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Hailing from the fourth generation of a family of Florentine jewellers, Carolina Bucci continues the family tradition of creating her jewellery by hand in Florence’s goldsmiths’ quarter, where she sits “side by side” with the artisans.
And Carolina’s collections bear the hallmarks of her heritage, taking effects that she finds in her family’s archives and employing them to design jewellery that’s truly distinctive today. Among them is the Florentine Finish, in which gold is beaten with a diamond-tipped tool, to achieve a sparkling, faceted surface, seen on cuff bracelets or bold, gold rings.
Meanwhile Woven, a collection that’s a signature of Carolina’s, spotlights bracelets that are woven from gold chains and silk threads, to create fluid jewellery in a rainbow of precious tones. The bracelets are woven on a loom that dates from Renaissance times, that has been adapted to create works of art on a smaller scale.
Carolina first entered the world of jewellery properly as a teenager, when she began to design some of her own pieces and had them made in her family’s workshops. She went on to study studio arts at Marymount School in New York, followed by jewellery design at the city’s Fashion Institute of Technology. The designer launched her collection in 2003, and opened a flagship boutique on Motcomb Street in 2018, filled with her collections, Italian art, craft and design.
Carolina now lives in London with her husband and two sons, where alongside dreaming up jewellery designs she nurtures her passion for art, with the late painters Howard Hodgkin and Domenico Gnoli among her favourites. Indeed, the designer tells How To Spend It that in another life, she would have been a ceramics painter. “I used to dream of having a shop full of colourful plates and cups, and my own kiln in the back,” she says.
But luckily for her fans – among whom are Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham – Carolina has chosen to work from a distinctly more precious palette, crafting modern jewellery that stands out for its effortless brand of glamour.