Virginia Necklace


A rich purple-burl and gold necklace - Lovingly hand-made in Italy.

This necklace pays homage to the Tuscan noblewoman Virginia Oldoini, whose affair with Napoleon to this day has afforded her an undeserving reputation. To remedy this pitfall, we strive to honour and remember Oldioni as one of the first active female diplomats in Italy. Married in 1854 to Count Francesco Verasis di Castiglione, a courtier at King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia-Piedmont’s court in Turin, she possessed an undeniable charm and sharp wit. The Italian prime minister the Count di Cavour, understood the political possibilities of such a captivating woman and sent her on an ambassador’s mission to Paris in February 1856. Oldoini quickly won the heart of the French court of Napoleon III, upon whom she exercised considerable influence, many alleged due to her status as his mistress. In Paris her clever politicking contributed to important diplomatic accomplishments. Suffering, like many women, the fate of historical erasion, her precise political impact remains obscure as her diplomatic correspondence is believed to have been purposely destroyed. 

Virginia Necklace

Hand-made, in Italy.

Weight – circa 145g

Circumference – circa 65cm

Italian resin. Galvanized gold 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. 


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