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How to evaluate the pavé of your jewels

Can you realy judge the pavé of your jewel? Pavé is the most used technique in jewelry, but few really know how it is made. Read how to evaluate the pavé stones on your jewels ♦

There are jewellery composed of gems so close to each other that it seems a continuous surface: is the effect of a pavé done perfectly, which transforms a flower, an insect or any shape in an object of unique harmony. The outcome is the result of many hours of work and great skills. Of course, recognize the best one is not difficult, just a certain sensitivity, but understand why it is so special makes the experience even more satisfying. Here a few examples of fine jewelry to get to know this technique: basically learn a bit more also helps to make better choices and make an informed purchase.

Plumettes, bracciale in oro bianco e pavé di diamanti by Dior
Plumettes, white gold and diamond pavé bracelet by Dior

The technique

Conical holes are dug in the metal where insert the stones, that are subsequently blocked (set) with tiny balls obtained engraving with a chisel (scorper) the excavated material on the sides of the stone. It is clear that it is a job, the one done handmade by the jewel setter, very neatly. The shortest distance between stones requires greater skill and care, which increase the cost of production. Vice versa wider spaces filled with these tiny balls indicate the opposite. But not only: the throng around the stone often provides an effect of overall confusion that the experts define by the word dirty.

Michele della Valle, spilla con pavé di zaffiri La Rose de Bourbon
Michele della Valle, La Rose de Bourbon sapphire pavé brooch

The Tubetto collection by De Grisogono is a textbook example: the blacks diamond of the ring below, although of different dimension, are all on the same level. It is the ability of the stone setter to ensure that larger gems not protrude too much and small ones remain in evidence, and that requires the groove depth must be calculated to the nearest millimeter, operation even more difficult when they are of different sizes. Moreover, the tiny balls that hold the stones are nearly invisible in pictures like this where the object is much zoomed.

Anello Tubetto con diamanti neri della ormai scomparsa Maison svizzera de Grisogono
Tubetto ring with black diamonds from the now closed Swiss Maison de Grisogono

Here two more examples of admirable invisible setting, the Camaleonte by Vhernier and the American flag earrings by Michele della Valle. Getting this kind of quality is much more difficult with colorless diamonds on white gold, because with colored stones, if the base is good, you can improve the pavé by coloring the metal. Furthermore, in these two cases the pavé is continuous, does not have metal slabs that circumscribe it, but wraps the setting. Detail which increases the difficulty and the execution time.

Vhernier, spilla Camaleonte con pavé di diamanti bianchi, sugilite, giada nera, opale arlecchino, cristallo di rocca
Vhernier, Chameleon brooch with pavé white diamonds, sugilite, black jade, harlequin opal, rock crystal
Michele della Valle, orecchini american flag con zaffiri, spinelli e diamanti
Michele della Valle, American flag earrings with sapphires, spinels and diamonds

Below is interesting to note the elegance of details: the tiny balls are in yellow or black gold depending on the color of the stones; in the second image instead, a mixed technique: the points on plate (cylinders applied on the metal instead of balls engraved with chisel) in the center and pavé on the sides.

De Grisogono dettaglio ciondolo
De Grisogono, detail of a pendant

Other examples of high all Italian handicraft: Drapes ring by Palmiero with stones of equal size despite the drape, and the Pom Pom bracelet by Pomellato.

Palmiero anelli Drapes
Palmiero, Drapes rings
Pomellato, bracciale PomPom
Pomellato, PomPom bracelet

Finally, always from Pomellato an example of pavé of line Sabbia, where seems that in the design phase at computer the space required to place the stones and tiny balls are pointed out without having to perform by hand  to get this precise effect. Monica Battistoni

Pomellato, anello Sabbia
Pomellato, Sabbia ring

Jewels in the shape of a lily of the valley

Lily of the valley, herbaceous plant (Convallaria maialis) of the Convallariacee family. But above all, one of the fragrant flowers of May. And it is no coincidence that the delicate thrush has inspired many jewelers. Here, then, are some jewels that are inspired by lily of the valley: a flower that has unexpected aphrodisiac properties. Yet it is also a flower often associated with marriage ceremonies, because for some it is a symbol of purity and chastity.

Fulco Verdura, spilla in ogiallo e bianco con
Fulco Verdura, spilla in oro giallo e bianco con perle

In fact, when we talk about flowers in jewelry and not only, and we immediately think of roses. But lily of the valley also inspired beautiful objects. In pagan times this flower symbolized happiness and for this reason it was considered a lucky charm, while in the Middle Ages the lily of the valley was also used as an amulet, associated with the celebration of May, the beginning of the month of engagement. But the result of a study conducted some time ago by the University Hospital of Padua is perhaps more surprising: it seems that men, who would have a greater olfactory capacity than the female category, are able to recognize an organic chemical, called bourgeonal, if emanating from women’s skin. And this fragrance, very similar to that of lily of the valley, is one of the factors triggering male attraction.

