Maria Vittoria Albani Exhibits at the Museo del Bijou

200 pieces represent 75 years of Italian creativity


Since the 1940s, Maria Vittoria Albani, has been adding chapters to her story as the indisputable protagonist of Italian costume jewellery. Her Ornella Bijoux brand creations were presented at the prestigious trade show, Super, in Milan.


Now, 200 pieces from the splendid archive are on view at the Museo del Bijou (Museum for Costume Jewellery) at Casalmaggiore (Cremona).

Museo del Bijou in Casalmaggiore, Italy

Museo del Bijou in Casalmaggiore, Italy

200 pieces by Maria Vittoria Albani at Museo del Bijou

200 pieces by Maria Vittoria Albani on exhibit at Museo del Bijou

We celebrated with Maria at her vernissage which opened on March 21st as guests gathered to honor her timeless works of art. This historic display will be on exhibit through May 17, 2015 at the Museo del Bijou, Casalmaggiore.

Maria Vittoria, whose humility is one of her many endearing qualities, shares that
on opening night she was “so moved her legs seemed to tremble.” Not being
accustomed to public speaking she feared making a gaffe; particularly in front
of so many journalists with probing questions. Nonetheless, Maria exhibited such poise and we watched in awe as she shared her creative inspiration for distinct pieces as she engaged with the guests.

Maria Vittoria Albani speaks at vernissage at Museo del Bijou

The exhibition, curated by Bianca Cappello in collaboration with Maria Vittoria’s beloved daughter, Simona Scala, is dedicated to Italy’s greatest costume jewellers.

Maria Vittoria Albani’s original design sketches at Museo del Bijou

Maria Vittoria Albani’s original design sketches at Museo del Bijou

G. Moro calls them adornments “of dreamy refinement.” Vogue writes, “They are exclusive objects that help to convey and unleash the essence of being… They are objects of timeless beauty.”

Maria Vittoria Albani’s cuff designs at Museo del Bijou

Maria Vittoria Albani’s cuff designs at Museo del Bijou

Ornella Bijoux’s exclusive objects were first created in the 1940s by Maria Vittoria Albani’s mother. She was a pioneer in the era of costume jewelry, which had just begun as World War II made gold and precious metals scarce and expensive.

Ornella di Piera Albani placard at Museo del Bijou

Ornella di Piera Albani’s original atelier placard at Museo del Bijou

Piera Albani with Maria Vittoria Albani in their Ornella Bijou Atelier

Maria with her mother Piera in the historic Ornella Bijou atelier

Ornella designs at Museo del Bijou

Ornella designs at Museo del Bijou

Now counted as one of the few “Historic Ateliers of Milan,” Ornella Bijoux enjoys a revered status at the Museo del Bijou, given to very few deserving workshops in the epicentre of design.

Today, you will find the Ornella Bijoux brand has remained faithful to its roots. Every piece is made by hand in the workshop in Milan. In this small hub, mother and daughter work in unison and harmony.

Maria confided privately that she was so overwhelmed with emotion at the vernissage and her only regret was that she forgot to publicly express her infinite gratitude to her beloved daughter Simona, who “in fact, organised every intimate detail with the curator, and I am so proud of her.”

Maria's daughter Simona Scala at Ornella’s vernissage at Museo del Bijou

Maria’s daughter Simona Scala at Ornella’s vernissage at Museo del Bijou

Maria revels in her favourite things — shimmering faux pearls, Murano glass, shining metals, shells, hand-painted woods, ceramics and Swarovski crystals — the humble materials that become timeless stunning bijoux.

Meanwhile Simona uses her expertise in public relations and all matters commercial to create awareness of a family business that exists at a historical intersection of art and design.

Maria Vittoria Albani’s beaded cuff at Museo del Bijou

Maria Vittoria Albani’s beaded cuff at the Museo del Bijou

Her palette of colours and designs will help you write your own script of romance and fantasy. So live creatively and share with the world your unique beauty and sartorial splendour by succumbing to “il bello e ben fatto” the beautiful and well-made, by Maria Vittoria Albani.

Maria Vittoria Albani’s dragonfly motif jewellery at Museo del Bijou

Maria Vittoria Albani’s dragonfly motif jewellery at the Museo del Bijou

Cristina and Myriam, co-founders of TheItalianCollection.com are extremely proud to be presenting Maria Vittoria Albani’s array of museum-worthy adornments that is a mix of moods both sensational and seductive.

Myriam and Cristina

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