Maria Vittoria Albani, creative director of Ornella Bijoux has been the artisan-in-residence for decades relishing each moment she has spent making costume jewellery that speaks for itself.
These finely detailed, butterfly-wing clip-on earrings in gold brass speak for themselves. They speak the language of easy, unfussy, quietly elegant, and versatile.
We picture them on holiday, in the south of France, or on a Caribbean island worn with a flowing kaftan. We also see them adding a little flamboyance to your favourite jeans, jackets and all sorts of casual attire. But, we also love the idea of matching them to something a little more formal, perhaps a little black dress suitable for the opening of the lyrical season at La Scala, or wherever the opera takes you.
Day or night, rain or shine, autumn, winter, summer, spring, Ornella’s unassuming clip-on brass earrings handmade in Italy are a gem and worth adding to the jewellery box.
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.