposal with the introduction of color. The collection is called Les Bonbons, i.e. candies in French, which adds a playful reference that fits well with jewels intended above all for new mothers. The 9-karat white and yellow gold are combined with baguette-cut blue topaz, aquamarine, purple navette-cut amethyst and pink tourmalines.

Collana con sagoma bimbo in oro bianco 9kt con diamante, topazi azzurri taglio baguette e acquamarine
Necklace with baby silhouette in 9kt white gold with diamond, baguette-cut blue topaz and aquamarine

Not only that: the leBebè boy and girl silhouettes are embellished in the center with a small diamond. another novelty concerns the use of the two-finger ring for the first time. The jewels of the Les Bonbons collection are intended for young and dynamic mothers, as can be understood from the new shot of the Play! in which mother and daughter have fun on board the skate.

Anello con sagoma bimba in oro giallo 9kt con diamante, ametista viola taglio navette e tormalina rosa
Ring with girl silhouette in 9kt yellow gold with diamond, navette-cut purple amethyst and pink tourmaline
Anello due dita con sagoma bimba in oro giallo 9kt con diamante, ametista viola taglio navette e tormalina rosa
Two fingers ring with girl shape in 9kt yellow gold with diamond, navette cut violet amethyst and pink tourmaline
Anello due dita con sagoma bimbo in oro bianco 9kt con diamante, topazio azzurro taglio baguette e acquamarina
Two-finger ring with baby silhouette in 9kt white gold with diamond, baguette-cut blue topaz and aquamarine
Anello con sagoma bimbo in oro bianco 9kt con diamante, topazio azzurro taglio baguette e acquamarina
9kt white gold baby silhouette ring with diamond, baguette cut blue topaz and aquamarine

Roberto Coin with Venetian Princess in titanium

Venetian Princess is one of Roberto Coin’s most successful collections since 2018, the year it was presented. Since then, periodically, the Venetian Maison offers new additions concerning the materials used to make the jewels. The style, however, remains faithful to its origins. The novelty now concerns the use of titanium, a light, flexible metal, and above all that lends itself to being colored. The new version of Venetian Princess thus acquires shades of violet, blue, green, grey. Set in the titanium, surrounded by pink gold, are small diamonds.

Anello in titanio, oro rosa e diamanti
Ring in titanium, rose gold and diamonds

The Venetian Princess collection is inspired by Venice, by the narrow streets of the city illuminated by lanterns reflected on the water. The jewels, which have a four-lobed shape, which recalls the elements of Venetian architecture, are decorated with gold threads: they are individually woven: a work that increases the value of the jewels in the collection, which includes rings, button earrings or pendants and necklaces.

Orecchini pendenti in titanio, oro rosa e diamanti
Pendant earrings in titanium, rose gold and diamonds
Orecchini a bottone in titanio, oro rosa e diamanti
Stud earrings in titanium, rose gold and diamonds
Orecchini a bottone in titanio verde, oro rosa e diamanti
Stud earrings in green titanium, pink gold and diamonds
Collana con pendente in titanio grigio, oro rosa e diamanti
Necklace with pendant in gray titanium, pink gold and diamonds
Collana con pendente in titanio verde, oro rosa e diamanti
Necklace with pendant in green titanium, rose gold and diamonds

The refined design of Paola Brussino

There are those who limit themselves to re-proposing small variations of the same subject. And who, like Paola Brussino, sets out on unexplored roads. Choice of materials and extraordinarily effective design constitute the map of the Turin architect and designer, who in her long career has collaborated with international jewelery brands and the most prestigious niche maisons. Her bio states that her work has been exhibited in various European countries, Qatar, Japan, Russia and the United States. After having lived for a long time in Geneva, she returned to Italy in 2012 and began a path of pure research.

Orecchino in zirconio con tsavorite e diamanti. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Zircon earring with tsavorite and diamonds. Copyright: Gioiellis.com

One of the aspects that characterize Paola Brussino’s jewels is the choice to work with elements such as carbon, titanium, zirconium and corian in high jewellery. Zirconium, for example, is a metal with an appearance reminiscent of titanium. It is mostly made from zircon and is very resistant to corrosion. It is used in nuclear plants and, now, also in the designer’s rings and earrings.

