Italian Jewelry Designs Sparkle in Style at Centurion Show
Italy, as we now know it, has been producing extraordinary jewelry designs since 700 BC, when Etruscan goldsmiths, living in what is now central Italy, pioneered granulation and other technically sophisticated jewelry making methods. Italian jewelry brands upheld this tradition at the January 2023 Centurion Show in Phoenix, Arizona, where they launched new collections showcasing Italian style, savoir-faire and timeless beauty.
For instance, family-owned heritage brand Busatti Milano Luca Gems presented irresistible, avant-garde designs in 18-karat gold and such unusual materials as basalt and carbonium, while Vhernier showcased “Coucher de Soleil” 18-karat gold bracelets glowing with alchemically alluring, proprietary finishes in sunset shades. Studded with tiny brilliant diamonds that twinkled against a dark blue bronze finish, all versions of this bracelet embodied a vision of stars coming out to shine as night falls.
Another impressive showing came from heritage brand Hasbani Gioielli, which specializes in understatedly luxurious designs and super-chic bridal jewelry.
Pasquale Bruni’s creative director Eugenia Bruni’s newest collections bloomed with floral and leafy jewelry designs in curvilinear shapes and included luscious green agate and diamonds set in 18-karat gold. Over 100 North American luxury jewelry retailers voted Pasquale Bruni “Best Italian Jewelry Brand” at Centurion’s Starjewels Night Awards Gala.
Serafina Consoli and Zydo jewels both presented sophisticated kinetic designs. Consoli’s 18-karat gold and 2.50 carat diamond ring magically morphed into a bracelet thanks to engineering based on gold’s tensile properties. Zydo’s colored gemstones and diamond “Stretch” jewels relied on internal metal springs for ergonomic ease and elegant expansion. Similarly, smooth and streamlined ceramic and diamond “Pura” collections by Roberto Demeglio feature inner springs for maximum comfort.
While Vendorafa’s hand-wrought 18-karat gold and diamond collections embodied luxurious volumes and the classical spirit of ancient architecture, designs by Piero Milano and Antonio Papini Gioielli embodied contemporary, romantic silhouettes.
The carefree, casual elegance of designs from Vicenza-based Pippo Perez popped with figurative festivity. While the brand’s 18-karat gold sun and moon earrings made a luxurious bohemian style statement, its diamond and colored gemstone bracelets enchanted with animal, bird and insect motifs.
Misani Milano’s “Toyama Bay” collection sparkled with pavé diamond designs inspired by sunlight that glitters on the waters of Japan’s Toyama Bay, while Miseno’s “Baia” range celebrates ancient mosaic masterpieces from the floors of villas that long ago sank to the bottom of the bay around Italy’s Cape Miseno that now comprises an underwater archaeological park.
In the final analysis, every Italian brand showing at Centurion upheld the Italian cultural commitment to refined design, unparalleled artisanship and mastery of superb materials while expressing utterly contemporary conceptions of beauty, style and harmony.