Pietrasanta

Eleonora Necklace

£195

A chunky black and crismon beaded necklace, with an 'opera' neckline - Made in Italy. 

To remember and honour the identities of the women that inspire us and whose stories we wish to celebrate, we have named each piece of jewellery after a female pioneer at the forefront of Italian history.

The name of this necklace is inspired by the Italian poet and revolutionary leader Eleonora de Fonseca Pimentel, who is remembered as a trailblazing yet tragic heroine of the Neapolitan revolution of 1799. Born in 1751 in Rome, Eleonora was an unlikely revolutionary. An erudite woman, she spoke five languages, read Latin and Greek, and was an avid writer of poetry. After her family’s move to Naples and a distressing divorce from her abusive husband, she committed herself to writing and publishing poetry. As her standing as a poet and writer grew she was admitted to several notable Neapolitan literary societies and her repute earned her the praise of fellow writers such as Voltaire. In the 1790s she became involved in the Jacobin movement in Naples that was working to overthrow the Bourbon monarchy in power and to establish a local version of the French Republic. This eventually became a reality in January 1799, albeit only short-lived. Eleonora became an instrumental figure in the Neapolitan Republic and founded its own republican newspaper Il Monitore Napoletano, which she run as Editor-in-Chief. When the royalist forces took back control of Naples, Eleonora was apprehended for her role in the revolution and condemned to death. Following her death, she became a cultural and political icon in Naples as a fearless revolutionary who believed in democratic ideals as well as the improvement of social, economic, and political conditions in Naples.

Eleonora Necklace

Hand-made, in Italy.

Italian resin. Galvanized silver lobster clasp. Free from nickel and lead.

Each Pietrasanta piece is lovingly hand-made in Milan, and crafted using the highest quality materials sourced from Italy. Each item comes in a soft white velvet pouch, and a branded presentation box so that you can safely store your new jewellery.

All Pietrasanta jewellery is completely hypoallergenic – it’s free from lead, copper and nickel, so that you can wear it all day long without any issues.

The jewellery may be: plated in gold; silver 925, galvanized gold or galvanized silver – we would recommend the following steps to ensure your items are not damaged and stay clean. The wiring, clasps and studs may tarnish naturally over time. Tarnishing occurs naturally and to avoid this you may use a lint-free cloth to clean the metals parts of your jewellery. Similarly, as certain parts may bend under pressure, we suggest that the items be stored and transported in rigid boxes to avoid any external pressure compromising the item. If the jewellery does not ‘fall’ as expected, remember not to press down on the item, but try to gently align the pieces to their intended state.

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