Haute couture jewellery since 1946
Throughout time, the baubles of historic atelier – Ornella Bijoux – have graced the pages of the French Le dictionanaire du bijoux, international exhibitions catalogs, and magazines Vogue and Elle.
Maria Vittoria Albani has earned her title as master of costume jewelry design by offering the world over 50 years of her inspiring creations filled with whimsical fancy and refinement that defy all elements of time.
Method, passion, experimentation, inexhaustible creativity and exquisite taste are the ingredients that nurture her necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings, crowns and suspender belts. These works of art are made entirely by hand in a plethora of materials – ceramics, woods, gold or silver gilt bronze and beautifully enameled metals – often paired with modern resins, sparkling crystals, hand-blown Venetian glass or semi-precious stones.
Since Maria’s mother opened the atelier by investing her life savings, after the war in 1946, the pieces have been designed and crafted meticulously, using only those techniques ordained by the “haute couture” of artisanal jewelers. Beginning then, and continuing until Maria took the helm in the 60s, all of these works have taken their rightful place as finery for insiders, desired by iconic fashion houses, and big international buyers alike.
Today, one enters Maria’s laboratory in Milan and is awestruck by the bounty of different forms and decorative motifs – be they vintage styles or modern creations. The collection of finery now includes some pieces by her daughter Simona, whose vision and impeccable taste mirrors her mothers’ and grandmothers’.
Maria tells us, “Do not let yourself be intimidated by their essence; rather allow your imagination to take hold and wear them with wild abandon as you recreate you in your vision.”
This is how Maria wears her brooch – in a way that captures her essence and honors the traditional sense – clipped to a lapel to beautify her jacket. But Maria encourages us to see that her precious butterfly brooch could just as easily be mounted on a leather bracelet or a multi-stranded necklace or even a choker. It is this infinite number of ways to play with Maria’s brooch that makes this piece, and all her collection, so discriminating.
Her brooch, like her entire line defies and eclipses fashion diktats. These precious baubles are created to be worn with a touch of panache given by the wearer, in unexpected ways, and this is how they convey, so uniquely, that “way of being” that is so unmistakably Italian.
Cristina and Myriam, co-founders of TheItalianCollection.com are so proud to have Ornella Bijoux gracing their e-boutique.
We are hopeful that you will visit her soon, and peruse a capsule that is in every sense of the word unique for each piece is made especially for you.
Myriam and Cristina