Orecchini con zaffiri rosa La Rose de Edith
La Rose de Edith pink sapphire earrings

Furthermore, the roots that sink into design and architecture have directed Paola Brussino’s jewelery towards jewels that express rigor and fantasy at the same time, lightness and luxury, but with defined and pleasant, natural and elegant geometries.

Anello con zpinello blu cobalto e diamanti. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Cobalt blue spinel and diamond ring. Copyright: Gioiellis.com
Anello con due diamanti. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Ring with two diamonds. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Paola Brussino. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Paola Brussino. Copyright: gioiellis.com

A skull for Philipp Plein

A skull brings good luck. In history there have been many populations that used a skull to drive away evil spirits or put enemies to flight. Then, this skeletal symbol also became a punk sign. Finally, the skull landed in the jewelry store. Now the shape of the skull is revived in Philipp Plein’s $kull 3D jewelry collection. It is a complete set made up of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, defined as bling bling due to its unignorable visual impact.

Orecchino teschio indossato
Worn skull earring

The necklace, a 40-centimetre choker, alternates Philipp Plein-style charms on the thin steel chain with branded closure: crystals, the engraved hexagonal PP logo and, of course, the skulls. For the hexagonal logos and skulls, the steel finish chosen is the IP yellow gold tone (270 euros). The chain bracelet is also in steel with pendants and a golden finish (220 euros).
The band ring is in steel with a yellow gold IP finish. The central band plays with the fretwork of the hexagonal logo, created with the lightness of a modern chisel, and is embraced by two double rows of crystals that create a luminous and refined pavé (240 euros). There is also the bracelet with smooth black leather strap with Philipp Plein signature inside, on which hexagonal studs in steel with yellow gold IP finish and crystals are applied. In the center appears the charm to which the $kull 3D collection is dedicated: the skull (240 euros). And three-dimensional skulls are also the element of the lobe earrings, with crystals (140 euros).

Anello della collezione 3D $kull indossato
Ring from the 3D $kull collection worn
Bracciale con charms
Bracelet with charms
Collana girocollo con charms
Choker necklace with charms
Bracciale in pelle con teschio
Leather bracelet with skull
Anello della collezione 3D $kull
Ring from the 3D $kull collection

Thais Bernardes, the Brazil studied Italy

Thais Bernardes, the jewels of Brazil that have a little bit of Italy ♦ ︎

There are many Brazilian citizens of Italian origin. But there are also designers who simply take an example from Italians, those who work in jewelry. This is the case of Thais Bernardes, who says: “I learned from the Italians to value details and invest in quality. My jewels follow a contemporary style for women who want, at the same time, to dictate fashion with elegance and lightness “.

Collana di Thais Bernardes indossata
Collana di Thais Bernardes indossata

The founder of the brand that has her name, among other things, was born and grew up in Minas Gerais, the place that is the largest producer of natural gemstones among the Brazilian states.

And growing in contact with the stones for jewelry gave her a decisive imprinting. Although she started her career as a model. Then, however, she studied gemology and jewelry design, with a specialization in Fashion Brand Management in Milan. Finally, in 2015 she founded the brand Thais Bernardes, now also at VicenzaOro September. Her jewels are all made of silver, gold and precious and semi-precious stones, “where the Italian workforce combined with the Brazilian tradition creates inimitable objects”.

Choker con pappagallo, argento e cubic zirconia
Choker with parrot, silver and cubic zirconia
Anello in argento, smalto e zirconia cubica
Ring in silver, enamel and cubic zirconia
Anello in argento, rodiato o placcato oro e zirconia cubica
Ring in silver, rhodium plated or gold plated and cubic zirconia
Anello in oro giallo 18 carati con smalto verde e zaffiro
18K yellow gold ring with green enamel and sapphire
Orecchini in oro rosa 9 carati con smalto verde e zaffiro giallo
Earrings in 9 carat rose gold with green enamel and yellow sapphire
Anello in oro rosa 9 carati con smalto nero e peridoto
Ring in 9 carat rose gold with black enamel and peridot

Fabrizio Riva, design without end

Milan, the capital of the design and point to start Fabrizio Riva, long-time designers and not just jewelry. He has indeed worked for designers as well as for art projects and even cured the inclusion of jewelry at a resort in Dubai. Today his creativity is channeled into Estro Studio, also in the Lombard town. In short, an eclectic Italian, perhaps with the creativity that characterized the Renaissance and the Humanism. In his lengthy curriculum, there are collaboration with Giancarlo Montebello and Niki de Saint Phalle for a jewelry collection, with Gabriele de Vecchi to silver accessories, with Redwall Group for jewelry to an accessory bags and Eleonora Fiorani for a project of anthropology and semiotics through the language of jewelry.

