Federica Rettore creates jewelry that couples the unusual with the precious. After graduating with a strong background in sculpture, she apprenticed under some of Italy's most notable jewelry houses.
She'll attend an artist reception at The Squash Blossom in Vail on Friday for the line's spring trunk show.
"We are thrilled that Federica came from Italy to Vail to debut her spring collection," said Amy Logan, manager of The Squash Blossom. "The (new collection) is all about color. It features both vibrant and soft tones of various gemstones within one piece."
Since 1994, Rettore has created her own line of fine jewelry. She headed the jewelry design team for Gucci from 2005 to 2008. Rettore calls her jewelry "small sculptures to wear, and never take off."
Rettore integrates unusual arrangements of materials like gemstones, precious woods, corals and metals.
"Her jewelry designs continue to have that 'wow' factor but at the same time are timelessly elegant and feminine," Logan said. "I know that she has created some new colorful multi-gemstone rings, but Federica has also created one-of-a-kind pieces especially for this show and we are the first in the world to see them and show them."
Rettore's greatest muse comes from her yearly journeys to the beaches of Sardinia.
"The island of Sardinia is the most special place for my family and me," Rettore said. "My husband, Paolo and daughter, Veronica always look forward to our time on the island. ... We spend many hours of the day on our boat enjoying the rock formations of the sea walls. In the evening, as the sun sets, the sky turns a beautiful shade of gold and red. The stone walls around the sea glow with color. From this island I get much inspiration for my jewelry."
Rettore creates large cuff bracelets, oversized rings of steel and rose gold with brightly colored gemstones, lightweight earrings and unique necklaces that are "wearable sculptures," according to Rettore.