I grew up in a family where special moments were celebrated with jewelry. After my sister and I got our ears pierced when we each turned 11, our Mom began gifting us fine jewelry for birthdays, Christmases, and sometimes Easter. I learned fairly early on that costume jewelry doesn’t compare to pearls, silver, gold, or diamonds – i.e. the real thing. Our Mom taught us to view jewelry as treasured pieces that are meant to last forever, and as I’ve developed my own aesthetic I’ve come to favor fine jewelry that is handmade. With handmade jewelry I am able to see the hand of the maker and the ‘imperfections’ that show the piece is one-of-a-kind, which for me, makes it all the more special.
For those who also appreciate handcrafted pieces, there is a new destination on the web for luxurious Italian handmade jewelry: called CAPOLAVORI. Italian for “masterpiece,” Capolavori features a beautifully curated collection of jewelry, home décor, fine art, and personal accessories. All items list their “maestro,” or maker, the handcraft technique used, materials used, and the lead-time for made-to-order custom production. A bonus of CAPOLAVORI is that returns are always free, and that shipping to the United States is also free with site registration and the promotional code FREESHIPPING.
Today, in collaboration with CAPOLAVORI, I’ve put together 10 handmade jewelry pieces to invest in, each a masterpiece in their own right. Browse through and let me know which one you would invest in first.