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.

Our Merini pieces are named in honour of Alda Merini, one of Italy’s most prolific poets and writers.

Merini was born in 1931 and embarked on a career as a poet at the young age of sixteen. She rose to became one of the most highly acclaimed poets in Italy, affirmed by her nomination for a Nobel Prize in literature in 1966. Her progressive writing paved the way for a public dialogue in Italy on the subject of mental health and in particular its implications on women. Through her expressive writing, she transformed her experiences with mental health into powerful poems, offering heartfelt insights into her life. Harnessing poetry as a medium to share her moments of angst, fear, solitude and hope, she propelled themes that were neglected and seldom addressed to the forefront of literature. Merini’s bold and introspective poems show how real the struggle with mental health is, and how vital it is to put these experiences into writing in order to better understand it.