Madina has always been fascinated
by the flourishing beauty of nature
and expresses it in the majority
of her creations.
Whilst the vivid colours recall the long-awaited spring, the graphic and linear design of the Ali collection becomes an almost symbolic element: gold, silver and brass are meticulously manufactured to lead us through the rediscovery of natural roots of what surrounds us.
In an era in which complexity and pomp are overwhelming the scene, I wanted to pay homage to simplicity that, here, becomes they keynote of all true elegance.
Stars have always fascinated me. I remember as child I would often find myself staring at paintings depicting female figures with dresses sewed with embroidery in the shape of stars. These figures also had elaborate hairstyles enriched with precious stars. Some time ago, while watching Luchino Visconti’s “Senso”, the gorgeous Alida Valli wearing a dreamy 19th century hairstyle, illuminated here and there with precious stars, struck me; and so, the Astri collection was born.
“My Bubble collection is definitely inspired by the Liberty Style: its vivid colours recall the contrasts used during that period, in combinations such as gold with a bright red, bronze with green, and dark, cold and dissolved tones with cherry-like colours. The tiny bubbles too, joined to each other, create spectacular and dynamic geometrical patterns that wave around the wrist as a bracelet, and asymmetrically hang from the lobes as earrings.
Additionally, with the Bubble collection, I would like to share the purpose of that time’s artists to enhance craftmanship, which, in my case, is exclusively performed in Milan’s Cinque Vie.
I believe that the added value of these jewels lies precisely in their finishing, deliberately left semi-polished, so that the work of artisans and goldsmiths is evident and distinctive. Eventually, the brush painted enamel is the final decorative touch that further highlights the artisanship behind all the stages of production.”
The Ivy collection clearly recalls Apollo and Daphne’s myth narrated by the ancient
Greeks, in which the nymph is transformed into a laurel tree. This legend was later
represented in Bernini’s figurative art, whose sculpture was, without a doubt, my greatest
source of inspiration. In particular, Bernini was able to realistically replicate both the
human body and the nature embracing it, highlighting their connection and characteristics.
Similarly, the Ivy collection meticulously reproduces tiny ivy leaves and enamel application on the surface of the jewels further enhances their natural features, conferring a vibrant and colorful attitude to the collection.
I have always had a great passion for botanical gardens and for herbaria: from an early age, I devoted myself to collecting my favorite plants and flowers, carefully drying and pressing them in order to create actual sample books. I therefore wanted to merge my childhood memories together with my passion for nature and my personal concept of beauty throughout the Malva collection, a faithful representation of the organic nature of the plant and the variety of colors in the different seasons.
The first example of the Name Cuff was originally made by my mother for her sister, in 1985, to celebrate an important event in her sister’s life: the birth of her first child. This was so personal that she never wanted it to be a part of her collection. When I joined the brand I decided to rediscover what was in the brand’s archives, and I thought that it was just so beautiful that everyone should have the chance to own one.
The Panzè collection aims at staging the ideal of an eternal flower that survives time without fading, just like romance and remembrance do. The corollas in brass, bronze and silver disguise the vibrant colours of enamels, and the gold variant encompasses a precious diamond in its heart, just as Ophelia hid her words behind the symbol of the flower.
The “Ramo” collection represents nature in its totality: in being a single, great organism that grows and develops. You can see a branch of coral, the arm of a river that branches off into several watercourses, a vine covered in berries or fruits, the magnificence of a shaft that extends vertically and into the depths of the earth and the tiny grains of a leaf. “Ramo” reminds you of the movement of Nature, as seen from above, in the distance, or up close to observe the structure.
Whenever I think about my childhood, I remember the days spent strolling through the rose gardens in the countryside: the unmistakable colours and scents of these flowers, the charm and elegance that they convey in their climbing and branching in every direction.
The Rose Branch collection wants to pay homage to the roses’ gesture of embracing the surfaces that they cover, imaging a rose branch in silver or bronze that gently caresses the neck or the arm. I wanted to faithfully reproduce the true rose shrubs, transforming them into jewels through the lost wax casting technique, emphasizing both the elegance that distinguishes them and the unique imperfection of nature that can be captured only thanks to craftmanship.
What I wish to portray through with my Snake Collection is the way serpents used to be represented in the figurative art, often cloaking branches, or the human body itself, in the form of jewels. This influence is also visible in the choice of materials and colours. The sinuous and sensual shapes of the Snake Collection are all handcrafted using the technique of lost wax casting: bronze, silver and gold are thought to naturally wrap around each part of the body, enhancing the harmony of the feminine curves and highlighting their beauty.