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For centuries people have been enamored with jewelry. It is something inherited, passed down from generation to generation, and in many cultures, is a symbol of love, or prestige. Jewelry is an essential part of every woman’s life and there are many reasons why it is important to own at least one piece of beautiful jewelry. Italeau’s new jewelry range not only fulfills that female desire to possess something unique and beautiful, it completes a total look with style and elegance.
Italian artisans are renowned for being the best in the world, not only in the area of fashion and design, but also in their creation of exquisite handmade jewelry. A piece of Italian-crafted jewelry is more than a simple elegant accessory, it’s a piece of art with a rich legacy, handcrafted since the 14th century by master artisans, in the country’s gold capital, Vicenza.
The best jewelry sold by leading Italian jewelers is made of 18k gold, which makes it more expensive than other gold found around the world. Italian jewelry is made to meet the highest possible quality and design standards. Investing in quality jewelry means investing in timeless and valuable accessories.
Italeau’s jewelry collection comprises a variety of sterling silver and 18k gold-plated Italian earrings - from plain hoops to Swarovski crystal studs, as well as elegant drop earrings and the more modern and industrial circle link dangle earrings. It also offers a range of super feminine necklaces and bracelets made in Italy, some adorned with beautiful charms, others embedded with tiny, sparkling crystals. Your outfit will shine with this ornate finishing touch!
The history of Italian jewelry long stands for its exceptional quality and stunning designs. Handmade Italian jewelry owners cherish each piece as it radiates the love that was put into its creation. From gold necklaces, silver earrings, crystal jewelry and more... The Italian jewelry makers that create them possess skills and knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries – making handcrafted Italian jewelry an art of its own.
Jewelry from Italeau is handcrafted by master artisans in Vicenza, the "city of gold." Widely considered Italy's capital for fine jewelry production since the 14th century. Italeau is able to offer luxury quality at direct to you prices, without the middleman markup. Crafted with the finest Italian gold and silver, you’re sure to be pleased with our large selection of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.
When you shop with Italeau, you are supporting a company that not only prides itself on quality, handmade Italian products... but you are supporting the artisans in Italy who beautifully and meticulously craft every piece of jewelry. We believe that as citizens of the world we have a duty to care for our fellow human beings. As such, we choose to manufacture our product in Italy where craftsmen are fairly paid and protected.
By partnering with organizations that give less fortunate areas access to clean water, we also choose to help those in need. We embrace and support a cohesive world, where we are mindful both in our lives and in the choices that impact the world in which we live. We believe conscious actions and mindful practices can make an impact on the world around us. That is why we are a proud partner of water.org in support of their efforts to bring clean drinking water to the developing world.
Italeau takes pride in its partnerships and socially conscious practices, but also takes pride in its unmatched quality. It all starts with seasoned artisans in the hills of Italy. Embrace the handmade difference.
When shopping for jewelry, it’s important to end up with a quality product that is not only stunning, but well made. Italy is the place for high end and expertly crafted jewelry. For decades, Italian jewelry has established the benchmark for what top-notch jewelry should look and feel like. Jewelers from all corners of the world have taken cues from Italian designers. With a look all its own, jewelry from Italy is sure to stand out. Italian jewelry often has intricate details that make you take a second look. Popular for beautiful geometric designs, Italian styles appear to make light reflect from all directions guaranteeing those “oohs” and “ahhs.”
There are many very cheaply made options you’ll want to avoid when it comes to jewelry chains. When it comes to wanting something that lasts, skip the cheaply made stuff and go with an Italian piece. Nothing compares to the quality and finish of an Italian chain. It truly is something you must wear and feel to believe. The chain is like the backbone of any necklace or bracelet, and nothing beats an Italian handmade chain. Italians have been perfecting metalworking and jewelry-making for centuries, long before the US was even founded! Metal chain-making has its roots in Italy, where trade and metalwork have been an integral part of life for generations. Classically, Italian jewelers work with gold and silver which allow for differing styles and designs.
