This might sound pretentious, but is it so far-fetched to talk about jewelry—the finer stuff—as small pieces of art that you carry with you and exhibit in your own bodily gallery? Ok, it does. However, it might be reasonable to say that the things we choose to adorn our bodies with, like jewelry, do tell a story about who we are or want to be. Then there are those rare pieces or jewelry that tell a story of their own—a story to compliment yours. For such unique treasures, Alighieri is your go-to brand.
Having studied Dante’s “Divine Comedy” at Oxford University, London-based designer Rosh Mahtani got the idea of pouring her new inspiration into a collection of jewelry. As the Italian poet most commonly goes by first name (Madonna of the late Middle Ages?) his last name, Alighieri, was sort of up for grabs. Rosh thus launched the brand that carries his name in 2014, dedicating each piece of jewelry to the 100 poems found in the “Divine Comedy”, infusing them with the same battered, imperfect and melancholic sensibility she found in Dante’s subjects. In his journeys through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, the poet encounters the mythical creatures, scraggy landscapes and terrifying demons that have come to shape the collection’s aesthetics.
All Alighieri’s pieces are made-to-ordered and crafted in their London studios through a process called lost-wax casting. Browsing their collection of modern heirlooms (as they call them), you’ll find earrings made from 24 carat gold-plated bronze with mismatch baroque pearls, and a solid sterling silver bracelet featuring a gold medallion—among many other beautiful things. There are also a few pieces of gold-adorned clothing from a collaboration with Anna Quan up for purchase, and if heading over to the Joseph store, you’ll find one more example of what we’d call a very successful collaboration.
So, if you want to feel Dante’s presence on you, and make his story part of your own (or if you just like really good jewelry!), you should visit the Alighieri store and place your order. The 21 day wait will be worth it.
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