Jewelry designer Federica Rettore’s work in trunk show at Squash Blossom |

Jewelry designer Federica Rettore’s work in trunk show at Squash Blossom

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What: Federica Rettore trunk show.

When: Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19; store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Squash Blossom, 198 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.

Cost: Admission is free; jewelry available for purchase.

More information: Call 970-476-3129, or visit

VAIL — Italian designer Federica Rettore does not find interest in making jewelry that is traditional or cute. Rather, she is passionate about transforming her life experiences into wearable sculptures. This philosophy explains her style and her pieces, which clearly reflect the world around her.

Rettore has a background in sculpture and considers each piece of jewelry a “small sculpture to wear and never take off.” Her cuffs, especially, made of Zebu horn, are pieces of art that set Rettore apart from other designers.

“Each has it’s own story,” she said. “And for those who wear these cuffs, too. Due to nuances in the natural horn patterns, each piece is one of a kind, and so each customer has a piece like no other.”

Many of her pieces may look similar but have variations in the stones or other materials used. She is known for heat-treating steel and shaping it into pieces inspired by nature, including mollusk shells and peach pits. The ocean, in particular, inspires her.

“Most of the items I produce are one-of-a-kind items that I design with passion; every item reflects a piece of my soul,” she said.

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‘Sound of the Sea’

Rettore spends every August with her family on the island of Sardinia. Here, she draws inspiration from natural materials such as coral, sea-worn rock and mollusks.

“We spend many hours of the day on our boat enjoying the rock formations of the sea walls,” she said. “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.”

As a jewelry designer, Rettore aims to do more than make jewelry that’s merely fashionable or pretty.

“How can we frame the sound of the sea? How can we tie to the finger the joy of living?” she asked. “Or how can we … make out of each jewel a perfect match with art and nature?”

These deeper questions lead Rettore to create elegant, original pieces that women can treasure their entire lives. The trunk show at the Squash Blossom in Vail Village today and Sunday will feature many of the designer’s new pieces.

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