Dior Joaillerie, collier Diorissimo
Dior Joaillerie, collier Diorissimo

And it is precisely in the Victorian era, with the tradition of sentimental jewels, that the flower becomes one of the most represented motifs with a meaning linked to its era, namely romanticism. Since then more or less all the great jewelers have ventured into the theme and have created more or less realistic brooches, earrings and necklaces inspired by the forest flower. Here is a selection of the most beautiful pieces that all women would like to bring even in December, without being superstitious or looking for a boyfriend. Monica Battistoni

Dior Joaillerie, collier Diorissimo
Dior Joaillerie, collier Diorissimo

Ed è proprio in epoca vittoriana, con la tradizione dei gioielli sentimentali, che il fiore diventa uno dei motivi più rappresentati con un significato però legato alla sua epoca, ossia il romanticismo. Da allora più o meno tutti i grandi gioiellieri si sono cimentati nel tema e hanno creato spille, orecchini e collane più o meno realistiche ispirate al fiore di bosco. Ecco una selezione dei pezzi più belli che tutte le donne vorrebbero portare anche a dicembre, senza essere superstiziose o in cerca di fidanzato. Monica Battistoni

Cartier, spilla anni 50 in platino, diamanti taglio baguette e perle
Cartier, spilla anni 50 in platino, diamanti taglio baguette e perle
Spilla epoca Edoardiana in platino, oro giallo , diamanti e perle
Spilla epoca Edoardiana in platino, oro giallo , diamanti e perle
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Michele della Valle, collana con diamanti taglio rotondo e tsavoriti
Suzanne Syz, orecchini in oro bianco e giallo con 18 perle Akoya, 554 zaffiri viola, 152 granati verdi, 330 diamanti e 356 smeraldi
Suzanne Syz, orecchini in oro bianco e giallo con 18 perle Akoya, 554 zaffiri viola, 152 granati verdi, 330 diamanti e 356 smeraldi
Tiffany, spilla in platino, diamanti e perle
Tiffany, spilla in platino, diamanti e perle
Tiffany, spilla in oro giallo e opale nero
Tiffany, spilla in oro giallo e opale nero
Lalique, orecchini in oro bianco con 76 diamanti, 6 zaffiri gialli, 6 zaffiri rosa, 6 zaffiri arancio, 6 quarzi rosa
Lalique, orecchini in oro bianco con 76 diamanti, 6 zaffiri gialli, 6 zaffiri rosa, 6 zaffiri arancio, 6 quarzi rosa
Van Cleef & Arpels, bracciale in oro con zaffiri, diamanti e tsavoriti
Van Cleef & Arpels, bracciale in oro con zaffiri, diamanti e tsavoriti

Titanium jewelry: should you buy them?




Titanium jewelry: they are the last frontier of jewelry. Beautiful, but also difficult to make. Should you buy them? ♦

Long live titanium, which has become synonymous with creative audacity and high technology in jewelry from a key element in the aerospace industry. To what does it owe its success? To lightness, first of all: with a weight less than a fifth compared to gold, it allows large volumes and the same comfort in wearing, especially for earrings and bracelets. Not only that: those who associate titanium only with its sad gray color of origin are wrong: this metal can be dyed in bright and full shades, from lawn green to lacquer red, to intense purple, to electric blue. Furthermore, whatever the color obtained through an oxidation process, unlike what is done with the galvanic process on silver or other metals, it is much more resistant: it does not fade with time and does not risk detachment. But this is not the only technical advantage: its extreme resistance allows you to use less metal than gold and platinum for the frames and to create very thick pavé.

Masterpiece 2019: due spille con diamanti e zaffiri blu su titanio
Cindy Chao, Masterpiece 2019: due spille con diamanti e zaffiri blu su titanio

How to use it. Titanium is often used for thin and light metal architectures that serve as gem racks. It is no coincidence that most titanium jewels are literally covered with stones. One of the first to experiment with this material in jewelry was Jar (Joseph Arthur Rosenthal) in the late 1980s, and on the occasion of his retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, he created a collection of titanium and aluminum jewelery for sale inside the museum at affordable prices, from 2 to 5 thousand dollars. The fact that it is less expensive than gold must not be misleading, its processing requires great skill and technical knowledge, so it may happen that some jewels are even more expensive than their cousins ​​made with more noble metals.
Wallace Chan, Cosmic Destiny. Spilla in titanio, diamanti e zaffiri
Wallace Chan, Cosmic Destiny. Spilla in titanio, diamanti e zaffiri

The admirers. Titanium jewels, therefore, are usually embellished with super precious stones, such as those of Wallace Chan, the jeweler from Hong Kong, or the Swiss Suzanne Syz, who made titanium his signature. And yet the sinuous tracery of Pomellato, which chose it to renew the Arabesque collection, or the delicate leaves of the Chopard bracelet with blue sapphires, the magnetic colors of the flower-shaped brooch by Giovanni Ferraris or the slight setting of the brooch by Michelle Ong, one of the few people who can boast a friendship with Jar. But there are also those who focus everything on design rather than precious stones, such as the Italian Maison Vhernier.
Orecchini in titanio verde e diamanti di Jacob & Co
Orecchini in titanio verde e diamanti di Jacob & Co

Is it worth buying titanium jewelry? Titanium, like metal, costs less than gold, but is more difficult to use in jewelry. That said, the value of a titanium jewel is not determined by the cost of the raw material. If the gold of a jewel can be melted and resold, the same cannot be proposed for titanium. Therefore, when you buy a titanium jewel, you choose the design, the signature of the Maison, the gems that make up the piece. It is not said that a titanium jewel is more advantageous than a gold or platinum jewel: it depends on the stones that compose it.
Anello farfalla della collezione Titanium
Giovanni Ferraris, anello farfalla della collezione Titanium

How do you clean titanium? In addition to being light, titanium is very resistant: no problem for cleaning that can be performed with the usual mix of warm water, two drops of liquid soap and a toothbrush with soft bristles. If anything, the problem may be the structure of the jewel. Titanium, as we have explained, is often used to make jewels with a particularly imaginative shape, often together with many precious stones. You must be very careful, therefore, not to ruin the structure of the jewel with an excessively energetic cleaning. Monica Battistoni

Earcuff Nuri indossato
Boucheron, earcuff Nuri indossato. Titanio, oro giallo, acquamarina, berillo, tsavoriti, onice, lacca nera, zaffiri, diamanti, gialli e bianchi

