Tuesday, 5 March 2013

A rare POMELLATO vintage bracelet

A couple of years ago, I was invited to a very original dinner to promote women networking in the city of London. It was really well organised and consisted of a small group of people with similar careers. I went thinking that it would be mainly centred around finance and discussions about the crisis and to my surprise it was about very fine jewellery!. It turned out that the dinner was sponsored by Pomellato, a brand that until that day I had categorised more as high street oriented than as Haute Joaillerie. They proved me wrong as we were shown an amazing collection of one of a kind rings completely different to everything else they do, it was their first attempt to fine jewellery, the Pom Pom collection of 40 rings. Each stone had been hand picked for their rarity and a whole cold setting had been designed specially for it... This is how I became interested in learning more about the story of Pomellato. The firm was founded in 1967 by Pino Rabolini in Milan and its introduction of the idea of prey-a-porter jewellery was revolutionary at the time.

The bracelet above is a very rare piece that belongs to one of the first collections of the firm, it is set in engraved gold with clusters of cabochon lapis lazuli; an inexpensive but undoubtedly beautiful piece, and a statement bracelet back in the 60's as well as today. It is being presented by New York antique dealer Robin Katz at the Los Angeles Antique Jewelry an Watch Show on March 22-24th.