(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.