Anello in oro, titanio, diamanti, ambra, granati, opale di fuoco, zaffiri
Lydia Courteille, anello in oro, titanio, diamanti, ambra, granati, opale di fuoco, zaffiri
Bracciale Calla in titanio e diamanti
Bracciale Calla di Vhernier in titanio e diamanti
Anello in titanio, diamanti e oro rosa
Syz Fireworks, anello in titanio blu, diamanti e oro rosa
Orecchini in titanio, diamanti e rubini
Fabio Salini, orecchini in titanio, diamanti e rubini
Collier a forma di piuma in titanio con diamanti e tormalina Paraiba
Moussaieff, collier a forma di piuma in titanio con diamanti e tormalina Paraiba
Jar, orecchini Geranium in titanio verde e rosso
Jar, orecchini Geranium in titanio verde e rosso
Chopard, bracciale Red Carpet Collection 2012 in titanio con 2.417 zaffiri blu
Chopard, bracciale Red Carpet Collection 2012 in titanio con 2.417 zaffiri blu
Michelle Ong, spilla Forbidden Fruit in platino e titanio con una tormalina rosa centrale
Michelle Ong, spilla Forbidden Fruit in platino e titanio con una tormalina rosa centrale
Michele Della Valle, spilla Bow in titanio con pavé di diamanti incolori taglio brillante
Michele Della Valle, spilla Bow in titanio con pavé di diamanti incolori taglio brillante

Suzanne Syz, orecchini Tie that knot in titanio e oro bianco con pavé di diamanti e berilli verdi blu taglio briolette
Suzanne Syz, orecchini Tie that knot in titanio e oro bianco con pavé di diamanti e berilli verdi blu taglio briolette







Michele della Valle & friends with Christie’s online




In view of Christmas, from 23 November to 7 December Christie’s offers an online auction entitled Jewels Online & Colorful Whimsy: Jewels by Michele della Valle. The sale includes high-end jewelry, with period pieces, contemporary heats, as well as white diamonds and precious stones. The jewels for sale have prestigious brands such as Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Harry Winston, JAR, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels: over 400 lots, covering all price ranges and with several lots offered without reserve.

Michele della Vallem pupazzo di neve  in cristallo di rocca smerigliato, zaffiri gialli tondi, smeraldi e rubini, smalto nero, zaffiro arancione cabochon tondo, diamanti tondi, oro bianco, giallo e annerito 18 carati
Michele della Vallem pupazzo di neve in cristallo di rocca smerigliato, zaffiri gialli tondi, smeraldi e rubini, smalto nero, zaffiro arancione cabochon tondo, diamanti tondi, oro bianco, giallo e annerito 18 carati

But the dessert of this starred menu is represented by 64 imaginative jewels by Michele della Valle, all offered without reservations. Designer, artist, jeweler: Michele della Valle is one of the greatest creatives in business, who combines design skills with irony, pleasure and the wealth of ideas and materials. Often with surprising results. For example, the brooch in the shape of a snowman with gems and diamonds: high jewelery more in a pinch of joy.
Collana con diamanti, zaffiri di diversi colori e granati
Collana con diamanti, zaffiri di diversi colori e granati

Orecchini con diamanti e zaffiri gialli
Orecchini con diamanti e zaffiri gialli

Orecchini con zaffiri rotondi arancioni e gialli, tsavorite, diamanti, oro bianco e giallo
Orecchini con zaffiri rotondi arancioni e gialli, tsavorite, diamanti, oro bianco e giallo







All jewels by Michele della Valle was sold by Christie’s


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It is not often that a jewelry auction sale is 100% successful. It happened with the online sale of jewels by a single author: Michele della Valle. The auction organized by Christie’s entitled Colorful Whimsy: Jewels by Michele della Valle, in fact, reached a total of 799,125 dollars for the 65 pieces on sale, with 100% sold by lot, 100% sold by value, and 193% awarded above the lowest starting estimate.

Orecchini a forma di limone con zaffiri gialli, tsavorite, diamanti
Orecchini a forma di limone con zaffiri gialli, tsavorite, diamanti

The top lot of the sale was a pair of lemon-shaped earrings with yellow sapphires, tsavorites and diamonds, which sold for $ 75,000, versus the low starting estimate of $ 7,000.

We are delighted with the results received for this special online auction dedicated to one of the most vibrant names in jewelry—Michele della Valle. With a background in opera and the arts, della Valle’s aptitude for creative output knows no bounds. For decades, della Valle has delighted jewelry collectors and fans alike with his bold and colorful creations. His unexpected and whimsical creations offered in our sale were met with enthusiasm from Christie’s clients around the world.
Caroline Ervin, Christie’s Jewels specialist

Pendente con diamanti e zaffiri gialli
Pendente con diamanti e zaffiri gialli
Orecchini con ametista, diamanti, rubini, smeraldi
Orecchini con ametista, diamanti, rubini, smeraldi
Anello in oro bianco con diamanti, smalto bianco
Anello in oro bianco con diamanti, smalto bianco

Tre dei gioielli di Michele della Valle messi all'asta
Tre dei gioielli di Michele della Valle messi all’asta







The art of spring with Michele della Valle


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Michele della Valle is one of the rare artists who use gems and gold to paint or sculpt the most varied subjects. He resides in Geneva and his jewelery-works appear regularly only through auctions expected by connoisseurs. Now, until March 17, his jewels are on sale online thanks to Christie’s New York. The sale has a title: Colorful Whimsy: Jewels by Michele della Valle. The auction consists of 65 exceptional jewels by Michele della Valle, all offered without reserve, which emphasize the use of dazzling colored gemstones to create surprising designs.

