Alighieri is a collection of jewellery inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’; each piece corresponding to one of the poet’s 100 poems. As the pilgrim journeys through the realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, he encounters mythical creatures, scraggy landscapes, and terrifying demons. Inspired by his odyssey, the designer Rosh Mahtani imagines these characters in gold, wrapped around her neck, and weaving their way through her fingers, as she reads. We love the ideas behind this jewellery and that it's bang on trend with large semi precious stones and light yet overarching gold holding them all together. It's going onto our 2015 things to watch list for sure.
London-based, Rosh Mahtani studied French and Italian at Oxford University. Upon graduating in 2012, she was inspired to create gold jewellery born from the literature she had studied: Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy in particular.She spent two years learning as much as she could about the industry: interning at Harpers Bazaar, as an assistant to fellow designer Estelle Dévé, as a visual merchandiser at AVENUE 32 all the while, dreaming of her collection and creating it by night. With no formal training, and a vehement obsession with the idea of melancholy and imperfection, Alighieri was launched in late 2013.She wanted to create a brand that is firmly rooted in literature and travel that tells a story of whirlwind adventures, battered creatures, scraggy landscapes and passionate mistakes. She is always interested in collaborating with other writers, designers and artists.
The TearDrop Collection
The current collection, The Teardrop collection follows the journey of a traveller-girl; in flight from a non-descript something, in search of an elsewhere. Constantly fidgeting with her rings, attempting new combinations, she often ends up exactly where she began. Each piece is akin to Dante’s characters - battered, imperfect, and a little bit melancholy. Distressed wings have endured battles; evil eyes have been cast; and gilded teardrops are washed up on the shore.
Alighieri Jewellery x SUITCASE Collaboration
Suitcase Magazine and Alighieri Jewellery have teamed up to create a capsule of travel essentials. The three pieces are designed to be the ultimate pieces you need on your adventures. Featuring a St. Christopher's pendant- the patron Saint of travel, to bring you luck and courage; a set of three everyday stacking rings in sterling silver, rose gold, and gold plate; and your knockout meteor ring, for impromptu occasions when on the road. All the pieces are imperfect, slightly weathered from their odysseys, carrying stories and secrets, always in pursuit of the next, with you.
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