Anello Nodo in oro bianco e diamanti
Knot ring, white gold and diamonds

Again: he designed jewels and watches with Nina Ricci, care the edition of Notebook trends Arabia to the World Gold Council, coordinates for the Bliss by Damiani jewelry line, then he created a collection of jewelry for wedding dresses for the fashion designer Elisabetta Polignano, and to redesign jewelry crafted by African production … On its website the list of his works is longer and more detailed. Here, however, we show some jewels of his collection: rings and earrings made with surfaces in gold, often oxidized, and pavé with white and colored diamonds, with the exception of some precious stone, like emeralds. Personal style there is everything, the quality also.

Anelli con acquamarina e prenite
Rings with aquamarine and prenite
Anello con tanzanite a goccia e zaffiri blu
Ring with teardrop tanzanite and blue sapphires
Orecchini a bottone in oro, diamanti bianchi e neri
Stud earrings in gold, white and black diamonds
Orecchini di Fabrizio Riva in oro bianco e diamanti brown e ice
Earrings by Fabrizio Riva in white gold and brown and ice diamonds
Orecchini in oro bianco ossidato 18 carati, diamanti verdi e brown
Earrings in 18K oxidized white gold, green and brown diamonds
Anello in oro bianco ossidato 18 carati, diamanti verdi, bianchi e brown, smeraldo
Ring in 18k oxidized white gold, green, white and brown diamonds, emerald

The Feelings of Nikos Koulis

Nikos Koulis is one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers. Awarded, praised, sought after: his collections are a personal evolution that has its roots in art deco, but with a good dose of contemporaneity. Witness the classic collection entitled Feelings, which is renewed and re-proposed with new and surprising pieces. The jewels use a particular snake chain in yellow gold, which can be manipulated, curving it or knotting it in different shapes. Alongside the gold of the chain there is also a classic by Nikos Koulis, diamonds of different cuts aligned to form geometric figures and black enamel.

Nikos Koulis, gold and diamonds earrings
Nikos Koulis, gold and diamonds earrings

More rarely, however, together with the soft chains of the Feelings collection, Koulis also uses emeralds and blue sapphires. The collection includes many earrings, but also bracelets, necklaces and rings. The gold is mainly yellow, but with some white gold details. The closures of the necklaces are snap hooks. The jewels are handmade in Athens, where the designer’s boutique is also located.

 18K Yellow And White Gold Diamond Earrings
18K Yellow And White Gold Diamond Earrings
Together 18K Yellow And White Gold Diamond Earrings
Together 18K Yellow And White Gold Diamond Earrings
Together 18K Yellow And White Gold Diamond Earrings
Together 18K Yellow And White Gold Diamond Earrings
Gold Feelings necklace
Gold Feelings necklace
Gold 18k yellow and white gold, emerald, diamonds earrings
Gold 18k yellow and white gold, emerald, diamonds earrings
Nikos Koulis. Copyright: gioiellis.com
Nikos Koulis. Copyright: gioiellis.com

The Baroque sea of ​​Massimo Izzo

The unique jewels of Massimo Izzo, jeweler and sculptor of Syracuse inspired by tradition and the Mediterranean Sea ♦

About Massimo Izzo wrote also the New York Times. From Syracuse to Manhattan distance it is great. Yet the fame of the Sicilian jeweler is like the waves that start at one end of the earth and through all the oceans. The marine metaphor is no accident: the jeweler-artist is, in fact, an admirer of the waves and nature hidden beneath the sea surface. Most of his creations, celebrated around the world and sold in the two boutique in Syracuse and Milan, is dedicated or inspired by what the sea offers. Recently Massimo Izzo was invited by Elisabetta Cipriani gallery, London to create a series of works following his original aesthetic and superb craftsmanship which would further push his imagination and creativity. The result is six rings of great impact, made with blackened silver, sapphires and hypnotic opals.