Orecchini con agata rossa, diamanti, tsavorite
Orecchini con agata rossa, diamanti, tsavorite

I am delighted to collaborate with Christie’s to present this specially curated 65 lot online-only sale of my creations. My roots at Christie’s run deep—back in 1976, I brought the very first gemstone I ever purchased in Burma to Christie’s for sale, and soon after, seeking out fine gems, designing and creating jewelry became my life’s passion. Constantly inspired by my surroundings, whether that be in the country or in the middle of a metropolitan city, this selection celebrates earthly creations and love. For this very special sale offered from Christie’s New York, I created a brooch inspired by the iconic city skyline – complete with shimmering diamond and sapphire pavé, and a patinated copper Statue of Liberty. A brooch to represent the vibrancy of the city that never sleeps.
Michele della Valle

Bracciale in oro 18 carati con smeraldi taglio rotondo, peridoti e diamanti
Bracciale in oro 18 carati con smeraldi taglio rotondo, peridoti e diamanti

Throughout his imaginative career, della Valle has remained true to his love of colored gemstones used in unexpected ways and drawing inspiration from nature: carving pastel pink opals into floating flower petals, using richly saturated red agate as cherries suspended from stems of diamond, pavé of yellow sapphires to revive lemons as fresh from morning dew.
Orecchini con opale intagliato, tormaline e diamanti su oro rosa
Orecchini con opale intagliato, tormaline e diamanti su oro rosa

Christie’s is excited to present an online-only auction from one of the most vibrant names in jewelry—Michele della Valle. With a background in opera and the arts, della Valle’s aptitude for creative output knows no bounds. For decades, della Valle has delighted jewelry collectors and fans alike with his bold and colorful creations. Renown for sourcing interesting colored gemstones and using them in unexpected ways, the result is dazzling and whimsical creations, which we are pleased to present to usher in the spring season.
Caroline Ervin, Christie’s Jewels specialist

Spilla con smeraldi e tormaline
Spilla con smeraldi e tormaline

Orecchini a forma di limone con zaffiri gialli, tsavorite, diamanti
Orecchini a forma di limone con zaffiri gialli, tsavorite, diamanti

Anello con tanzanite, diamanti e rubini
Anello con tanzanite, diamanti e rubini

Spilla che raffigura la Statua della libertà e New York con diamanti, zaffiri, oro giallo e bianco, rame
Spilla che raffigura la Statua della libertà e New York con diamanti, zaffiri, oro giallo e bianco, rame

Orecchini con ametiste e smeraldi
Orecchini con ametiste e smeraldi

Pendente con smeraldi, zaffiri, rubini
Pendente con smeraldi, zaffiri, rubini
Collana con ametista, rubini, smalto
Collana con ametista, rubini, smalto
Collana in oro bianco con topazio, ametista, prasiolite, citrino, quarzo lemon, diamanti
Collana in oro bianco con topazio, ametista, prasiolite, citrino, quarzo lemon, diamanti







The new surprises of Michele della Valle




There are artists who use the brush, artists who express themselves with sound and artists who shine with their jewels. Unique pieces. Inimitables, imaginative, surprising. Michele della Valle, a Roman who moved to Geneva with a view of Lake Geneva, is one of them. He does not design ready-to-wear jewelry collections. His fine jewelry is like the work of a painter in front of a palette: a unique work. And now, on 5 October, a new series of jewels by Michele della Valle goes up for auction with Sotheby’s.

Spilla Pavone con rubini, zaffiri, ametiste, tsavoriti, diamanti
Spilla Pavone con rubini, zaffiri, ametiste, tsavoriti, diamanti

Unlike other jewelry artists, her pieces are not serial. On the contrary, she creates jewels with different subjects, which include the classic themes related to nature, such as animals or flowers, to the point of contaminating high jewelery with a pinch of humor. For example with the bracelet depicting the characters of Pinocchio, including the Whale, the Fairy with blue hair, the Fox, Pinocchio, the Cat, Jiminy Cricket and Geppetto, made with blue, yellow and orange circular cut sapphires and cabochons. , tsavorite, rubies, black and almost colorless brilliant cut diamonds. Or with the pendant depicting the so-called hole in Rome, that is the keyhole located in the door of the Villa del Priorato di Malta, through which it is possible to admire the view of the Dome of St. Peter framed among the trees of the Orange Garden . What other jeweler can make such a jewel?
Collana di fiori con rubini a taglio circolare, zaffiri blu, gialli e rosa, ametiste, diamanti taglio brillante neri e incolori
Collana di fiori con rubini a taglio circolare, zaffiri blu, gialli e rosa, ametiste, diamanti taglio brillante neri e incolori

Orecchini pendenti con zaffiri orange e diamanti
Orecchini pendenti con zaffiri orange e diamanti
Orecchini con ametista e diamanti
Orecchini con ametista e diamanti
Pendente Buco di Roma con tsavoriti e diamanti
Pendente Buco di Roma con tsavoriti e diamanti

Bracciale con i personaggi di Pinocchio
Bracciale con i personaggi di Pinocchio







The game of Malakine

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The jewels of Malakine, aka Catherine Malvaux, Belgian designer with the Russian soul ♦ ︎
The Malakine website reports a sentence by Michele della Valle, a great Italian designer-artist based in Geneva: «It started as a game and must remain like a game». But the game of Catherine Malvaux is absolutely serious: on the other hand, everyone knows that you do not mess around when you have fun doing something. And this something are jewels, created to measure or in short and refined collections.

