These Italian artisans combine years of experience (some more than a century) and the finest materials to create some of the most luxurious handcrafted pieces of Italian jewelry. Their diverse backgrounds and sources of inspiration result in bold and unique designs that are sure to make a statement.
By Christine Aebischer
Regina by De Simone
The exquisite designs of the historic Neapolitan house, De Simone, are based on more than a century-long tradition. Francesco De Simone & figlio was founded in 1855, through a passion for coral and shells. And in 1990, De Simone Fratelli was founded to continue the family tradition of jewelry design. The unique coral pieces are the epitome of elegance and exude skills that have been perfected over years of dedicated craftsmanship. The Regina set comprises a gold necklace, bracelet, ring and earrings. The delicately feminine pieces are decorated with De Simone’s signature angel skin coral, diamonds and emeralds. Priced at $85,875.
Yin Yan Parure by Margherita Burgener
Designer Margherita Burgener’s jewels have been auctioned at Phillips de Pury in Geneva, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Artcurial, Poly Hong Kong and Bonhams. Her unique creations are the result of her family’s century-long tradition as goldsmiths in Valenza, the hometown of high-class Italian jewelry. Burgener created her first original piece in 2003 and debuted her limited edition Boutique line in 2011. In addition to designing her own pieces, she oversees the craftsmen in her family’s workshop to ensure the rare and valuable skills of her trade are preserved. Her Yin Yan Parure design features a set of earrings and mesh-link bracelets. Pavé diamonds and 18-karat yellow gold adorn the white and black enamel pieces. Priced at $84,000.
Disk by Kathaline Page-Guth
Born to Hungarian and American parents, Kathaline Page-Guth had an appreciation for art and creativity from an early age. She draws most of her inspiration from the city of Florence, where she has been working for the past 20 years. Her designs reflect a love of nature and animals, bringing together eccentric designs and colorful gems. For Page-Guth, a piece of fine jewelry is a symbolic and emotional investment to be treasured for generations to come. Her Disk earrings are handcrafted from oval-cut pink morganite beads that dangle elegantly from rings of blackened white gold set with diamonds. Priced at $28,900.