Italian Jewelers Focus on a Summer of Gold

In Italy’s Vicenza district, leading jewelers are bringing the heat with styles that nod to the 1980s and 1990s and colorful accents.

Generations of jewelry fans have relied on the Veneto region in northeastern Italy as a source of high-quality gold chains, link bracelets, hoop earrings and other classic pieces — especially if they’re interested in unbranded “made-in-Italy” baubles at stores like Macy’s or Kay Jewelers, even Costco.

The region’s heart is Vicenza, one of the most famous jewelry centers in the world: According to the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, half of all the gold imported into Italy is used in the manufacturing of jewelry in the city, which is home

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