If that isn’t convincing enough, the Italian government enforces strict quality oversight for Italian made jewelry and that of which is exported. This means that when you invest in Italian jewelry, it is sure to last a lifetime.
While we’ve gone over the benefits of Italian jewelry, let’s discuss exactly what makes it better than the rest and what any setbacks to buying Italian jewelry might be.
Crafted with the finest 18k gold. 18K gold is crafted with 75% pure gold and 25% alloy. Since gold is extremely malleable, it must be combined with another metal to take form for jewelry and be practical for wear. 18K is not only hypoallergenic, but also has the classic rich, Italian quality, look to it.
Coveted by jewelry lovers around the world. Italy is renowned for its beautiful jewelry. For good reason.
Unique and distinguishable designs. Italian designers and jewelers are famous for creative, stunning designs that will have your jaw on the floor.
Embodies elegance and luxury. The skills that Italian jewelry makers possess have been perfected over time as techniques are passed down generationally meaning they have perfected their art and quality.
Durability. While its cheaper made counterparts can kink or chip easily, Italian jewelry will not.
Handcrafted jewelry is made attentively with pride. Not made by a machine, handcrafted jewelry is sure to be made with the utmost attention to detail and quality.
Price point. Often, quality comes with a price tag to match. The difference though is that these pieces will last a lifetime and more, saving you money over time. You will not have to purchase new pieces over and over because of wear or breakage, Italian jewelry really is an investment – worth making.
Not as readily available. Italian jewelry isn’t found at your local grocery and basics store like a cheaper alternative might be. You’ll find Italian jewelry at reputable jewelry shops whether that is in person or online.
The thought of cleaning your jewelry can be overwhelming as you may have no idea where to start. Read on for tips and tricks to keep your jewelry shining without causing any damage.
Cleaning and caring for gold Italian jewelry:
It's important to note that gold is actually considered a soft metal. Protecting your valuable jewelry is strongly recommended when engaging in high-contact sports, as gold jewelry can become dinged, bent, or marred. Additionally, avoid using many cleaning products on gold jewelry, as chlorine bleach and other household products containing abrasive or acidic ingredients can dull the finish. For optimal care, it is recommended to have your necklace professionally cleaned every 6 months. To clean at home, mix 10 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of dish soap and use a jewelry polishing cloth to wipe the necklace down. Once finished, store the necklace in a pouch to avoid entanglement or scratching.
Cleaning and caring for silver Italian jewelry:
When wearing silver jewelry, it's best to put it on after you've finished applying make-up or using perfume and hairspray. When bathing, showering, swimming or relaxing in a hot tub, remove the jewelry to avoid tarnishing. Cleaning with a silver polish and a cloth or ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking powder for 2-3 hours is recommended. Pat dry with a microfiber cloth. Store your silver jewelry individually in a cool dark place when not wearing it.
Cleaning and caring for Crystal Italian jewelry:
Crystals can be somewhat delicate, so care must be taken while cleaning. Baby wipes are gentle enough to use to wipe away the dirt and dust that may have settled on your crystal jewelry. You may use warm water on a cotton pad as well. Avoid harsh detergents and high temperature water. Gentle soap like baby soap, or a jewelry cleaner, may be used to deep clean your crystal jewelry. Using a small circular motion, gently dry and polish your crystal jewelry before storing. If a more intense cleaning is needed, you may use a soft bristle toothbrush. It is recommended to clean your crystal jewelry once a month to maintain its shine.
Handmade Italian jewelry is crafted to last many years. Made with 18k gold, handmade Italian jewelry is more expensive than other gold found around the world due to its superior quality. Buying handmade is Investing in a timeless and valuable accessory crafted by an Italian jeweler and made to meet the highest possible quality and design standards. The skill and time that goes into each item is apparent, making each piece undeniably unique and amazing. While costume jewelry may be more affordable, handmade jewelry is crafted with the finest materials and the attention each piece receives guarantees that it will last for many years. When cared for and cleaned properly, handmade jewelry can be an heirloom piece while remaining just as beautiful for following generations.
