Many creators of fine art jewelry claim that the wonders of nature are the inspiration behind their pieces. The French art designer Ornella Iannuzzi is one such artist that shows her reverent awe for nature in a most unique way.
No frilly flora and fauna are found in Ornella Iannuzzi’s designs. Rather than delicate, ornate miniscule replicas of the natural world, she draws her inspiration from the thundering, erupting and exploding forces of nature.
Ornella Iannuzzi grew up as a child gazing in awe at the magnificent Swiss Alps that dwarfed her body. Her soul, spirit and imagination soared with them. Her one-of-a-kind high-end jewelry features a wide range of precious and natural materials to create a fascinating harmony between color and texture.
Ornella Iannuzzi’s sculptured shapes have a unique eye appeal that gives an illusion of occurring at the moment. They reflect the very formation of the earth that the materials were born of. Her love of the inner earth and geology and mineralogy is dramatically exaggerated in her latest collection. The textures and colors of nature’s art begun billions of years ago shape the pieces into magical talismans.
Becoming especially enthralled with Ethiopian Wello opals, the award-winning jewelry designer went all the way to the land of their origin to fetch the stones for some of her collections and commissioned creations.
Watch lava rise and feel the rumble of the earth with Ornella Iannuzzi’s latest exclusive collection of cuffs, pendants and earrings. The collection features a magnificent cuff of 22 karat gold vermeil with a distinct archeological look. It is studded with deep green emerald crystals.
Demantoid garnet crystals “grow” out of bold gold rings and pendants. A clear aquamarine sits on black tourmaline to create a charred look as the setting in a black rhodium silver ring. Ornella Iannuzzi strives to intertwine the personality of her clients in her commissioned pieces. Her love of Ethiopian Wello is cast in two special rings of 18 karat sculpted in earthy forms called Axum II and Cassiopeia, the latter with a sprinkling of 12 diamonds.