|Ornella Iannuzzi – inspired by Nature and Alchemy|
Born in the French Alps in 1983, Ornella’s passion for jewellery started while studying applied arts & fine arts at the Lycée Montplaisir in Valence (1999-2002).
Her fascination for René Lalique’s work, during a study of the Art Nouveau period, confirmed her involvement in jewellery.
She went to the Lycee Jean Guéhenno in St Amand-Montrond where she received a solid foundation in technical skills, crafts and design (2003-2005).
After completing her Certificate of Professional Aptitude, as well as her BA (CAP & DMA - art du bijou et du joyau) she worked as a designer in the legendary Parisian jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels.
While working for Van Cleef & Arpels, she met an alumnus student of the Royal College of Art, in London, who encouraged her to apply for a Master’s course in the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery department.
She graduated from the Royal College of Art in June 2007 and a few months later set up her own business, with the Belhouse Foundation Award, at Cockpit Arts in London.
Since then, Ornella has been making a big impact in the London jewellery scene, collecting awards and receiving attention from the media, the public and industry.
Inspired by Nature and Alchemy, Ornella’s jewellery is formed through a number of experimental approaches.
She is fascinated by growth patterns within the natural environment and geological formations -- characteristic of the French Alps where she grew up.
Her passion for the history of earth’s creation and the genesis of life determines her choice of materials.
She combines minerals, which are the compounds from which every living thing is made, with vegetal elements to create unusual eye-catching organic shapes.
Her original one-off pieces are meticulously hand-carved and have a strong sculptural aspect.
Ornella pays homage to Nature through her jewellery, using only materials from sustainable sources.
In doing so she elevates Nature to a precious level and explores its vulnerability, questioning the impact of man's activities on the environment. Her work is a poetic reunification of mankind and Nature and offers a symbolic message of life.
Ornella had a great start to 2009 – she was the The Gold & GIA Winner in the International Jewellery London (IJL) Special Award category at the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards in March 2009.