This season, all roads lead to Rome for Delfina Delettrez, whose latest jewelry collection, Metalphysic, honors some of the city’s architecture, artisanal traditions and symbols. The theme was explored through her surrealist eye, with pieces like earrings made from mini marble columns and a ring with honey-colored quartz edged with bees and scorpions. The Cassandra necklace features metal slabs set with mini mosaics, interspersed with pearl-bodied bees and boasting a central marble column pendant.


“Bees are very important to me, as they are very traditional to Rome,” said Delettrez, noting that the Barberinis, a powerful noble family in the 17th century, had a coat of arms composed of three of the insects. “Wherever I have lived I have always had bees around me all over the house. I’m obsessed with them.” Many of the pieces are decorative as well as practical, as in the more Baroque Vanitas necklace that features a gold mirror on chains as its centerpiece. “Sometimes you want a quick check in the mirror,” she said.

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