Milan Fashion Week: The Italian Update

In lieu of Milan Fashion Week, we're focusing on Italians and their signature talent of fine jewelry. From dazzling diamonds to colorful sapphires, you can't go wrong by doing as the Romans do.

1884 Collection

Infusing Italian heritage with modern, stylistic designs, 1884 Collection incorporates ancient Roman coins into each of its pieces. Each coin dates back over 2,000 years, withstanding the test of time as it beckons its wearer to continue its story. Founded by sixth-generation Roman jeweler Alberto Petochi, 1884 Collection draws on the legendary work of the Petochi family, who first opened a jewelry shop in Rome in 1884. The Petochi family continues their traditions today.

BUC

Inspired by the art of jewelry, Cosima Bucarelli changed the course of her career to study goldsmithing from top artisans in Rome and Bangkok. After soaking up their knowledge, she embarked on a jewelry journey all her own. Called BUC, her collection possesses a mystical quality. She channels the dreamy surreal world of the cosmos into her pieces. Using precious metals, gems, pearls and enamels, her jewelry is handcrafted in the same workshops as her mentors. From chakras to protective evil eyes and other fascinating creations of the infinite, her jewelry is as transformative as it is enchanting.

Casato Roma

Federico Gauttieri, the founder and artistic director, states that the mission of Casato is to create jewelry to make a woman feel beautiful. Inspired by women's sensuous quality, Casato combines sophisticated design and personalized style with elegance, glamour and seduction. The brand incorporates the dragonfly, a symbol of self-realization and positive change, into its collection as a recurring motif. Crafted in 18-karat gold with carefully selected diamonds and precious stones, Casato is avant-garde, elegant and supremely feminine.

Francesca Villa

Recognized as a talent early on, Villa developed collections for such heavy hitters as Bulgari and Tiffany. A desire to express her own aesthetic sensibility led her to found her own company in her native Italy. Through her love of travel, she gathers faces, images and flavors that infuse her work with soul. Her jewelry creations unite objects found on her travels with precious materials, bringing two different worlds together in an unexpected and glorious whole. A unique and unrepeatable process, Villa limits her editions to 24, so once they're gone the experience won't ever be available again.