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January 28th, 2011

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Italian High Fashion Jewelry

Images of love, passion and a libertine way of living come to mind when thinking of Italian high fashion jewelry. The universal love of jewelry reflects the emotions of life and love itself. Although many things change, the allure of Italian high fashion jewelry and our passions endures.

The connection between love and jewelry as an expression of this intense emotion dates back as far as the craft of jewelry making itself.  Historically jewelry was used as a means of communication and many of the most famous creations were gifted between lovers.  Jewelry has been used as the medium to convey sentiments of desire, love and affection in times when speaking words alone were not enough or when the words could not be said.  Even today, the sensuous curves and the graceful designs of Italian high fashion jewelry in necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings are often used to remember a passionate moment.

There was a time when jewelry exchanged between lovers did more than express their feelings; some of the beautiful pieces were created as amulets or talismans.  During medieval times, jewelry was used to validate the identity or status of a person; ensuring safe passage for lovers en route to a rendezvous. Jewelry has been given as a symbol of desire: as a prelude to seduction beautiful jewels have often made the invitation to pleasure impossible to resist.

Italian high fashion jewelry or “couture” jewelry is crafted from the finest precious metals and gemstones; platinum, gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies owes much of its elegance to these classical origins. More than one modern designer has been inspired by the jewelry worn by royalty at court.

But those of royal birth are not the only ones who have enjoyed the pleasure of wearing the most beautiful jewelry. When the subject is Italian high fashion jewelry, the name is Bulgari, founded by Soutirios a Greek man from a family of silversmiths who despite his humble beginnings has become Italy's most famous name in jewelry.

From their first store in 1905 on Via Condotti to locations around the world, these artisans have created jewels that have been worn by world famous actresses such as the late Princess Grace and Audrey Hepburn, along with Elizabeth Taylor. At this year’s Oscar Award ceremony, a vintage Bulgari necklace adorned the neckline of a Vera Wang dress worn by Keira Knightly, who starred in the film “Pride and Prejudice.”

But more often than not, at the root of why we appreciate Italian high fashion jewelry is for love expressed in the craftsmanship and professional attention to detail. Beyond the fact that the jewelry production standards are the highest in the world, the connection between love of country and love of art combine beautifully to produce exquisite creations.

This tradition continues today with Italian high fashion jewelry being crafted by many designers to reflect a libertine sexual expression for men and women, such as the serpentine designs from DiMurano which displays the artistry of combining the Venetian centuries old technique of Murano blown glass with superfine 14 carat vermeil gold to create stunning and exotic look that is truly unique. Along with classic designs lovers of finely crafted jewelry will find bold, distinctive designs with an accent on sensuality. When the motive is to impress the person you love, the beauty of these exquisite pieces is sure to inspire a passionate embrace and loving kiss.

As a gift to treasure, it would be difficult to imagine one that can compare: Italian high fashion jewelry delights the eye and stimulates the senses, a subtle reminder of our passion for love and life.

About the Author

Suneva is a part-time copywriter for Blue Fuss featuring Italian high fashion jewelry and luxury fashion jewelry.

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