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Sisters Nicole and Kim Carosella of Sorellina took inspiration from the extravagant shape of Neoclassical chandeliers for their ornate ‘Otto’ collection. The designs are strong yet feminine - the angular ‘Otto Ray’ drop earrings are fashioned from oxidized silver and 18ct yellow gold, with mother of pearl stones at the posts. There are also hexagonal shaped gold bracelets studded with diamonds, and cuffs crafted from a lattice of hexagons in blackened gold, which sparkle with pavé diamonds.
Life & Arts
For Nicole, the love affair with jewellery began during her most formative years, at a time when she says that her mother's sparkling jewellery would mesmerize her and lull her to sleep. After studying fine arts and photography at The University of Southern California, Nicole eventually reignited her passion for jewellery, studying its design at FIT in New York. Kim, meanwhile, studied art history at Tulane University in New Orleans and then moved to Florence. And when the sisters joined forces to launch the collection in New York in 2012, it was their mother's jewellery that provided their touchstone - for their first collection, the duo melted down her Eighties pieces to reimagine them as new designs. And today, recycling or repurposing old fine jewellery pieces is something that the sisters often undertake. “I love it when a client brings me her mother’s or grandmother’s diamonds and I can design a ring that suits her personality,” notes Nicole.
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