Pendente in oro, granato mandarino, diamanti, smeraldi
Pendente in oro, granato mandarino, diamanti, smeraldi

Catherine Malvaux is a Belgian designer of Russian origin. From these origins has cultivated the passion and the desire to go further. Where? On the invisible frontier that accompanies those who work in the jewelry: design original pieces, exclusive, but at the same time that adapt to the personality of the wearer. In the story of Malakine, which is a crasis between the name of her grandmother and that of her husband, there are studies of anthropology and philology, but also of drawing and painting (her favorites are Degas and Boldini) at the Accademia des Beaux-Arts before a consulting job in the business world. But the turning point came in front of a retrospective of Fabergé’s work organized in Paris, which prompted her to study gemology (she reveals she has a special fondness for the cabochon cut) and the spend time with the artisans of Antwerp, where since 2007 she makes her jewels. Giulia Netrese

Anello in oro, diamanti, acquamarina
Anello in oro, diamanti, acquamarina
Anello in oro, diamanti zaffiri
Anello in oro, diamanti zaffiri
Anello in oro, giada, rubino, diamanti
Anello in oro, giada, rubino, diamanti
Orecchini in oro bianco e diamanti bianchi e neri
Orecchini in oro bianco e diamanti bianchi e neri

Pendente della collezione Cocktail Party in oro, diamanti
Pendente della collezione Cocktail Party in oro, diamanti

Anello della collezione Cocktail Party in oro, diamanti, perle
Anello della collezione Cocktail Party in oro, diamanti, perle

Pendente in oro bianco, diamanti, zaffiri
Pendente in oro bianco, diamanti, zaffiri







Success in New York of Sotheby’s auction




No diamond had a crazy price, but the Sotheby’s auction in New York has also achieved a record: it was the first sale of jewelry during the coronavirus emergency. The jewelry auction, obviously online, reached $ 739,375. Far from the numbers reached by Magnificent Jewels’ auctions, but important by counting the moment.

Orecchini con rubini di Michele della Valle
Orecchini con rubini di Michele della Valle

Half of the lots, Sotheby’s established, exceeded the highest estimates, pieces were purchased from 32 different countries and, halfway through the times, half of the offers came from smartphones or tablets. 97% of the lots were sold. In the catalog were also famous Maison pieces, such as David Webb, Verdura and Tiffany & Co. The highest lot of the sale was a pair of earrings with rubies by Michele della Valle, which reached $ 25,000, more than three times the estimate higher starting point ($ 7,000). All 11 David Webb designer jewels were sold, led by a gold and enamel bracelet. Sold out also for the 15 lots of Tiffany & Co., which had as its most valuable piece a necklace of peridots designed by Paloma Picasso ($ 12,500, over six times the highest estimate). Also noteworthy are the four pieces of the legendary Verdura, led by a pair of “Byzantine” earrings with citrines and rhodolites.

Gem set and diamond pendant necklace, Cartier
Gem set and diamond pendant necklace, Cartier
White gold and diamond charm bracelet, Cartier
White gold and diamond charm bracelet, Cartier
Two pairs of enamel and diamond earclips,David Webb
Two pairs of enamel and diamond earclips,David Webb
Peridot necklace, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & co
Peridot necklace, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & co
Pair of turquoise, sapphire and diamond earclips, David-Webb
Pair of turquoise, sapphire and diamond earclips, David-Webb
Pair of gold and diamond Frivole earclips and necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels
Pair of gold and diamond Frivole earclips and necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels
Pair of gold and diamond earclips, Verdura
Pair of gold and diamond earclips, Verdura
Pair o citrine and rhodolite garnet byzantine earclips, Verdura
Pair o citrine and rhodolite garnet byzantine earclips, Verdura
Gold cuff bracelet, David Webb
Gold cuff bracelet, David Webb
Gold and turquoise cuff bracelet, Buccellati
Gold and turquoise cuff bracelet, Buccellati
Gold and ruby cuff bracelet, David Webb
Gold and ruby cuff bracelet, David Webb
Gold and enamel cuff bracelet, David Webb
Gold and enamel cuff bracelet, David Webb







Michele della Valle top at Sotheby’s




Success from Sotheby’s for the jewels by Michele della Valle ♦ ︎
There were 13 jewels of Michele della Valle auctioned in Fine Jewels in Geneva on December 14th organized by Sotheby’s. One of the pieces was the top lot of the sale. It is a diamond brooch and a tsavorite, peridot and diamonds with the shape of two palms. A tropical tree was created with a set with baguette diamonds and brilliant cut, the other with circular cut tsavorite, live cut peridots, baguette and tapered baguette diamonds. Starting from a minimum estimate of € 38,500, the pin has been beaten at over € 62,000. But it was not the only piece on sale by the Italian designer-artist who is on the highest steps of the jeweler’s world-wide scale.
Among the other 12 jewels in the auction, a chick-shaped brooch in yellow gold with sapphire and onyx, also by Michele della Valle, started from 1,286 euros and came to 3,751. But those sold at the Geneva auction are just the last pieces put on sale this year by Sotheby’s of the Italian designer. On 12 October, for example, a necklace of rubies and diamonds pearls, was sold for over 73,000 euros and a pair of brooches with diamonds, spinels and tourmalines, totaled the remarkable sum of 62,000 euros. In June, still in the Swiss city (where Michele della Valle lives and works), the brooch with ruby ​​and diamonds Cervo, has touched the 20,000 euros, while the bracelet Sassi, with emeralds, pink sapphires and diamonds, has been beaten for 60,000 euros. Federico Graglia