A piece of jewelry possesses the ability to completely change the vibe of any outfit. The trick is to choose the right style of jewelry for the look you want, in turn making your outfit more formal or informal. Read on to learn how to style your jewelry around your outfit to suit any occasion.
Dressing your jewelry down: Choose a small pendant necklace for a pop of decadence added to any casual street wear. Layering necklaces can also add some flair to your casual ensemble. Bracelets with added charms or other elements like layers can bring a fun feel to your casual attire. Small, dainty hoop earrings can make you feel beautiful without going overboard, keeping your casual outfit chic. Completely customize your casual look by stacking rings. Avoid rings with large stones or crystals to keep things simple and casual.
Dressing your jewelry up: Larger hoop earrings can take a simple, sleek outfit and make it appear formal-ready. If you prefer a smaller hoop, choose one with stones or crystals set into them for an added air of elegance. Rings of bold proportions can make a statement at your formal event. As with any bold piece, you don’t need to accessorize much more beyond it - making getting ready easy. Necklaces make it easy to dress up in any outfit. Whether you opt for a choker with some simple stones, or a long chain… you’re sure to class-up any ensemble. Avoid graphic elements (stars, hearts, etc.) for your ultra-formal look.
Things to keep in mind when deciding on what jewelry to wear with your outfit whether casual, or formal: When opting for a bold piece, other accompanying accessories should be less dramatic. Stones do not have to match your outfit, pairing a color opposite of your outfit’s color can make your ensemble pop. Bold patterns combined with busy jewelry may be overwhelming, opt for simpler jewelry designs when wearing a loud or busy outfit. Pair your fabric elements to that of your jewelry. Chunky jewelry works amazingly well with chunky sweaters while dainty jewelry goes best with light, airy fabrics.
Italian jewelry has a reputation all its own that entices women and jewelry collectors around the world. It is well known that nothing beats the craftsmanship that comes with handmade Italian jewelry. The pride that artisans take in their creations is apparent in every piece. Fashion in general is deeply ingrained in Italian culture, but it is Italian jewelry that especially has a place in Italy’s traditions. Jewelry is often a gift of choice beginning at a very young age. A Cornicello, or little horn, necklace is often gifted to children. This symbolizes protection and gold Cornicello are commonly seen all around Italy. Italians take pride in their jewelry collections and this love for jewelry in turn shows in the craftsmanship of Italian handmade jewelry. Passion and creativity have been passed down from generation to generation, along with the skill of the artisans themselves. Italians have a famous saying, “La Bella Figura,” which means to put your best foot forward and always present yourself with care - this includes wearing fine jewelry.
As its name implies, handmade jewelry is made with the hands of the artisan or jeweler. No mass-produced manufacturing machinery is used in the soldering, sawing, carving, or shaping of the pieces. An individual can only make a limited number of pieces in the same amount of time, while a machine can produce hundreds of pieces per hour, making handmade crystal jewelry precious and valuable.
Handmade jewelry takes time and passion to create each individual piece. The time put into each design and piece can be days or weeks, which is often reflected not only in its unique beauty but the price tag too. Handmade Italian jewelry is made with careful attention, much love, and superior materials.
When metals are blended to create costume jewelry in mass-produced factories, it's difficult to regulate or even be aware of exactly what alloys are being used. Suppliers of handmade materials tend to have a high level of credibility, assuring that every customer of handmade Italian jewelry is getting exactly what they pay for. When shopping with Italeau, you know you are getting the finest 18K gold and .925 silver. Ethical practices are important in the handmade jewelry world. Collectively dedicated to sustainability and using materials that are ethically sourced, handmade jewelry makers may pay more for the materials they use in production. Due to the ability to control the process from beginning to end, small scale jewelry production is inherently higher quality than its mass-produced counterparts. There is a great deal of pride in the work that makers and artisans send out to the world. Nothing of inferior quality will leave their studio bearing their name.
