Amid the trend for minimalism and simplicity that seems pervasive in the jewelry world, Italian jeweler Buccellati is growing in the opposite direction. The legendary brand has always forged its own path. And when I say sculpted, I mean it literally. Each of the house’s intricate designs, which simultaneously and delicate, are painstakingly engraved and handcrafted using age-old techniques that have long since faded from the mainstream.
Goldsmithing and sculpture have a strong place in Italian history from Brunelleschi to Donatello and Benvenuto Cellini. Buccellati cites this heritage as a source of inspiration and emulation. It is clear that the worlds of art, history and beauty have a deep place in the visual identity of the brand.
This influence is found once again in Buccellati’s latest high jewelry collection. Il Gardinio di Buccellati was launched during Haute Couture Week in Paris, and is inspired by the color palettes of the Impressionists and the beauty of nature. The soft, realistic light of the gardens painted during this landmark period in history shines through every room, creating an elegant and unmistakably Buccellati collection.
When seen in person, all of Buccellati’s jewelry, Il Gardinio despite everything, you want to witness something really special. It is an experience that Lucrezia Buccellati, one of the 4th generation designers of the family and the first female designer of the house, takes care to maintain the level of detail and craftsmanship present in each room. The collection is a quintessentially Italian interpretation of Impressionism, combining elaborate metalwork with softness and light. My favorite piece is the Agapanto Cocktail Ring – a style the house has become well known for – with oversized tanzanite nestled in a garden of swirling diamonds.
You can browse the garden yourself at Buccellati.com