During its infancy in the 1960’s, Pomellato charted a new course for women’s jewelry — ready-to-wear collections. Its free-spirited tradition has just arrived in Canada.
Years ago, while roaming through Venice, Italy, I came across a jewelry boutique I will never forget. The galloping sound of its name fit the free-spirited look of its rock-candy-coloured jewelry: Pomellato.
Pomellato, named after a rare and elegant breed of horse, was founded in 1967 in Milan. It broke free from tradition early on and was the first in the world to offer ready-to-wear jewelry collections. The newfound ease of prêt-à-porter, combined with Pomellato’s sunny 1960’s designs, made it acceptable for women to buy fine jewelry for themselves for the first time. Before that, most new jewelry came in the form of custom-made gifts from husbands.
Pomellato’s founder, Pino Rabolini, set out to distinguish the brand by creating jewelry that “women will wear everyday, not keep in a safe and just wear on special occasions,” CEO Andrea Morante said in an interview.
Pomellato’s signature ring Nudo, created in 2001, offers an 18k rose gold setting invisibly grasping a single gem, allowing light to flow in and out, leaving the stone dazzling us in its multi-faceted glory. Blue topaz, lemon quartz, amethyst and other Nudos are often worn two or three together on a single finger for effortless glamour. Each item is handmade in Milan and depends on the ancient art of lost-wax casting.
Pomellato’s chains are nearly as iconic as their globe-shaped gems. Morante’s favorite necklace is the Victoria, links made of rose gold and black jet. Only two of their Italian goldsmiths have the skills to fuse the two materials into one. “And women are shocked by how light this chain is. Wearing it, you almost can’t feel it.”
Pomellato is a household name in Europe and, being the 4th best-selling jewelry brand there, ranks near Cartier, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels in sales. But Canadians had yet to find a single boutique here — until now. Pomellato opened their first store in Canada this fall at Vancouver’s Pacific Centre.
“We consider this opening very important to make our Milanese secret more well known,” Morante said. He considers Vancouver a city of “wealth, style and beauty.”