Palmiero’s handmade 18K white gold Hummingbird suite of a necklace, earrings and a ring made with white diamonds, sapphires, chalcedony and semi-precious stones, shown above, is a testament to the vivid imagination and minute details employed in Italian-made jewelry. Precision in pavé-set diamonds is also prevalent in Italian-made jewelry, like Leo Pizzo’s handmade 18K white gold snake necklace with black and white pavé-set diamonds. Fearless designs in large-scale pieces are trademarks of Italian designer, Paolo Piovan, as shown below in his breathtaking 18K white gold with palladium (top), 18K white gold (middle) and 18K with yellow gold (bottom) and diamonds Equestrienne collection.
Leo Pizzo 18K white gold Snake necklace with 15.53 carats white diamonds and 16.04 carats black diamonds, price on request, leopizzo.com
Paolo Piovan 18K white gold with Palladium Horse ring with 0.34 carats diamonds (top), 18K white gold with 6.10 carats diamonds (middle) and18K yellow gold with 0.31 carats diamonds (bottom), price on request, paolopiovan.com
Innovation, with use of materials and execution of design, is another foundational element in Italian-made jewelry. Picchiotti chose titanium for its lighter weight and strength when making large-scale designs, creating colors in the titanium through an arduous process, resulting in the masterwork Picchiotti blue titanium ring with mother-of-pearl, diamonds and oval sapphire shown below. Roberto Demeglio holds patents for its spring component that allows its jewelry pieces to twist and pull and retract so that diamond bracelets easily fit over any hand size. The Roberto Demeglio multi-measurement system is another patented device that allows diamond rings to expand and pull back with any finger size, as well as with temperature changes that cause fingers to swell. The stunning Roberto Demeglio 18K white gold and ceramic cuff with pavé diamonds, shown below, is a cuff that, finally, anyone can wear.
Picchiotti Blue Titanium ring with 2.26 carats diamond, 5.07 unheated Sri Lankan sapphire and mother-of-pearl, $78,700, Elizabeth Bruns Jewelers
Roberto Demeglio 18K white gold cuff with 34.80 carats white diamonds and 38.61 carats black diamonds, $119,800, robertodemeglio.com
Italian jewelry craftsmen have been creating exquisite jewelry for millenniums, passing down insights and technical skills from century to century. Each new generation builds upon the old ways of making jewelry with its eyes on the future to create still more beauty that someday, one can hope, may just save the world. Click here for more of my favorite and absolutely gorgeous made-in-Italy jewelry pieces from Utopia, Marco Dal Maso, Pasquale Bruni, Casato, Visconti, Zydo, Falcinelli and Antonini.
Utopia 18K white gold Parure 20th Anniversary necklace with 2 carats brilliant-cut diamonds, 10 carats rose-cut diamonds and 10-12mm white South Sea pearls, $59,600, utopia-jewels.com
Marco Dal Maso 18K yellow gold Amaia necklace with 2.75 carats champagne diamonds and 0.26 carats green sapphire corundum, $22,400, marcodalmaso.com
Pasquale Bruni 18K white gold Foglia Giardini Segret ring with 6.12 carats diamonds, 3.81 carats ruby and 33.37 carats rubellite, $152,460, pasqualebruni.com
Casato 18K white gold Vie En Rose necklace with 13.2 carats diamonds, $38.850, casatogioielli.com
Giorgio Visconti 18K white gold bracelet with 3.72 carats diamonds, $16,460, giorgiovisconti.com
Zydo 18K white gold necklace with 50 carats diamonds, $320,000, zydo.com
Falcinelli 18K rose gold Mirror ring with 17,80 carats amethyst rock crystal and 1.60 carats diamonds, $6,000, falcinelliitaly.com
Antonini 18K yellow gold Atolli ring with 1.3 carats pavé diamonds, $9,500, antonini.it