I saw so much amazing gold jewelry at the 2019 VicenzaOro show in January—not a huge surprise, considering Italians are renowned for their gold jewelry (and, hello, gold—oro—is part of the show’s name!).
Somehow I managed to restrain myself and refrain from buying any jewelry at the show (can you believe it?). But if I had an unlimited budget, these are the gold pieces I would have snapped up. Hey, a girl can dream!
Normally, I am not one for stretchy bracelets—they’re supposed to be comfortable, but they never really are—but Fope’s Flex’it design made me a convert. (The secret: gold springs hidden between the links.) This piece from the Eka Anniversario collection—feting Fope’s 90th year—is just the right width, and the diamond-dotted white gold rondel provides such a cool contrast.
Top and above: Flex’it bracelet in 18k gold with 0.19 ct. t.w. diamonds, €7,020 ($8,025); Fope
This was my first brush with Bee Goddess, and I was instantly smitten. The Istanbul-based brand is built on a collection of symbols and sacred objects; but if talismanic jewelry isn’t your thing, just think of their inspirations as stars or flowers. I love the shade of green—so bright and cheery, don’t you think?—and the bee instantly made me think of Jesus Christ Superstar’s peppy “What’s the Buzz” (“What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happenin’ ”)…which I haven’t been able to get out of my head since.
14k rose gold ring with 2.7 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.27 ct. t.w. diamonds, £4,940 ($6,408); Bee Goddess
How does Annamaria Cammilli create such soft, fluid-looking pieces? They all have this gorgeous, velvety matte finish. Plus: The brand boasts eight of its own gold alloys: Yellow Sunrise, Yellow Bamboo, Orange Apricot, Pink Champagne, Black Lava, White Ice, Beige Natural, and (the newest) Chocolate Brown. Even though I’m usually a yellow gold girl, I found myself really loving the Orange Apricot—a not–quite–rose gold, yellow-with-a-touch-of-blush hue.
Grace collection ring in 18k Orange Apricot gold with diamonds, $2,400; Annamaria Cammilli
Everything at the Vendorafa booth was so amazingly wearable, from its dynamic Dune designs to its high-polish, snake-inspired Anaconda collection. And the new sleek, hammered Hula Hoop pieces—edged with pavé diamonds—are no exception. This brand just knows how to do big and bold gold.
Hula Hoop bangles in 18k yellow and rose gold with diamonds; $6,200–$10,280; Vendorafa
Long after other geometric pieces have had their day, this Damiani D.Side design will remain a classic. It’s also available in pink gold and onyx, white gold and lapis, and pink gold and mother-of-pearl, but the combination of deep green malachite and warm 18k yellow gold is just so rich.
D.Side yellow gold, malachite, and diamond necklace, $9,990; Damiani