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Written by Susan Michals

Ornella Iannuzzi  is  an  award-winning  London-based  jewellery  designer, creating mainly  one-of-a-kind  pieces  of  high  end  jewelry. Using a wide range of natural and previous materials, her work is characterized by harmonious composition of colors and textures, with a certain attraction for the unusual. She creates complex and sculptural eye-catching shapes that appear to have occurred naturally. Unusual settings are her forte and each suits  the  featured  stone,  which can be  cut,  rough,  or hand-carved free form.  Ornella’s  style  is  highly  distinctive  &  powerful  and  it  combines  the  souls  of  high  fashion  and  avant-garde  into  incredibly  adventurous pieces  that  are  decidedly  dramatic  and  enigmatic.  Her  work  challenges preconception of jewellery, crossing the boundaries between artwork and adornment. Most recently she showed her designs stateside, at jeweler Stephen Webster‘s store on Rodeo Drive. Destination Luxury caught up with her on what turned out to be her first ever trip to Los Angeles and talked all about her personal TOP FIVE.

1. When I visit Geneva, I have to eat at the restaurant of the Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives. This stunning architecture has a location equal to none, in the middle of a fabulous park and with an incredible view on the Lac Léman. The menu offers great varieties with local products as well!  Luxe, calme et volupté…just few minutes away from the town center.


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2. In Paris, the first place to stop on my list is the Russian Café Pouchkine. Situated on the ground floor of Printemps, it is the ideal place to stop for the most delicious patisserie in town before going shopping on the various floors! I am always fascinated by the amazing amount of choice, the design and the colors of the patisserie, without talking about the taste! Such treats put you in the perfect mood for shopping, and you can then stop at the restaurant below the coupole on the top floor for a meal to recover from shopping in a fantastic Art Nouveau scenery.

Pâtisseries at Pouchkine Café

3. I recently stopped at Spago during my stay in LA.  The drinks looked as good as they tasted and the food was outstanding. The restaurant was very stylish and the service excellent. Definitely a must-stop for whomever is staying in Beverly Hills. On my list for my next visit for sure!

 

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4. My favorite design I’ve create thus far is a ring called Axum and it reflects the architecture of Axum city in Ethiopia. I traveled there in 2010 to source the Wello opals and I completely fall in love with the country! So I decided to make my whole collection based on my travel and called it “Lucy in Wonderland” – Lucy being the first hominid found in Hadar in 1974 and “in Wonderland” because I felt like Alice everyday of my stay.

Ring AXUM

5.  Goldsmiths’ Fair is the most prestigious jewelery show in Europe, taking place in London in autumn. If you like authentic jewelry with the highest standard of craftsmanship and originality, you must book your ticket now to visit. Located at the Goldsmiths’ Hall next to St Paul Cathedral, the venue is simply magnificent, the food served during the show is succulent, the jewelry is truly awe inspiring.

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For more on Ornella Iannuzzi and to check out her latest collection, you can visit her website here.