An elegant plunging necklace, made of subtle plum and deep olive-green tablets - Lovingly hand-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.
This extravagant necklace honours one of Art History’s most accomplished artists, Sofonisba Anguissola. Born into a minor Cremonese noble family around 1532, the young Sofonisba, together with her sisters, received a well-rounded education, which included the fine arts, in which she particularly excelled. Her remarkable artistic talent quickly garnered attention and she was sent to train with the Cremonese painter Bernardo Campi. During her apprenticeship she corresponded with none other than Michelangelo, who advised and critiqued her work, which helped to cultivate her skills as a painter. As her career began to flourish, she made a name for herself as a portrait painter. By 1559, her fame as a female portrait painter had spread outside Italy and she was invited to become a lady-in-waiting to Elisabeth of Valois, the wife of King Philip II of Spain. At the Spanish court, Anguissola developed a nuanced and engaging style of portraiture that suited her royal patrons' need for imperial representation, and after the death of Elisabeth of Valois, she entered the services of the King. Overcoming one of the dominant obstacles of her time, she secured a position as a court artist, a role normally reserved only for men. As one of the few women who succeeded in overcoming the complex socio-political obstacles, she forged a successful career as an artist on the European stage. To this day, she is considered as the first female artist of the Renaissance to achieve international fame during her lifetime.
Hand-made, in Italy.
Weight – circa 105g
Circumference – circa 45cm
Italian resin. Galvanized silver lobster clasp. Free from nickel and lead.
All of our jewellery is created by sourcing the highest quality Italian-made beads, and carefully hand-made in Milan. We want the best for you so please see the steps below to best take care of your Pietrasanta jewellery.
The wiring, clasps and studs may tarnish naturally over time - cleaning your jewellery with a lint-free cloth & storing it in a dark spot can avoid this. Avoid contact with perfumes, sprays, cosmetics, creams, humidity and extreme temperatures, as it might damage the resin and metal parts. When travelling with your jewellery, it's a good idea to store it in a rigid box to avoid external pressures from damaging your statement pieces. All of our jewellery comes with a branded pouch and presentation box to help you take the best care of your jewellery.