Francesca Villa’s Poetic 21st Century Jewels Repurpose Precious Relics From The Past

Embedded with diamonds, colored sapphires and other precious gems, the Italian designer Francesca Villa’s 18-karat gold jewels are enlivened by intriguing artifacts such as miniature antique toy figurines, 19th century carved glass buttons and reverse intaglio carvings sourced in antique shops, flea markets and elsewhere. “Francesca Villa’s collectors and I all love her storytelling as much as the way her jewels breathe new life into small, exquisite found objects from different eras and cultures,” says Valery Demure, founder of the online jewelry site Objetdemotion and the Marylebone, London gallery of the same name, both of which showcase Villa’s jewels. “I find her concepts truly poignant and

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