There’s something deeply personal about adding a new piece of jewelry to your collection, especially if you’re looking for something that will last for a lifetime and could even be passed down to future generations. You may feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of big-name and up-and-coming brands with chic jewelry offerings. (We know—we've been there.) Luckily, we’ve rounded up six Italian jewelry brands with pieces you’ll love for years to come.
What makes Italian jewelry unique is that most brands are headquartered in the gold capital of the world–Vicenza, which is located in northern Italy. This understated town has been the source for jewelry designers around the world to purchase high-quality gold and learn from decades of experience in handcrafting one-of-a-kind pieces. Even when choosing from the crème de la crème of jewelers, there are a few factors to consider when picking a frosty new piece to your stack.
First, you have to decide if you’re looking for trendy or timeless pieces–this will give you a better sense of the price point and material you’re looking for. If you want something to last longer, for instance, options like 14-karat gold may be the better choice as the materials are more durable. You’ll also have to consider the ability to mix and match the piece with the other items you already have in your collection. You'll want to find something that elevates your everyday look, so options with pavé diamonds, solid gold bands, and lightweight materials may be the way to go to add a subtle, yet luxe component to your stack.
Ahead, check out six Italian jewelry brands that you can turn to time and time again for special mementos that will commemorate any upcoming milestones in your life.
Roberto Coin is one of the most commonly known Italian jewelry designers, thanks to his two decades of experience creating timepieces for any personal style preference. The brand is based out of Vicenza and Coin uses the rustic town to provide inspiration for all of his collections. Because of his years of success, he has gained celeb-approval from stars including Oprah (who has the classic double band ring seen below in her daily jewelry stack), Cynthia Ervio, Katie Holmes, and more.
Every piece from Marco Bicego’s collection is handcrafted in the brand’s Trissinio headquarters in Vicenza, meaning that no two pieces are exactly alike. If you’re perusing the site, you’ll notice the balance between everyday staples, such as delicate cigar-inspired bands and simple studs, as well as extravagant pieces that will grab the attention of everyone in the room.
Bottega Veneta is a fashionista favorite beloved for its collection of playful handbags and out-of-the-ordinary footwear. While the brand’s bread and butter is leather accessories, the fashion house also has a wide selection of on-trend and high-end jewelry designs that will make any outfit feel luxurious. For example, take a peek at the spiral hoop earrings below. These earrings were created by the fashion mogul to give the timeless gold hoop a contemporary twist that feels edgy, but can still be worn with any ensemble.
Based out of Milan, Bea Bongiasca is a maximalist’s dream filled with swirls, bright colors, and two-toned styles that add a pop of color to your everyday jewels. Bongiasca designs her collection with the younger generation in mind–so the brand is a great resource for gifts for any college graduates that are just beginning their jewelry collection. Below, admire the quirky variations from the brand. If you’re looking to add a necklace to your stack for summertime, opt for the multi-beaded necklace. It feels subtle thanks to the clear beads, but fun with the primary colors throughout.
Ippolita Rostagno launched her jewelry collection over 20 years ago with pieces inspired by her studies in sculpture and ceramics at the Istituto d’Arte in Florence. Her debut collection had pieces that focused on highlighting the raw materials, showcasing her preference for organic shapes and sculptural forms within the designs. Now, her collection is available to shop worldwide and has a wide array of 18 karat gold pieces covered in pavé diamonds that will radiate amongst your day-to-day jewels.
In 1919, Mario Buccellati opened his first jewelry store in Milan. Today, his collection is one of the oldest jewelry brands still around and is continually being refreshed to feel relevant for modern-day shoppers while remaining true to his earliest designs. The brand is well-known for etched details on 18 karat gold pieces–so make sure to take note of the smallest details on each piece.