Visiting Ornella Bijoux’s bottega is akin to a journey in time, and an opportunity to learn more about what it takes to remain relevant in a modern world. Their veritable treasure trove of necklaces, bracelets, and the like is a testament to them, certainly, but the secret of their endurance is an immense creativity that seems to transcend time and trends.
One such example is Ornella’s bib-style butterfly-motif necklace. She popped out charming us with her “out-of-the-ordinary” existence. She not only conveys exquisite style, and an elegant expression of understatement, but she works magically over time, as day wear or evening wear.
Matched to a shirt, worn with a high neck cashmere sweater, or used as a statement piece to enhance a little black dress, Ornella’s bib necklace attracts eyes and invites conversation. Her unique narrative of a butterfly caught in a spider’s web only to be freed as a brooch gets everyone’s attention too!
You cannot lose with Ornella’s necklace that is a flourish of that all Italian style embraced in romanticism and fantasy.
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.