Maria Vittoria Albani, creative director of Ornella Bijoux hails from Milan where iconic brands have come to be, where the espresso is always good and where masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper hold sway.
It is against this highly celebrated backdrop that our talented artisan holds her own, making precious jewellery like her scarab beetle ring that beckons a second look.
Privately, we like to say that Maria Vittoria is a style maker; she is less inclined to agree for she is a humble person at heart. She prefers … maker of beautiful objects that stir the heart, encourage spontaneity and invite play.
Her scarab-themed ring handmade in Italy embodies all of these attributes. Imbued with eternal appeal, just like its ancient Egyptian ancestor, it pops day or night, rain or shine, eager to add a dash of élan to whatever your dress code may be.
About the Designer
In the heart of Milan, a small studio founded in 1944 is where Maria Vittoria Albani, creative director of Ornella Bijoux makes splendidly unusual costume jewellery. Petite, elegant, and with a disarming smile Maria’s many creations speak to traditions, as well to that remarkable Italian style synonymous with whispering design and an understated elegance to which we willingly succumb.
Made by hand in a plethora of materials – ceramics, woods, gold or silver painted bronze, enamelled metals, resins, sparkling crystals, Venetian glass, and semi-precious stones – every single necklace, bracelet, ring, and pair of earrings is shaped via meticulous craftsmanship using techniques and methods ordained by the “haute couture” of artisanal jewellers.
Informed by the surreal beauty of Mother Nature, and drawn to abstract art and geometric design Ornella Bijoux masters the fine balance between style, fantasy and limitless colour combinations. Fashion’s fickle trends, while taking note of them do not distract Maria Vittoria from her tried and true “recipe” of imbuing every item with that unmistakable original Italian touch giving each a long shelf life. Indeed, every piece that bears the Ornella Bijoux insignia is guaranteed to grow in beauty with the passing of years.