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Exquisite Michele della Valle jewellery

Michele della Valle jewellery

Tinkerbell brooch White gold, diamonds, turquoise. Sotheby’s auction. Tinkerbell – a symbol of fidelity, love and good beginnings. Michele della Valle jewellery

Michele della Valle jewellery

Geneva-based jewellery designer Michele della Valle has developed his distinctive style and became one of the most sought-after contemporary jewelers in the world. Created by him jewellery gallery features Nureyev and the ballet, Hollywood stars from Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn to James Dean and Italian opera singers. Michele was born in Rome, and began designing costume jewellery at the age of 16. During his trip to Burma in 1976, Michele purchased his first stone which he showed to the famous stone dealer Roger Varenne. The last suggested to take the gem to Christie’s. In 1976, he worked for a year in Rome, where he later opened his own workshop (1978). In search of precious stones, he started traveling to Asia. This was the beginning of a collaboration with Bulgari. In 1987, he moved to Geneva and developed a line of jewellery which now bears his name.

18 karat gold, colored diamond and ruby snake jewel, Michele Della Valle

18 karat gold, colored diamond and ruby snake jewel, Michele della Valle jewellery

Still a rarefied name in the world of jewellery, a destination jeweler, della Valle lives and works in Geneva, where he presents ideas and designs to clients in his appointment-only studio. The finished jewel can then be commissioned and meticulously handmade by the sixteen highly skilled craftsmen in della Valle’s atelier in Rome.

A pair of chalcedony and diamond Jellyfish ear clips, sold at Sotheby's in 2013. Michele della Valle jewellery

A pair of chalcedony and diamond Jellyfish ear clips, sold at Sotheby’s in 2013

He reinterprets classic jewellery iconography – soft, silky, light feathers and ethereal flowers. Nature remains his greatest inspiration. In Tahiti he was captivated by jewels made of fresh flowers, pearls and shells. “Jewels to last for one night only: the ultimate in luxury.” According to the jeweler, in India, colors, and saris, fruit and vegetable left him breathless. “In India, inspiration is everywhere, you need only open your eyes and your heart.”

Detail of Anemone necklace. Michele della Valle

Detail of Anemone necklace

Michele della Valle states, – “I don’t understand how a jewel can be created without the magic of a trip to India or to the Far East in search of stones. The stones give birth to the design, and not the other way around.” In his designs, Della Valle combines musicality with color, line and rhythm. Such approach comes from della Valle’s personal passion for opera and his own early training as a dramatic tenor.

Brooch Rose. Titan, rubies (about 5,000 pieces weighing 300 carats). Christie's auction

Rose brooch. Titan, rubies (about 5,000 pieces weighing 300 carats). Christie’s auction

Michele della Valle jewellery

Detail of Anemone necklace. Michele della Valle

Anemone necklace

Gold Mimosa Brooch. Diamonds, tsavorite. Christie’s auction

Gold Mimosa Brooch. Diamonds, tsavorite. Christie’s auction

Mimosa Earrings. Gold, diamonds, tsavorite. Christie’s auction

Mimosa Earrings. Gold, diamonds, tsavorite. Christie’s auction

Amethysts, emeralds, diamonds, detail

Amethysts, emeralds, diamonds, detail of Purple necklace

Purple necklace. Michele della Valle. Amethysts, emeralds, diamonds

Purple necklace. Michele della Valle. Amethysts, emeralds, diamonds

Bird’s nest. Nature inspired Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Bird’s nest. Nature inspired Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Tulips in a vase brooch. Michele della Valle jewellery

Tulips in a vase brooch. Michele della Valle jewellery

Exquisite Michele della Valle jewellery

Exquisite Michele della Valle jewellery

Black rose brooch. Michele della Valle jewellery

Black rose brooch. Michele della Valle jewellery

Poppies brooch. Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Poppies brooch. Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Sakura brooch. Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Sakura brooch. Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Feather. Nature inspired Jewellery by Michele della Valle

Feather

Italian jewelry designer Michele della Valle

Italian jewelry designer Michele della Valle

Zebra mother with a baby. Diamonds. Michele Della Valle brooch

Zebra mother with a baby brooch. Diamonds

Leaf Brooch. 2000. The naturalistic style design with Indian ornaments; used Burmese rubies, cultured pearls, amethysts and diamonds

Leaf Brooch. 2000. The naturalistic style design with Indian ornaments; used Burmese rubies, cultured pearls, amethysts and diamonds

A collection of brooches with precious stones. 2000. The underwater world has become a source of inspiration for brooches. All of them - framed in oxidized silver

A collection of brooches with precious stones. 2000. The underwater world has become a source of inspiration for brooches. All of them – framed in oxidized silver

Red, green and white tulip shades realistically conveyed with rubies, garnets and diamonds. 2000

Red, green and white tulip shades realistically conveyed with rubies, garnets and diamonds. 2000

sources:
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