Squash Blossom hosts trunk show in Vail Sunday through Dec. 29 | VailDaily.com

Squash Blossom hosts trunk show in Vail Sunday through Dec. 29

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado – Rettore jewelry, designed by Frederica Rettore, is known for its eclectic look. Rettore couples the unusual with the precious in her designs, integrating unusual arrangements of materials like gemstones, precious woods, corals and metals together. The Squash Blossom in Vail will host a trunk show featuring her jewelry Sunday through Dec. 29.

After graduating with a strong background in sculpture, Rettore apprenticed under some of Italy’s most notable jewelry houses. Since 1994, she has created her own line of fine jewelry, as well as heading the jewelry design team for Gucci from 2005 to 2008. Rettore believes her jewelry is “a small sculpture to wear, and never take off,” she said.

Rettore creates large cuff bracelets with carved horn from the Zebu Ox. Various shades of horn, from pale creams to caramels and jet blacks, are accented with natural colored diamonds, agates and treated steel.

“I love horn because it’s a natural material with unique colors and shades recalling modern abstract painting,” she said.

Rettore’s newest collection includes hand-carved ebony wood, which she said is “lightweight, comfortable and glamorous.” The links are all continuously hand-carved from one piece of wood. Though surprisingly lightweight, the ebony pieces make a strong statement because of its size and dark, rich color.

“We at the Squash Blossom were so excited to encounter Frederica’s jewelry,” said Amy Logan, manager of The Squash Blossom. “Her jewelry certainly has a wow factor but at the same time, is elegant and feminine. Standouts in the collection are her large cuff bracelets highlighted with rose cut and brown ‘rice’ diamonds, slab rose-cut diamond chandelier earrings and oversize sculptural cocktail rings.”

Find your own Rettore treasure at The Squash Blossom in Vail. Call 970-476-3129 to learn more.

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