Sciara, Blackened-silver, Australian opal, blue-sapphires ring
Sciara, Blackened-silver, Australian opal, blue-sapphires ring

A truly amazing story, that of Izzo. Born in Messina, but grew up in Syracuse, he said that at 14 he was already fascinated by jewelry. Before moving on international stage, he start from the art school of the State of Syracuse, where he followed an experimental program in jewelery, and has worked for Salvatore Cassone, the largest jeweler in Syracuse. After learning the craft to the bottom, the Sicilian designer has soared thanks to an unusual order: the engraving of a silver plate on the occasion of the visit to the city of Pope John Paul II.

Blackened silver, Mexican Fire opal, orange sapphires ring
Blackened silver, Mexican Fire opal, orange sapphires ring

He has also worked with another famous Sicilian, the Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, who commissioned the jewelry worn by Monica Bellucci in the film Malena. The jewels of the Sea collection are made in 18 carat gold and represent octopuses, sea urchins, crabs, starfish. All pieces are refined and processed rhapsody of colors and shapes, often using raw gemstones: resemble most to sculptures than simple jewelery. His work has been compared to that of another great Sicilian jeweler Fulco di Verdura, although the style is completely different. Sure, you can read in the work of Izzo a scent of Sicilian Baroque architecture that gave an impression of entire neighborhoods of the island city. And it is a style that has fascinated, according to his account, even Santo Versace, Tim Burton and JK Rowling. It is not hard to believe.

Golden sea urchin shell with diamonds
Golden sea urchin shell with diamonds
Anello per due dita Cut not Cut con diamanti taglio brillante e una acquamarina naturale brasiliana
Cut not Cut two finger ring with brilliant cut diamonds and a natural Brazilian aquamarine
Collana con ciondolo della collezione I Gioielli del Mare. Oro bianco 18 kt, diamanti taglio brillante
Necklace with pendant from the I Gioielli del Mare collection. 18 kt white gold, brilliant cut diamonds
Orecchini con cavalluccio marino in oro rosa e diamanti
Seahorse earrings in rose gold and diamonds
Collana con antico corallo di Sciacca, oro e acquamarina brasiliana
Necklace with ancient Sciacca coral, gold and Brazilian aquamarine

Mattioli’s Gocce

The drops may have sprung from tears, or from rain, wine, blood. They can also be drops of happiness, of wax… Drops go through life in so many ways. One of these is the one identified by the Turinese Maison Mattioli for its new Gocce (drops) collection, which we present in preview. In this case the drops are empty and have the shape of small rings made with a very intensely colored 18-karat pink gold, already used for other Mattioli collections. The Gocce collection takes up the eternal shape of the chain, obviously with a personal interpretation. The dripping results in rings of different sizes combined with each other.

Orecchini in oro rosa a tre anelli
Orecchini in oro rosa a tre anelli

Even the sequence of the rings follows an apparent irregularity. A perfectly round ring, for example, is combined with another oval, an oblong, an asymmetrical one and so on. The closure of bracelets and necklaces is a snap hook. The pendant earrings, always in the shape of a chain, are available in three or five elements.

Collana in oro rosa
Collana in oro rosa
Bracciale in oro rosa con chiusura a moschettone
Bracciale in oro rosa con chiusura a moschettone
Orecchini in oro rosa a cinque anelli
Orecchini in oro rosa a cinque anelli

Giovanni Raspini’s fireworks

Blue is the color of summer and in the summer it is easy to come across fireworks displays. The Fireworks collection by Giovanni Raspini is made of burnished silver with completely hand-modeled elements. The jewels are tuned to summer, inspired by light and color thanks to the union of burnished silver with mystic quartz with a rainbow effect. It is a particular processing of transparent quartz, to which a thin film is applied which adds colored effects, even with rainbow shades. It is precisely this aspect that led him to choose the name Fireworks.

Anello grande in argento e quarzo mystic
Anello grande in argento e quarzo mystic

Like a firework, the brightness of silver combines with the iridescent colors of mystic quartz. The collection includes a large necklace, a pendant, two rings, two bracelets, and two earrings. The jewels are made with thin silver stems at the top of which a stone is set, with a style that deliberately recalls the explosion of fireworks in the sky.
Pendente della collezione Fireworks
Pendente della collezione Fireworks

Orecchini in argento e quarzo mystic
Orecchini in argento e quarzo mystic
Orecchini della collezione Fireworks
Orecchini della collezione Fireworks
Bracciale della collezione Fireworks
Bracciale della collezione Fireworks
Bracciale rigido in argento e quarzi della collezione Fireworks
Bracciale rigido in argento e quarzi della collezione Fireworks
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