There is a universal sense of wonder and awe associated with the arrival of spring. Mother Nature brings back a kaleidoscope of colour to the fertile, fallow ground — an ingenious orchestra of extraordinary visuals.
As Charlotte Bronte once said, “Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”
An intense feeling of abundance permeates hearts, and our souls are nourished by a new found joy and hope to match the newfound flourish of colour in the early blooms. Daffodils point up to the sun, lavender hued hyacinths seduce with their whimsical shapes, and primroses, those simplest of flowers, beguile with their splendid colours.
Indeed, spring is a time to breathe deeply, to take stock of our lives and show gratitude for the opportunity to experience the wonders of Mother Nature more freely once again. We long to be outside and be one with the renewal, hope and new energy. We too want to bloom forth beautifully, stand colourful and proud as we announce our joyful, grateful presence on patios, boardwalks, garden paths and balconies.
Maria Vittoria Albani, creative director of Ornella Bijoux based in Milan, is here to help us communicate our beauty and uniqueness at the arrival of primavera. Look only once at her collection and see how creatures of the wild inspire and nurture her mind’s eye, feed her imagination, and bring out the best in this artist.
In this new capsule, she immortalises flowers and insects in their perfect harmony with the universe. Each piece pays homage to wondrous living things and carries its own fable of splendour, joy, beauty and love. The ancient Egypt scarab beetle represents the daily renewal of the sun. The bee, for the Druids, was a pure spirit of community, brightness and power. The simple daisy a symbol of cheerfulness. And, stars, of course, call us to gaze up hopefully and perhaps even spy a sparkling trail of luck.
theitaliancollection.com and Ornella Bijoux have teamed up to bring you exquisite costume jewellery for spring, or any season, where you’d like to spread colour and joy. So the next time you brush your fingertips across your dresses, skirts, shirts and trousers, visualise how splendid that white shirt or pretty dress could be matched to a whimsical creature or blossom by the venerable artisan Maria Vittoria Albani.