Jewelry designer Ippolita was born and raised in a 12th century farmhouse the hills above Florence, Italy. She is the daughter of an American artist mother and an Italian intellectual father and spent her childhood immersed in Renaissance art and architecture. Eventually earning her Baccalaureate in sculpture at the renowned Istituto D’Arte in Florence Ippolita’s commitment to design integrity and craftmanship is evident in everything she creates.
Before launching her 18k gold designer jewelry collection at Bergdorf Goodman in 1999, Ippolita spent several months developing her own signature gold color, a gorgeous glowing hue which flatters every skin tone.
The unique sculptural quality of her jewelry comes from the fact that Ippolita insists that each and every piece be made by hand. Her signature bangles, for example, are hand cast from original wax sculptures, and the open-link chains she uses in her earrings and necklaces are formed and soldered by hand as well. Each and every gemstone is handcut, a feature that astounds even the designer herself.
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