second generation goldsmith, Nanis Italian Jewels designer, Laura Bicego, grew up immersed in fine jewelry and the legendary traditions of Italian high design. In 1990, Laura struck out on her own to launch Nanis Italian Jewels with a focus on satisfying the nuanced and fluctuating needs of contemporary women. Her elegant and sophisticated pieces are the perfect medium for personal expression, and the versatility inherent in the work is a testament to the complexities embodied by the women who are drawn to collect her jewelry.
Her elegant and sophisticated pieces are the perfect medium for personal expression, and the versatility inherent in the work is a testament to the complexities embodied by the women who are drawn to collect her jewelry.
For over 30 years, Laura has been a trailblazer for establishing movements in jewelry that are now considered de rigueur. Her iconic Transformista collection is as relevant and innovative today as it was when she introduced it into her line three decades ago.
With a simple touch, as the brand states, “almost by magic,” these pieces change form, from bracelet to necklace, from casual to luxurious. This commitment to versatility is a core tenet of the brand’s ethos and reflects Laura’s profound ability to understand how women move through the world.
The signature Boule also sets the stage for a number of brand offerings. Described by Laura as “unusual gold pearls,” these carved gold elements feature the hand-engraving for which Nanis Italian Jewels is celebrated, creating a texture that is essentially carved into the gold, giving a sense of permanence to the jewelry while also evoking a sweet sensuality.
Incorporated into collections such as Ciliegine and Ivy, the Boule mimic the graceful curves and undulations of natural pearls with a luster that seems to emanate from within.
Laura believes that fine jewelry should be worn and enjoyed every day, and not just reserved for special occasions. With each piece she creates, Laura is intent on the jewelry adapting to the wearer, and not the other way around. Her Reverse collection is another example that illustrates this philosophy.
With a proprietary mechanism, rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and cuff bracelets can be quickly transformed to reveal two different sides. Crafted in 18k yellow gold and featuring diamonds and natural gemstones such as sapphires, rubies and Australian opals, the pieces have the ability to showcase different sides of a woman’s personality.
While she is an avid traveler and garners inspiration in varied surroundings, Laura takes a hands-on approach to manufacturing. Working closely with her dedicated team of Italian master craftspeople, she ensures that each component of her work is handmade to her exacting specifications.
Drawing on skills passed down from generation to generation and honed to reflect the brand’s particular DNA, these artisans demonstrate a level of precision that define the reputation for excellence that defines the collection.