Italian Inspired: Michael John Jewelry’s Portofino Collection

There is no greater place on this earth than Italy, at least in my opinion. The sights are beyond inspiring, the food is remarkable, and there’s something about the Italian way of life that is so entrancing, I feel the urge to be a part of it. (Any chance we can pack up and move the office to Rome?) But if that’s a daydream for now, at least Michael John Jewelry has me one step closer.

Its new Portofino collection, which debuted at the 2014 Couture jewelry show, features 15 designs reminiscent of Italian colors, patterns, and shapes. “The historical architecture of Portofino, Italy, was a huge inspiration behind many of the designs,” said designer and CEO Michael Hezar in a press release. “The colors of the buildings, the rolling hills, and the deep blues of the ocean are all incorporated within the collection.”

Michael John Portofino collection double finger ring

Oh, and, of course, there’s a piece I’m obsessing over. The double-finger ring pictured above is a slice of the Mediterranean, with a deep blue ocean of 17.09 cts. t.w. sapphires and a combination of round and rose-cut diamonds, all contrasting with a sensational Australian opal that sits like an island at the center of the sea, or like a warm-water current, however you prefer to see it.

Other pieces in the 19k collection feature round and rose-cut diamonds and colored stones, with prices ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. With a suggested retail price of $31,000, the ring I have my eye on may cost a tad more than a trip to Italy, but really, can you put a price on holding a piece of the Italian life on your finger(s)? Well okay, I guess you can!

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