18 January 2018

Francesca Villa's treasured finds

Italian designer Francesca Villa integrates lead soldiers, American casino tokens, buttons, labels, daguerreotypes, etc. into her contemporary mounts. Either alone or in association with each other, these treasures illuminated by precious stones form intriguing jewellery creations. Villa attributes this recurrent theme to the influence of her great-grandfather Nino. A ship’s captain, he brought back a thousand little memories from each voyage.

  • Francesca Villa - "Dire, Fare, Baciare" bracelet in gold, diamonds, 1800's daguerreotypes, poem by Emily Dickinson

  • Francesca Villa - "Adesso Basta!" necklace in gold, amethysts, rubies... and vintage pieces

  • Francesca Villa - "About Annie" bracelet in gold, enamel, diamonds and American vintage button showing Little Orphan Annie

  • Francesca Villa - "Money Go Round" bracelet in gold with hand-painted chip from the mid-19th century

  • Francesca Villa - "Joie de Vivre" necklace in gold, gemstones and adorned with a vintage tin soldier statuette

  • Francesca Villa - Unique bracelet in gold made with vintage pieces

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