It takes a person with passion, and oodles of imagination to confer sublime beauty to so simple a pair of earrings. Suffice it to say, the lady who made them is as stylish and gracious as her creation.
Her Milanese roots are a source of pride too; as is her role as torchbearer for Ornella Bijoux, the historic workshop where it all began in 1994.
A costume jeweller par excellence, Maria Vittoria Albani stayed true to the art of making by hand earning her the accolade of being one of the finest in the land.
With these petal-motif earrings Maria shows off her skill, performing an act of love using all the tools in her arsenal, manual and spiritual to bring an object, dear to her heart, to life.
The result speaks for itself – understated elegance that by its very nature is a jewel lending credence to the saying that “less is indeed more”.
In our view Maria’s “Due Petali” earrings for pierced ears are a must have.
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.