Maria loves to stroll in her garden every so often stopping to admire her flowers, and taking note of the comings and goings of a small ecosystem that frequently inspires her.
A spiral snail crawling along a lush green ivy leaf clearly captured her imagination enough to spur her on to make a bracelet that is as dreamy as it is a collectible.
Perhaps you did not know that in ancient Egypt the snail with its spiral home represented consciousness and evolution, spiralling out and expanding.
Now it is Maria’s turn to make her costume snail-motif bracelet into an agent of change, and sartorial expansion. And, indeed she has for no matter the occasion Maria’s charming cuff will give new life to your wardrobe.
So take another peek, and imagine the number of times Ornella’s lovely cuff bracelet handmade in Italy will make you standout in the crowd.
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.