Ornella Ianuzzi. a New Award, a New Online Retailer
and the successful launch of her New “Kristalik” Collection
Ornella Iannuzzi found her true calling after discovering the Art Nouveau jewels of René Lalique. At that moment, “I discovered what jewelry could be – as a work of art and a form of body adornment,” she says. Iannuzzi finds bottomless inspiration from nature and considers her practice an ongoing investigation of the subject, “There are three different environments, mountain, forest and sea. There’s a lot to do.”
Iannuzzi’s favorite gemstone is the opal. “I have a special thing for opals and discovered Ethiopian opals in 2009. Since that time, I’ve included them in my collection.” In keeping with her sculptural approach, Iannuzzi works directly in the wax rather than from sketch to mold. My jewelry is like little artworks to wear.”
This blogger met Ornella at the 2015 Couture Show in Las Vegas where she was one of the Designers in Stephen Webster's Rock Vault. She was introducing her "Rock It" Collection a fun group of orbs of Ethiopian Opal rolling around in geodesic frames. A talented and lovely artist --- I expected amazing things and boy has she delivered!
Earlier this year Ornella Iannuzzi won another Gold award at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards - commonly referred to as the “Jewellery Oscars” - for her pendant called “L’exceptionnelle Tanzanite”.
For a complete list (in .pdf form) of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2016 Honorees - CLICK HERE
Entirely handmade in 18k white gold with a 45 cts natural Tanzanite crystal and diamonds, this pendant is a new addition to her Fine Art Jewellery collection “Les Exceptionnelles”, with which Ornella shares her fascination for geology and mineralogy.
And last night, the quality of her unusual work was rewarded by a Gold Award in the Jeweller category.
Following the popularity of “Les Exceptionnelles”, Ornella decided to adapt the style to daily wear last year with her fine jewellery ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ collection called “Rock It!”- based on dodecahedron crystallization of gemstones.
This earlier collection is currently available online at PLUKKA
This year, it is the crystallization of emeralds which has inspired Ornella’s new ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ line - called “Kristalik”- which she successfully introduced at Rock Vault last week during London Fashion Week. With a strong architectural look and asymmetric-geometric designs, the new collection bears Ornella’s signature avant-garde style, with a touch of Art Deco. Available in polished or matt 18k gold (in yellow, white, or rose) and set with diamonds, the range is composed of rings (specifically designed for left hand & right hand), pendant, necklace, cufflinks, and earrings which can be combined for a luxurious modern-urban look.
Inspired by the crystallisation of emeralds, my new range has a strong architectural look with "asymmetric-geometric" designs that bear my signature avant-garde style, with a touch of art deco. Available in polished or matt 18k gold (yellow, white, or rose) and set with diamonds, the range is composed of rings - specifically designed for left hand & right hand, pendant, necklace, cufflinks, and earrings.
Ornella Iannuzzi is an established award winning artist jeweller creating mainly one-of-a-kind pieces of high end jewellery. Famous for her unique award-winning pieces, Ornella’s motto (from Ralph Waldo Emerson): "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" feeds her unusual and innovative approach to high-end jewellery.
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