When purchasing handmade jewelry, there is great joy that comes with knowing that no two pieces are the same. Along with that, you own a special piece that was made with love by a skilled artisan. When shopping Italeau’s selections of handmade jewelry, you can take pride in the fact that you are supporting Italian artisans that are paid a fair wage to produce precious pieces using the skills that have passed on for generations. Our pieces are handcrafted by master artisans in Vicenza, “The City of Gold.” Vicenza is known for being Italy’s capital for fine jewelry production since the 14th century.
When deciding what color jewelry will best compliment you, it is important to understand tones – both your tones and the tones in your jewelry. If you are unsure of what your skin tone is, take a look at your veins. If your veins are blue, you likely have a cool skin tone. Cool skin tones are often paired with naturally blonde, dark brown or black hair. You have a warm skin tone if your veins appear more green. This would be common with naturally red or light blonde hair. Your skin tone is likely neutral if you cannot distinguish between blue or green veins. With a neutral skin tone, you will not possess any obvious olive, espresso or redness in your skin coloring. Neutral toned skin can often fall into the “cool toned” category.
Now that we have learned how to differentiate skin tones, consider the following regarding your hair color and skin tone.
Jewelry that compliments warm tones: Yellow gold or copper best compliment warmer tones, while crystal colors that look best with warm tones would be yellow, orange and green.
Jewelry that compliments cool tones: White metals such as silver or white gold best compliment cooler tones, and cool tones look best with purple, red, or blue stones
Jewelry often falls into two categories regarding style: trending or classic.
Some classic pieces would include gold chains, hoop earrings, stud earrings, pearl earrings, and diamond rings. All of these pieces have stood the test of time and will likely not be going out of style anytime soon, if ever. Just because something is classic, does not mean it isn’t trendy. In fact, gold chains have revamped in popularity in recent years, making them an accessory staple. Not only are they on trend, but they pair well with literally any outfit and can seamlessly dress any outfit up, or down. Chunky gold chains specifically have been a hit on the runway in recent years.
Also, popular right now are dainty geometric shapes. These simple, but elegant patterns bring a light air of extravagance to any outfit, without being over the top. You’ll often notice these geometric patterns on bracelets as a single charm, or similarly on rings.
Necklace layering has always been beautiful but has really taken off in recent years. Specifically, playing with the mixing of metals has been very popular. To achieve this look, pair necklaces of different lengths overlapping each other. It is best to stick with one type of metal, and accent with another. An example would be to wear 2 or 3 gold chains with 1 silver chain that hangs in between.
When it comes to jewelry that is as beautiful as it is durable, 18k gold and sterling silver are superior. Gold by itself is extremely malleable, making it unsuitable for jewelry because it will not only have a hard time staying in its intended shape, but it would also be damaged easily. 18K gold is a perfect blend of 75% gold and 25% alloy, making it durable while retaining the classic, deep, rich gold shine and tone. Sterling silver is light and durable with a silver content of 92.5%. This makes it popular among jewelry lovers and artisans alike. Easy to work with, but sure to stand the test of time. Both sterling silver and 18K gold are also hypoallergenic, making them wearable for everyone.
Let Italeau's jewelry collection add a touch of elegance to your collection. From plain sterling silver and 18k gold-plated Italian hoops to Swarovski crystal studs, elegant drop earrings, and modern circle link dangle earrings, plus necklaces and bracelets adorned with beautiful charms or tiny sparkling crystals - you'll find the pieces you love at Italeau. While you’re guaranteed to love your pieces, you can feel good about shopping with a socially conscious company who pays its artisans well and only works with ethically sourced materials.