Whether its one-of-a-kind pieces or production jewels, the Italians bring heritage, style and innovation wherever in the world they exhibit. This time those attending BaselWorld were lucky enough to see these Italian jewels first hand, primarily in Hall 2, and in Hall 1.1 for the larger brands.
Among the brands that rose to the top this year were Alessio Boschi, Qayten, Antonini, Roberto Coin and Pasquale Bruni.
It was my first time meeting Alessio Boschi and his administrative marketing assistant Valeria Boschi and it was quite a visit. Alessio, wearing a black bow tie and formal black jacket that sparkled, was entraining the lady visitors while Valeria was showing me the jewels. But charm alone isn’t why people (mostly women) come to visit. It’s the jewellery they produce. Traditional in every way, the one-of-a-kind pieces are sculptural, sensual, versatile and even playful. They are often painstaking replications of historical monuments, nature scenes or whatever pops into Alessio’s vivid imagination.
Everything about the family owned business screams Italian, except that the entire business moved from Italy to Bangkok where they can be close to the robust gem market, as Alessio explained to me. The jewels are hand-crafted by specialist artisans in Thailand and other parts of the world.
Alessio Boschi Cedar necklace
You usually think of Bologna as the gastronomic centre of Italy, but it also where this relatively new jewellery company hails from this northern Italian city. It uses traditional materials and techniques to produce modern jewels that are also elegant and comfortable to wear. They added to their Japanese Akoya pearls jewels with modern designs made with Tahitian black pearls. But the best piece of the year is the Museo ring, with sapphire surrounded by at approximately seven curved tiers of gold with diamond pave.
Qayten Museo ring
The Milan-based company introduced a number of new pieces this year but among the highlights are some unique pieces including cocktails rings, “Fez,” made of brushed yellow gold, natural sapphires and a foundation of 84 champagne and cognac diamonds in different sizes. The typical concave ellipse of the mosaic opens up along the stem of the ring, enclosing it in a sparkling band. The central stone is an oval-shaped natural light-yellow 4.3-carat sapphire, contrasted with the six bright blue lateral sapphires.
Antonini Fez ring
The iconic jeweller presented his usual assortment of fine gold jewels made with coloured gems and diamonds. There were several highlights but among them was the “Cheeky Monkey” collection, with monkey figurines in playful positions made with textured 18k gold. In some cases diamond pave is added for extra sparkle.
Roberto Coin Cheeky Monkey necklace
The Italian jeweller sticks to traditional themes but why change when you are very at what you do. In this case his elegant gold pieces continue the motif of secret gardens, with the “Petit Garden” collection. The company looked toward exotic locations such as Bali, Hawaii and the Caribbean for its inspiration. Necklace, rings, bracelets and earrings in the line represent blades of grass of rose and white gold and paved with diamonds.
Pasquale Bruni Petit Garden ring