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Delfina Delettrez Fendi's curious jewelry garden continues to grow.

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Delfina Delettrez Fendi’s curious jewelry garden continues to grow.

This story first appeared in the February 27, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

In her second collection, the 20-year-old designer’s handmade pieces include a quirky eyeball group, featuring startled-looking Murano glass eyeballs set in rings, chokers and curling snake bracelets. Delettrez Fendi said she’s been watching a lot of wildlife documentaries for inspiration, resulting in a new menagerie of iridescent enamel beasties, including piggies and speckled frogs as well as a Jardinière set of hammered silver necklaces crawling with brightly hued insects and flowers. “I wanted to have a mix of both sweet and aggressive animals,” she said, gesturing to a charming cappuccino-colored enamel hippo snoozing on a ring. Her penchant for mixing noble and poor materials unfolds throughout the collection in vibrant beaded chokers of faceted semiprecious stones and a carbon-hued meteorite necklace decorated with mini scorpion and dragon charms. Prices range from $150 for one animal ring to $40,000 for a Tahitian pearl necklace. As a side note, Delettrez Fendi has also collaborated with the French glove maker Causse for a capsule line of leather pieces, including a pair of Lagerfeld-esque fingerless gloves, customized with her charms. And she is developing a new line of crown rings as a major theme for her next collection.

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