BY DELBRENNA | MAY 10TH, 2021
THE NEW PIAZZA COLLECTION
The Piazza in Cortona was our inspiration for the new Piazza Collection. Piazza means "townsquare" in Italian. It is where everyone goes to meet, mingle, watch people, and be seen. In Cortona, the Piazza buzzes with life; if you sit on the steps and explore the life around you, you will surely feel the town's heartbeat. This was the inspiration for our new collection, the Piazza Collection by DelBrenna!
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PIAZZA COLLECTION: THE meaning
The Piazza in Italy, especially in small towns like Cortona, holds significant meaning: it is a gathering place, a meeting point—and conveys a deep sense of connection. This is where you meet friends; let your children play, shop, and greet your neighbors. You can only smile and feel good!
Our "Piazza della Repubblica" is the "living room" of Cortona... if you have been here, you surely know what we mean! It is an extraordinary gathering place, made for everyone in town, it is where you order a delightful cocktail, a frothy cappuccino, dine "al fresco," or sit on the town steps tasting new gelato flavors. Here, an observant visitor can feel the very soul of Italy. A gentle, healing spirit fills every Piazza because it's where everyone comes together.
We believe each bead in the frame of our Piazza design can represent a distinct meaning. For us, each dot symbolizes a street in Cortona, all leading to the Piazza. For you, each dot may signify family, friends, wishes, dreams—the things that complete you! Our wish for this collection was to create meaningful jewelry, a desire that who would wear it could express themselves through it. We hope that these pieces will start many conversations about Italy and bring back your memories with family and friends in Italy!
The design of the piazza collection
This collection builds on the same concept as our popular Filary Collection, where we have wrapped our links chain around a geometrical element (round, oval, or drop-shape). In this case, we have wrapped our beads chain around the circle. We chose the beads chain, which has been in our archives for many years because it carries perfect circles one after the other. For us, it represents the harmony of life balance & unity that takes place in the Piazza. It symbolizes the ideal beauty of a circle, with no beginning and no end.
Technically, the inspiration for the design was the "tempietto" or little temple, one of the best representations of Renaissance architecture expressing harmony and beauty.We thought about how the Piazza is also harmonious and beautiful and how our beads in the frame perfectly align with the round design. The columns of the "tempietto" in the renaissance plan resemble the streets of Cortona: they all lead to the Piazza!
The mother of pearl, a new interpretation
As for the gemstone, we chose Mother of Pearl for the Piazza Collection because it is feminine, strong, resilient, and bright. Mother of pearl, which matches all the pearl jewelry in our collections beautifully, is made from the material produced at the inner layer of seashells. This is not a coincidence! Watching waves at the beach is soothing and restorative—the same gentle healing spirit we feel when watching the piazza-life from our favorite cafe or the steps of the city hall in our town square. This is the first time in our collections that the mother of pearl is cut flat, like a disc. We wanted to re-interpret the mother of pearl in a brand new way, and they are extra special because these gemstones are cut just for us in Torre del Greco, Naples.