Sparkling blue sapphire briolettes, their pointy apexes cleverly anchored on a white gold cuff, create an unusual three-dimensional pattern contrasted by diamond pavé. This jewel and its complementary earrings are part of the Briolette collection from Italian fine jeweller Verdi. Marco Verdi, head of this dynamic family business, says the Briolette collection emphasises the unique combination of refinement, modernity, and fun in jewellery.
WHITE GOLD BRACELETS AND EARRINGS WITH DIAMONDS AND BLUE SAPPHIRE BRIOLETTES
Established in the 1970s by Verdi’s father, Guiseppe Verdi, the company has grown over the years. Colour has always been at the heart of the brand, and Verdi enjoys combining different gemstones and colours in unusual ways. Among the best sellers in his pieces is a rose gold dome ring with a large carved turquoise as the centre piece, complemented by two deep blue sapphire cabochons, onyx inlays, and pavé diamonds. “Clients associate Verdi jewellery with colours, and they expect unusual colour combinations in their jewels,” shares Verdi.
ROSE GOLD DOME RING WITH DIAMONDS, BLUE SAPPHIRES, ONYX AND TURQUOISE
ROSE GOLD EARRINGS WITH DIAMONDS, RED CORAL, ONYX AND EMERALDS
ROSE GOLD BRACELETS WITH DIAMONDS, RED CORAL, TURQUOISE, WHITE AGATE, RUBELLITE, BLUE TOPAZ AND PERIDOT
Case in point: the set of elegant, colourful bracelets with red corals contrasted by various gemstones in different shades and colours. The colours are combined in a painterly manner by the soft palette of rose gold, Verdi’s preferred metal for its “refinement and soft appearance.”
THREE-COLOUR GOLD BRACELETS AND RINGS WITH DIAMONDS
Verdi explains that a typical piece goes through a long journey from the initial sketch to the final product. “The design team produces sketches for a range of collections. We then approve the sketches to be worked into final designs with technical specifications, which are then presented to our goldsmiths who create the finished pieces,” shares Verdi. “We use the latest computer techniques to create the first samples, but all pieces are hand-made at our workshop in Valenza.”
Most often, the company hunts for the perfect gemstones to fit the design. Other times, especially for one-of- a-kind pieces, the jewel is created around the gemstone.
This article was originally published in Solitaire 90, The Colours Edition.