VicenzaOro September 2019: A Jewelry Sneak Peek



If you’re reading this, I’m on my way to Italy for the VicenzaOro show, which runs Sept. 7–11 in the elegant town of Vicenza. I’m only there for a couple of days, but I plan to squeeze in as many jewels (and drink as many Aperol Spritzes) as possible. Here are just a few of the brands I’m excited to see.

Roberto Coin Palazzo Ducale bracelet
Palazzo Ducale bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 0.58 ct. t.w. diamonds; $6,800; Roberto Coin

For its holiday collection, Roberto Coin, based in Vicenza, turned to nearby Venice and one of its landmarks: the Palazzo Ducale, aka Doge’s Palace. If you’ve traveled Venice, surely you’ve explored its museum, courtyard, and apartments (perhaps even the prison!). But it’s the exterior—as you can see in the photo below—that provides the inspiration for Coin’s gold and diamond collection.

Doge's Palace

(Photo: Jacqueline Poggi)

 

Stephen Webster Vertigo Acute hoops
Vertigo Acute hoops in 18k yellow gold with white enamel and 0.22 ct. t.w. white baguette diamonds; £6,800 ($8,287); Stephen Webster

Superlight titanium, colored enamel, and puzzle-like triangles compose Stephen Webster’s new Vertigo collection. Modern architecture buffs will dig the sharp edges, off-kilter angles, and baguette diamonds. And if you’re looking for a geometric twist on the hoop earring, here you go.

 

Picchiotti pear shape emerald earrings
Earrings with 9.32 cts. t.w. pear-shape emeralds and 1.77 cts. t.w. round diamonds in 18k white gold; $99,200; Picchiotti

Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are staples at Picchotti, yet the Big Three are anything but basic in these designs. This is where you go if you want something classic. (And yes, they have plenty of diamonds as well.)

 

Alessio Boschi glacier
The Melting Arctic ring boasts an iceberg made of white topaz, which opens to reveal a mama polar bear and her babies; they’re carved from tagua nut. “This jewel reminds us of the delicate balance of nature,” Alessio Boschi wrote on Instagram, “and the elements that could soon be lost to us forever.”

Alessio Boschi has created jewels based on Italian landmarks (the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Bridge of Sighs), flora and fauna, under-the-sea life, peacocks, palaces…if it’s intricate, eclectic, and surprising, it’s fair game for the Bangkok-based artist. His booth is always mobbed with attendees hoping to get a glimpse of his latest over-the-top designs. Stop by and chat with him and his sister, Valeria, if you can!

 

Lydia Courteille La Vie en Rose lips ring
Ring with 56 pink tourmalines and 85 black diamonds in 18k rose gold; price on request; Lydia Courteille

Lydia Courteille calls her latest collection, La Vie en Rose, a “tribute to Paris.” The pairing of soft blush-colored gems—mostly morganite, but also pink sapphires and tourmaline—and black diamonds is très sexy. Doesn’t this ring make you think of fishnet stockings? I’m begging someone from Moulin Rouge! The Musical to wear this ring to the Tony Awards in June.

Top: Earrings with 4.31 cts. t.w. fancy sapphires and 46 cts. t.w. morganite in 18k pink gold and titanium; price on request; Lydia Courteille

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