The D&G Alta Gioielleria collection merges Byzantine grandeur and Romanesque-Apulian allure in a tribute to the region’s olive trees – with a special treat for the men.

By Debbie Hathway

The Dolce&Gabbana Alta Gioielleria collection that was showcased in Italy recently, highlights Italian artisanal excellence, paying particular tribute to Puglia’s mesmerising beauty. Centuries-old olive groves of the Itria Valley inspired the Alta Gioielleria story by the duo who are undoubtedly Italy’s most stylish ambassadors: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Embellished with emeralds and tsavorites, the new olive leaf-shaped jewellery series is adorned with pavé of different shades and brilliance. The result? Entirely natural – the leaves appear to emit the reflection of the rays of the Apulian sun. Untreated olive-green tourmaline was used throughout the collection and the olives were created from pavé and the illumination technique using black and purple enamel.

The trulli of Alberobello take centre stage, with custom-cut diamonds and other gemstones as the starting point for a sketch that guides precise calculations in CAD for perfectly cut gems. Inspired by this ancient building tradition, the D&G craftsmen and women used state-of-the-art 3D modelling and printing technology. Every component has been meticulously crafted with utmost precision and embellished with specialised coatings, skilfully reproducing a stunning glazed appearance.

Diamonds and Paraiba tourmaline are combined in a parure that recreates the trulli, while a trullo ring features a cabochon of Paraiba tourmaline. The intricately engraved pieces emulate the tree bark’s texture, accentuating the esteemed Made in Italy artistry and fashionable elegance of the house. Elaborately delineated elements and ornamental motifs radiate the charm and fascination reminiscent of the Baroque era.

And then came the crosses. While they were billed as something special for the men, we can’t imagine why the girls can’t wear them too. These exquisite unisex cross pendants take inspiration from the architectural heritage of ancient Byzantine churches and the captivating artistic styles influenced by Romanesque-Apulian traditions. Each one gracefully flows with waves of sacred devotion, reflecting the profound cultural legacy of the region. They feature tanzanite, tsavorite, sapphires in different colours, and diamonds, highlighting enchanting Baroque motifs and harmoniously arranged gemstones reminiscent of the mesmerising sunsets at Pettolecchia La Fortezza.

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