She is a consummate artisan, she has a strong artistic streak and her name is Maria Vittoria. A gracious lady in every sense of the word she has dedicated a lifetime to the art of costume jewellery and the traditions of her craft.
Mother Nature’s realm informs much of her work and these primrose beauties are no exception. Interestingly, this delightful early spring bloom comes with scores of different meanings. For instance, in Norse lore it was a sacred flower used in rituals to honour the goddess of love. Later in Victorian England the primrose symbolised an expression of longing, of “I cannot live without you”.
Irrespective of the flower’s meaning it has nurtured our artisan’s imagination spurring her to recreate it in her vision. And this she has done with such flair, careful to replicate its five petals adorning them with a wee bit of sparkle.
Indeed, Maria’s flower-motif earrings pay homage to matters of the heart.
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.