Michele della Valle, collana di perle di rubino e diamanti
Michele della Valle, collana di perle di rubino e diamanti
Michele della Valle, collana in agata rossa, smalto e diamanti
Michele della Valle, collana in agata rossa, smalto e diamanti
Coppia di orecchini Ufo com peridoti, diamanti rosa e diamanti
Coppia di orecchini Ufo com peridoti, diamanti rosa e diamanti
Coppia di spille com diamanti, tormalina e spinello
Coppia di spille com diamanti, tormalina e spinello
Spilla a forma di palma, con diamanti, tsavorite e peridoto
Spilla a forma di palma, con diamanti, tsavorite e peridoto
Spilla Chick in oro giallo con zaffiro e onice
Spilla Chick in oro giallo con zaffiro e onice
Bracciale Sassi con smeraldi, diamanti e zaffiri rosa
Bracciale Sassi con smeraldi, diamanti e zaffiri rosa

Spilla Tartaruga con citrini e smeraldi
Spilla Tartaruga con citrini e smeraldi







Michele della Valle, successful in Geneva





Success for Michele della Valle’s jewelry at Sotheby’s auction in Geneva ♦
They say art is a luxury that is not recognized to much. But selling of Sotheby’s Fine Jewels, which was held in Geneva, testifies that those who have artistic talent will receive the merited consensus. This is particularly the case with one of the best international designers, the Italian Michele della Valle. Sotheby’s had collected 82 jewels of exceptional virtuosity, which for Valle is the standard quality. And the result was right to the auction house: 98% of jewelery was sold, for a total of $ 1.3 million, ie almost three times the base estimate of the lots. A result of great importance and well deserved. It is a sign that you do not need to bet just on big collectors of diamonds like coconuts and with imaginative names to attract those who appreciate the art of jewelery.
In total, the Fine Jewels auction totaled $ 5.3 million, with 86.5% of the sold lots. Well sold also jewels by great Maison, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari. Federico Graglia




Anello con zaffiro rosa e topazio blu. È passato da una stima di 2200-3300 franchi a un prezzo d'asta di 11.250 franchi
Anello con zaffiro rosa e topazio blu. È passato da una stima di 2200-3300 franchi a un prezzo d’asta di 11.250 franchi

Orecchini con turchesi e diamanti di Michele della Valle. Da una stima di Stimare   3.500 a un venduto di 9.375 franchi
Orecchini con turchesi e diamanti di Michele della Valle. Da una stima di Stimare 3.500 a un venduto di 9.375 franchi
Bracciali con smeraldi, diamanti e zaffiri di Michele della Valle. Da una sima di 10.500  a un venduto di 40.000 franchi
Bracciali con smeraldi, diamanti e zaffiri di Michele della Valle. Da una sima di 10.500 a un venduto di 40.000 franchi
Sautoir di quarzo rosa, zaffiri rosa, pietra di luna, smalto e diamanti di Michele della Valle.  Da una stima base di 5.500 franchi a un venduto  di 17.500
Sautoir di quarzo rosa, zaffiri rosa, pietra di luna, smalto e diamanti di Michele della Valle. Da una stima base di 5.500 franchi a un venduto di 17.500
Sassi, bracciale con smeraldi, zaffiri rosa e diamanti. Stima di 8500 franchi, vendita a 65.000
Sassi, bracciale con smeraldi, zaffiri rosa e diamanti. Stima di 8500 franchi, vendita a 65.000
Spilla cavallo marino con diamanti e topazi. Da  3.500 franchi a una vendita a 21.250
Spilla cavallo marino con diamanti e topazi. Da 3.500 franchi a una vendita a 21.250
Collana Jasmine, con tsavoriti, zaffiri rosa e diamanti di Michele della Valle. Da 20.500 franchi a una vendita di 42.500
Collana Jasmine, con tsavoriti, zaffiri rosa e diamanti di Michele della Valle. Da 20.500 franchi a una vendita a 42.500
Orecchini con rubini e diamanti di Bulgari. Da  10.500 franchi a un prezzo di 42.500
Orecchini con rubini e diamanti di Bulgari. Da 10.500 franchi a un prezzo di 42.500

Anello con rubini e diamanti di Van Cleef & Arpels. Stima di 4.000 franchi, venduto a 25.000
Anello con rubini e diamanti di Van Cleef & Arpels. Stima di 4.000 franchi, venduto a 25.000







Michele della Valle per 82 at Sotheby’s

In Geneva a Sotheby’s auction with 82 pieces signed by Michele della Valle ♦
It’s called Fine Jewels Auction. But the name does not do justice to the auction organized on the first day of June, in Geneva, by Sotheby’s. It should be called, in fact, Homage to Michele della Valle. In addition to the jewels for sale, even of great value, in fact, there is a real treasure: 82 pieces signed by Michele della Valle. If you do not know him, you’ve done a shame to repair: it’s one of the most imaginative, skillful, sophisticated, refined, eclectic, jewelery designers. He, among other things, also lives in Geneva.
For Michele della Valle they speak of his unique pieces, like the extraordinary flower-shaped jewels, the ironic brecelet that form a phrase, broochs with the shape of a spider: the imagination of the Italian designer is inexhaustible, as selective. Reserved (does not attend fairs and is refractory to public occasions), personally chooses gems, does not stop in the face of any technical difficulty. In short, it is one of the great characters of jewelery. And an auction with 82 pieces signed by della Valle is undoubtedly a rare occasion, because its jewelry is not in the shops: they are the collectors who buy them exclusively on such few occasions. Federico Graglia
Read also: Michele della Valle’s dream book



