She has spent a lifetime making artistic costume jewellery in the manner of her mother, and those before her. A consummate artisan Maria Vittoria Albani, the creative director of Ornella Bijoux creates bracelets, necklaces and earrings that are personal in nature in that each piece tells a story of love, beauty and style.
The splendid order of things synonymous with Mother Nature features in many of these stories. Indeed, the natural world sways her, nurturing and feeding her creativity as it did in making the owl-motif bracelet. A gloriously simple, but elegant adornment it pays homage to an intriguing bird whose hoots in the dead of night can either be of comfort or a warning.
Did you know that the owl about which numerous rhymes and poems have been written is also the traditional symbol of wisdom? So wisen up, take the lead and add this precious bracelet handmade in Italy to your collection of jewellery.
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.