In her musings on life Maria Vittoria Albani of Ornella Bijoux frequently finds solace in her beloved garden immersing herself in its beauty. Likewise, and with Nature as her muse she plays in her realm of coloured beads, fragile shells, sturdy metals and all sorts of humble materials that she uses to create a thing of beauty.
She excels in simple elegance, a theme that she brings to the fore in her frog-motif necklace. That by far and away reflects time spent in her garden captivated by the many creatures in the pond, and the greenery that surrounds it. Out pops a frog, and then another oblivious to her presence, each one going about the business of just being.
Similarly, Maria’s vintage necklace stands on its own; it has no other task than to enrich our lives with its beauty, perfect balance and chic casualness.
You too will fall in love with this handmade frog-motif necklace that speaks so eloquently the language of less is more…
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.