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This collection is inspired by the love tokens that Prince Albert would present to Queen Victoria during their courtship, and later their marriage. In particular, designers Nicole and Kim Carosella take their cue from the snake engagement ring Albert gave to Victoria, said to symbolise eternal love and wisdom. The Sorellina pieces include a snake motif wound into the shape of a ring, fashioned from blackened silver and 18ct yellow gold, with sapphires for eyes and diamonds on its tail. Elsewhere, delicate snake motifs appear on necklaces, while one snake winds around the arm to create a fabulous diamond-studded gold cuff.
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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