Melanie Payge is guest blogger for this series of insider information you will only get here at Milanostyle.com.
Buccellati: The best of Milan’s Golden Quad
We can all recognize Gucci and Prada, Armani and Valentino, but Via Montenapoleone has a lot more to offer. We are going to discover every secret in the hidden courtyards and distinguished family businesses and showrooms you might not see from the sidewalks.
I’d like to start with one of the most amazing jewelers that “so” deserves to be on Via Montenapoleone. A distinguished Italian family serving Milans’ elite for 100 some years – Buccellati.
I had a brief chat with Luca Buccellati, one for the 4 partners in this family owned business created by Mario Buccellati – Luca’s Great Grandfather.
It is just so amazing in this day and age to walk into a beautiful luxurious boutique and be greeted and served by a handsome and charming gentleman by the name of Buccellati.
Their clients are faithful to the tradition of the Buccellati designs so they are able to continue to grow as a family business and not a multi-national, something quite rare in this day and age.
The jewelry designs are mainly still creations by Gian Maria Buccellati, Luca’s Uncle, who strictly still hand chooses the precious and semi precious stones, although Luca and cousin Andrea do participate on the creative side.
While I was enjoying just being in this luxurious yet classical atmosphere I learned that their signature jewelry contains leaves, all kinds of leaves in all types and colors of gold – my favorite was a pair of earrings with vine leaves and a beautiful batch of red ruby pearls as grapes.
I also learned that Buccellati is known for their silver work and in the back of the store there is a huge display – literally perfect for a gift: wedding, housewarming, anniversary. Tourist? — would be great to take back “Made in Italy” authentic Italian Silver (ps. and it won’t break in your suitcase).
Look out, Buccellati is expanding — 2 shops going up in China, one in Chicago and a new and exciting PoP-up boutique in South Beach this summer.
Article by: Melanie Payge