Bracciale di diamanti Only you
Bracciale di diamanti Only you

Bracciali con acquamarine e diamanti
Bracciali con acquamarine e diamanti
Collana con smeraldi e tsavoriti a forma di edera
Collana con smeraldi e tsavoriti a forma di edera
Bracciale Perroquet
Bracciale Perroquet
Collana con diamanti e gemme come ametista, tormalina, peridoto
Collana con diamanti e gemme come ametista, tormalina, peridoto
Spilla con diamanti e rubini a forma di testa di cervo
Spilla con diamanti e rubini a forma di testa di cervo
Spilla freccia e cuore con diamanti e rubini
Spilla freccia e cuore con diamanti e rubini
Anello con zaffiro azzurro, rubini e diamanti
Anello con zaffiro azzurro, rubini e diamanti
Bracciale Sassi, con zaffiri rosa, smeraldi e diamanti
Bracciale Sassi, con zaffiri rosa, smeraldi e diamanti
Spilla a forma di ragno con zaffiri viola
Spilla a forma di ragno con zaffiri viola

Collana Anemoni con diamanti e zaffiri
Collana Anemoni con diamanti e zaffiri







The Paradise of fine jewelry

For lovers of fine jewelry here is the right address: Les Facettes. It is at 40 rue du Rhône in Geneva, and has just been opened. It is a center that exclusively sells nine brands of high-end jewelry, designed by internationally renowned designers. The magnificent nine have Bao Bao Wan, Gb Enigma, Masterstrokes, Mattia Cielo, Michele Valley, Roxalana, Scavia, Thee Wild, Wendy Yue. All sharing the same space. The center team, composed of gemologists, helps customers in choosing and provides explanations: “We welcome them as he once the family jeweler”, says Vivien Yakopin, responsible for business development of Les Facettes. The concept of multi-room, which has had some success in countries like the US, seems to have some difficulty in Italy, at least to hear the comments (unofficial) of those who participated in the Brian & Barry store in Piazza San Babila, in Milan. But Geneva is another matter entirely.

Bao Bao Wan, Angel
Bao Bao Wan, Angel
Michele della Valle, fragoline, particolare
Michele della Valle, fragoline, particolare
Michele della Valle, collana
Michele della Valle, collana
Michele della Valle, particolare di orecchini
Michele della Valle, particolare di orecchini
Wendy Yue, bracciale
Wendy Yue, bracciale
Wendy Yue, orecchini
Wendy Yue, orecchini
Wendy Yue
Wendy Yue
Thee Wild, Toro
Thee Wild, Toro
Thee Wild, Ariete
Thee Wild, Ariete
Bracciale di Scavia
Bracciale di Scavia
Orecchini di Scavia
Orecchini di Scavia
Collana di Scavia
Collana di Scavia
Roxalana, anello
Roxalana, anello a forma di fiore
Roxalana, anello
Roxalana, anello
Collana di Roxalana
Collana di Roxalana
Mattia Cielo, bracciale con pitre
Mattia Cielo, bracciale con pitre
Mattia Cielo, bracciale in oro e diamanti
Mattia Cielo, bracciale in oro e diamanti
Mattia Cielo, bracciale
Mattia Cielo, bracciale
Mattia Cielo, anelli
Mattia Cielo, anelli
Gioielli Masterstrokes
Gioielli Masterstrokes
Anello di Masterstrokes
Anello di Masterstrokes
Bracciale di Masterstrokes
Bracciale di Masterstrokes
L'interno di Les Facettes
L’interno di Les Facettes
Pendente di GB-Enigma
Pendente di GB-Enigma
Orecchini di GB-Enigma
Orecchini di GB-Enigma
Bracciale di GB-Enigma
Bracciale di GB-Enigma
Bao Bao Wan, bicicletta
Bao Bao Wan, bicicletta
Bao Bao Wan, fagiolo
Bao Bao Wan, fagiolo
Bao Bao Wan, pipistrello
Bao Bao Wan, pipistrello

The dream book by Michele della Valle

It seems strange to tell, but the jewels of Michele della Valle are born (also) in the clouds. Let me be clear, not conceived between a terminal and a check-out, or assembled between the seats of a first class. However, at the same time, the clouds are the ones you see from Boeing or Airbus, the wings on which often travel the thoughts of the marquis-jeweler from surprising creativity. Why on a plane? Simple, because part of the choice of della Valle is developed around the stone, like was a person, an idea, a surprise. The jewels conceived, designed, transformed by thought, in fact, are imagined on transparency and the shades of the stones choices. Elements observed carefully, before undergoing a strict selection on site, ie in Asia, where della Valle observes, weighs, evaluates. In short, the jewel is born when the designer chooses a gem it would choose as a partner or rather a friend. From that moment begins the creative process that accompanies it until the idea that flows like a spring from the stone and turns into one of the jewels that according Amber Michelle, editor in chief of Rapaport Magazine, the bible of the diamonds, “Gems give the texture and dimension that make a piece sing a whispered song to the one who is meant to wear that particular item of jewellery”. In this way can born earrings with the same design but, in the same time, each one settled ad hoc. Or bracelets where the gems make a geometric design, but without losing their irregularities. And, yet, pins in the shape of animals, stratospheric necklaces, surprising combinations. Sometime even with the use of materials such as titanium or synthetics such as Perspex, because creativity has no boundaries.

Michele della Valle, Jewels & Myths
Michele della Valle, Jewels & Myths

An early vocation

Let’s step back: Michele della Valle, born in Rome, is one of those people who are lucky enough to hear a vocation in the first years of life. And who can achieve the dream that they have cultivated. He, for example, began to imagine jewelry when he was 16. But his life changed really, tells the biography, after a trip to Burma, in 1976, during which della Valle has bought his first stone. With a little ‘boldness, showed the gem to Roger Varenne, a leading expert in the market, which suggested he bring the gem to Christie’s. A brilliant idea, since Hans Nadelhoffer, at that time head of the jewelry, has contributed to the career of della Valle. The first job is at one of the most famous jewelers in Rome, Fürst, in Via Veneto, representative of Harry Winston. After a couple of years, in 1978, della Valle has opened his own workshop in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, and began to travel regularly in Asia, in search of precious stones. It was also the beginning of a collaboration with Bulgari for special occasions and his consecration as a designer for a clientele of movie stars and opera singers throughout Italy. In 1987, della Valle moved to Geneva, where he created the jewelry line that bears his name.

