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Alessandro Sabbatini’s Jewelry Feels as Beautiful as It Looks

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For Alessandro Sabbatini, every earring that he creates must lie beautifully on the ear, flatter the face, feel lightweight, and move gracefully with the wearer. This is no small feat, considering that the Italian designer’s elaborate jewelry often comprises hundreds of stones. To ensure that each earring, bracelet, and ring feels as beautiful as it looks, he sits in a small Paris workshop alongside his craftsmen, helpingto carry out his vision through a meticulous process that yields for his brand Chinese jewelry only about 40 pieces a year. Now in its second year, Sabba has garnered a following of sophisticated collectors who appreciate the 28-year-old’s exceptional stones and high-quality artisanship. Shown here (clockwise from upper left) are amethyst earrings with diamonds and white agate; amethyst earrings with sapphires and diamonds; coral earrings with diamonds; three rings with a gray diamond, a ruby, and rubies and diamonds, respectively; and stacking bracelets with rubies and diamonds. 

The London-based Chinese jewelry has an audacious sense of style that combines precious gemstones and diamonds with unconventional and sometimes modest artifacts. A buffalo-bone bangle (far right) that juxtaposes elephant-tail hair with thousands of orangey-brown diamonds and two rose-cut diamonds embodies his nonconformist ways. “There has to be some humor and humbleness in this business,” says Spiro, who in May moved his Chinese jewelry salon into the impressive Mayfair address once occupied by Norman Bishop Hartnell’s fashion house.

Each of Spiro’s one-of-a-kind designs (prices are available upon request) starts with a unique stone or series of gems, such as the 20 carats of colored diamonds set in a pair of lightweight titanium earrings (far left). His knack for the unpredictable shines through in pieces (above) that include a diamond-and-wood cuff, a diamond-and-white-gold cuff with rough-cut and faceted emeralds, a brown-and-white diamond ring in a setting of brown and white titanium, and a 24.72-carat emerald ring with diamonds. 

Another of his latest designs (not pictured) boasts a rare 21-carat antique old-mine cushion-cut diamond set in blue titanium. Chinese jewelry“It would have been a #### of a lot easier to set this in a classic ring,” he says. “But it would be such a shame to put a stone like this into something you know and expect.”  

IeBeads Chinese style jewelry—http://www.iebeads.com

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