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(Clockwise from top left) Atlantico diamond ring in rose gold with curves representing the ebb and flow of the ocean; asymmetrical pendant designed by Ilaria; diamond bracelet from the Illa collection.
Ilaria Lanzoni, the vibrant and creative Italian design director of Hearts On Fire, talks about her inspirations when designing with diamonds.
Throughout history, diamonds have held claim to a mesmerising mystique that appeals to everyone. More so, when diamonds are turned into stunning pieces of jewellery in the hands of expert craftsmen.
For Hearts On Fire’s Italian design director Ilaria Lanzoni, each collection is inspired by her own life journey with elements that every woman can identify with. From the infinite wonders of a beautifully created world to the mysteries of the ocean, Lanzoni’s designs are stunningly appealing.
“My mind is a constant wall of images that I capture daily,” Lanzoni explained passionately during her visit to Kuala Lumpur to attend the HABIB Diamond Fest in Kuala Lumpur. (HABIB is the exclusive retailer for Hearts On Fire collections).
The Atlantico collection is her favourite, inspired by the Atlantic Ocean after Lanzoni had moved from London to Boston. Lanzoni saw the constant movement of the sea as a symbol of life’s journey, where she was drawn to the fluidity of the waves, beautiful imagery and ambient sounds.
“The ocean captures my journey in life; it has no boundaries, it is infinite and filled with possibilities and constant change. I am passionate about travelling and discovering the world and I will go anywhere as long as I can design. To me, waves can sometimes be scary and powerful, yet calm and meditative, it’s symbolic of life itself. I wanted to capture those feelings and incorporate the ocean’s romance, beauty and power into jewellery,” she explains.
As such, the Atlantico collection is a bold, intensive gold collection with strong lines and infinite curves representing waves.
On the other hand, the Lorelei collection is “all about flowers; it’s vibrant and colourful and inspired by lace which is so feminine and delicate yet strong,” says Lanzoni.
The Copley collection is also a signature Hearts On Fire collection, synonymous with the city of Boston where Lanzoni is based. Upon moving there in 2012, Lanzoni was taken by the historic city’s tiny cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay, filled with majestic features of splendid architectural details like intricate ironwork and terraces. They reminded her of the beauty and artistic features of old world Europe that she knew and loved.
The Copley collection represents Hearts On Fire’s first fashion forward diamond jewellery collection featuring bold metal colours including yellow and rose and less diamond intensive designs portraying the beautiful metalwork of Lanzoni’s designs.
Hearts On Fire prides itself on its extremely high standards of diamonds. “When you purchase a Hearts on Fire diamond, you are buying 'the most perfectly cut diamond in the world', which is our company trademark,” says Lanzoni. “The beauty of these diamonds will capture your heart and just blow you away. Our diamonds are different because we use only a minuscule fraction of the world’s most transparent and knot-free diamonds.”
“My challenge as a designer is to create distinctive jewellery that are outstanding yet wearable. After all, we don’t want to buy something beautiful to keep it in the safe! I wear a piece every day except when I am at the gym.” She displays her beautiful, buttery soft Copley bracelet which is an extraordinary design inspired by Boston’s ironwork, with perfectly cut diamonds spread across seven inches. It can be easily worn with a shirt and jeans yet amps up an evening gown, she explains.
On her finger is a Lorelei Infinity right hand ring featuring a stunning array of perfectly cut diamonds. “It is very special yet flat so I can wear it daily even as I work,” says Lanzoni. And of course, she has on a Lorelei bow necklace, which is a popular piece, worn together with another pendant which features interlocking hearts.
Lanzoni grew up in S. Daniele del Friuli, a small town on the northeast of Italy near Venice, with a population of some 8,000 people. Lanzoni credits her mother for her artistic talents and development. “My mum was a tailor. She has what I describe as hands of gold, as she turn scraps of fabrics into such lovely clothes. Our family home was frequently messy with bales of cloth!’’
After completing her studies, Lanzoni moved to Rome and enrolled in an art school, picking jewellery design as a course, as she had thought it’d be easier! However, the curious, vivacious young woman soon excelled in a creative process that came naturally to her.
“I constantly see things in three dimensions. I always think of the person who’d be wearing a particular piece of jewellery and how it would look on her in different occasions. Every piece has something personal to me, like hope, love, joy, delight, wonder… the themes I work with are universal.”
> Hearts On Fire is exclusively offered through HABIB.
> This article was originally published in Life Inspired, out every second and fourth Sunday of the month and distributed exclusively with The Sunday Star to selected households.
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