Antonini imbues the toi et moi design with Italian elegance
A classic jewellery form gets a Tuscan twist in the hands of Antonini
Milan-based jewellery brand Antonini cements a century of jewellery expertise in a colourful new fine jewellery collection that takes inspiration from the warm tones of Tuscany.
‘The Renaissance architecture, the nature, the hills and vineyards of Tuscany have inspired this collection,’ says the brand’s art director Sergio Antonini. ‘The stones that I have chosen recall the light blue sky (blue topaz), the green of the hills (the green amethyst) and the brown of the ground (the smoky quartz). Idyllic landscapes.’
It is a tranquillity reflected in the ‘Lucca’ and ‘Troi et Moi’ collections, which riff off both the colour spectrum and proportions, pairing faceted round stones in differing sizes or offering options of how to wear earrings.
‘In this collection, I loved to play with colours, while maintaining the DNA of Antonini Milano, which has simple lines and simple shapes,’ Sergio adds. ‘I’m passionate about architecture and contemporary art, so in our collection you can see geometrical, pure shapes – no decorations, no useless additions. My philosophy is less is more, and I pay a lot of attention to the details in the object.’ He strikes a balance between the generous sizes of the stones and the fluid loops of the gold in the forms themselves, which cut unique graphic silhouettes depending from which angle they are viewed.
For the art director, the challenge lay in imbuing the familiar toi et moi design with the distinctive Antonini identity. For the ‘Troi et Moi’ collection, he says, ‘I played with the proportions between the stones and the stem of the ring, and the colour of the gold that matches with the colour of the stones. I also do this in other collections; I like to work with black rhodium and blue (topaz or sapphires), with rose gold and pink or violet (sapphires or amethyst) and with yellow gold and orange or brown (citrine or smoky quartz).’ §