Dolce&Gabbana: Alta Gioielleria starringCatherine de Medici

Dolce&Gabbana held a three-day presentation in Florence for theirAlta Gioielleria collection, where Catherine de Medici was the centralpiece.Presented inside Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa MariaNovella, which celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2012, thecollection’s presentation started on Wednesday and the main exhibitwas a golden necklace, at whose centre two golden cherubs carrieda rare crystal scent bottle.

Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, the world’s oldestpharmacy had its first perfume created for Catherine de Medici in1553, who brought ampules of the scent over the Alps when shewent to marry Henry of Valois, the future king of France. A bergamot-based essence named “Acqua della Regina” the perfume continues to be produced today and is known all over the world as Acqua di S.M. Novella.

Dolce and Gabbana’s bottle carries real scent allowing a lady toperfume herself throughout an evening. Like every object in thiscollection, it is a unique piece.“Finally! It’s great to be back. Especially at the centre of the greatestart movement in history, the Renaissance,” enthused StefanoGabbana as he toured the jewellery display inside thestoried pharmacy.Every piece for this collection was made in Dolce&Gabbana’sjewellery studio located in Legnano, west of Milan, a decade ago. “We are lucky enough to work for two genius designers, with great imaginations, and our team love the challenge of producing their elegant and exuberant ideas,” explained Walter Veneruz, the house’s jewellery and watch director.The men’s jewellery was all presented inside a sacristy underneath frescoes of the Passion of Christ and the martyrdom of various saints. The ‘Atlanticus’ watch was a Renaissance inscribed by handwith sketches from Leonardo da Vinci illustrations. Superb Byzantine style cufflinks with rhodolite garnets came in at anentry-level figure of 30,000 euros, while the most expensive watchwas the Ferdinand II, with a face of green jade, done with goldenintarsia, at 595,000 euros. The three-day exhibition continues in the Tuscan capital on Thursdayevening with an alta moda runway show.

By Maria Peftouloglou