They are not jewelry that you can buy at the boutique near home. They are special pieces, unique works, fantasies in the form of precious materials. Suffice it to say that Christie’s, which sells her jewelry, list della Valle among the artist / makers / authors, along with painters and sculptors. And not without reason, since his creative process is not industrial but exclusively individual.

Palette. Multicolour sapphire, emerald, rubellite, paraiba
Palette. Multicolour sapphire, emerald, rubellite, paraiba

Great pictures

The work of della Valle is witnessed in a large format book and in an gorgeous edition that all jewelry lovers, those who have shined eyes at the sight of the fine things, should possess. It’s called Michele della Valle, Jewels & Myths (published by Antique Collect, 350 pages) and you can buy on Amazon by clicking here. The myths are those that appear here and there among the pages: from Maria Callas to Caterina Caselli, by John Fitzgerald Kennedy to Coco Chanel. But, of course, the protagonists are the jewels. Especially those made with Burmese rubies and sapphires, but not only. From large colored necklaces, the brooch with the shape of a car, or a flower. Earrings inspired by the Colosseum, the pendent dedicated to Snoopy. They swing between contemporary myths, sometimes irreverent subjects (for example Pirates bracelet, with the skulls, 2005), or classic pieces of fine jewelry. The volume covers the creative road of della Valle. It is an autobiography exclusively in images, while the text is limited to read captions. A book to be seen, you can not miss on the table of those who love the jewelry.

Michele della Valle.
Michele della Valle. (Courtesy Sotheby’s)
Pirates. White and red coral, ruby, emerald, black and white diamond bracelet. 2005
Pirates. White and red coral, ruby, emerald, black and white diamond bracelet. 2005
Tiger skin. Yellow sapphire and black diamond bracelet (2001). Right: Tigri Black diamond, yellow sapphire emerald and coral brooch. 2005 223 Tiger skin. Yellow sapphire and black diamond bracelet (2001)
Tiger skin. Yellow sapphire and black diamond bracelet (2001). Right: Tigri. Black diamond, yellow sapphire emerald and coral brooch. 2005
Pair of amethyst and diamond earrings (2001). Right: Olimpiadi. Yellow and white diamond, pink and blue sapphire, amethyst bracelet (1998)
Pair of amethyst and diamond earrings (2001). Right: Olimpiadi. Yellow and white diamond, pink and blue sapphire, amethyst bracelet (1998)
Pair of ruby and diamond ear clips (detail). 2001
Pair of ruby and diamond ear clips (detail). 2001
bracciale della valle
Pink tourmaline and pink sapphire ring (2010). Burmese ruby, pink sapphire and diamond bracelet (1999)
Sir Rosso Corsano de’ Marchesi dellaValle. Right: Snoopy. A natural pearl, ruby and diamond pin. 1998
Sir Rosso Corsano de’ Marchesi dellaValle. Right: Snoopy. A natural pearl, ruby and diamond pin. 1998
King snake. Fancy intense yellow diamond and ruby necklace mounted in silver and gold. 1997
King snake. Fancy intense yellow diamond and ruby necklace mounted in silver and gold. 1997
Miky. Ruby and diamond bib necklace (1987). Right: Sassi Rossi. Burmese cabochon rough ruby and diamond bracelet. 1989
Miky. Ruby and diamond bib necklace (1987). Right: Sassi Rossi. Burmese cabochon rough ruby and diamond bracelet. 1989
Katharine Hepburn in costume as Mary Stuart in the 1936 film «Mary of Scotland». Right: Piuma. White, grey and black diamond pin brooch mounted in zirconium and gold. 2006
Katharine Hepburn in costume as Mary Stuart in the 1936 film «Mary of Scotland». Right: Piuma. White, grey and black diamond pin brooch mounted in zirconium and gold. 2006
Otello. Ebony, multigem and diamond pin brooch. 2012
Otello. Ebony, multigem and diamond pin brooch. 2012
Rainbow. Multigem chain necklace. 2004
Rainbow. Multigem chain necklace. 2004
Kremlin. Emerald and diamond bangle mounted in silver and gold. 1987
Kremlin. Emerald and diamond bangle mounted in silver and gold. 1987
Lavender jade, cabochon ruby and diamond bracelet. 2002
Lavender jade, cabochon ruby and diamond bracelet. 2002
Fragoline (particolare). Pair of ruby and diamond earpendants mounted in titanium and white gold, 2006
Fragoline (particolare). Pair of ruby and diamond earpendants mounted in titanium and white gold, 2006
Flag. Ruby, sapphire and diamond necklace. 2009
Flag. Ruby, sapphire and diamond necklace. 2009
Perspex and diamond bangle (1997). Bakelite and diamond necklace (1993). Bakelite and diamond bangle (1993).
Perspex and diamond bangle (1997). Bakelite and diamond necklace (1993). Bakelite and diamond bangle (1993).
Spilla di diamanti e turchesi. A sinistra, Maria Callas
Spilla di diamanti e turchesi. A sinistra, Maria Callas
Ape. Yellow and black diamond and emerald brooch. 2003
Ape. Yellow and black diamond and emerald brooch. 2003
Brooch in titanium, carbonium fiber and white gold set with diamonds, spinels, pink sapphires and amethysts. 2007
Brooch in titanium, carbonium fiber and white gold set with diamonds, spinels, pink sapphires and amethysts. 2007