From Actors to Royalty: Damiani
Brad Pitt chose Damiani to make his engagement ring for Jennifer Aniston and their wedding rings. Prince Emmanuel of Savoy also requested the company to make the wedding rings for his marriage to French actress Clotilde Courou. Movie stars, including Isabella Rossellini and Milla Jovovitch have proudly worn their jewelry. Beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow is proud to be their new face. The famous jewelry firm is the epitome of Italian style, elegance and innovation.
Damiani was founded by Enrico Grassi Damiani in Valenza. Strongly influenced by the beauty of Art Deco styles, Enrico designed and produced fine jewelry which quickly became renowned. He became the personal jeweler of influential families.
Enrico’s son, Damiano Grassi Damiani began the company in 1924, and introduced new marketing and advertising strategies. Damiani, for example, was the first company to introduce Certificates of Authenticity for jewelry pieces showing the details included in the jewelry, for example, the number of carats.
Since then Damiani has become world famous and opened stores all over the world. The family business’s Vice-President is Silvia, the grand-daughter of Domiani. The company is also run by her mother, Gabriella, and her siblings, Guido and Giorgio. Giorgio told jewelry magazine, Gold Inspirations, that: “Our heart is in Valenza, but our dream is to become an international luxury jewelry brand.”
Bad publicity over the suit between Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt and the jewelry firm doesn’t seem to have affected Damiani’s reputation at all. Indeed, it probably enhanced it by making more people aware of the Italian company and its beautiful jewelry lines.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston accused the company of selling imitations of their custom-made wedding rings for $1000.00 each, when this was not part of their agreement with Damiani. The case was settled and under the terms of the settlement Pitt designed jewelry for Damiani while Aniston modeled in ads for the company. This was in exchange for the company’s promise to stop selling copies of their wedding rings.
Prince Emanuel’s wedding rings for his marriage in 2003 were a version of Brad Pitt’s, made by hand in platinum and featured two diamonds on the sides. Silvia Damiani told Platinum Today that she was very pleased that Prince Emanuel and his bride chose an Italian jewelry maker, and that they would be the first to wear the newest version of the D-Side rings.
In September 2004 the jewelry firm celebrated its 80th anniversary at the prestigious New York restaurant, Le Cirque, attended by movie stars and the ‘glitterati’. It is very proud to have achieved eighteen Diamonds International Awards, which are very highly regarded. The jewelry collection to celebrate their anniversary features jewelry inspired by each decade of the 20th century, starting with the stunning The Flapper Pendant, a beautiful necklace featuring diamonds and translucent aquamarine.
Some of their newer jewelry collections include Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Collection and their Sophia Loren collection.
The Tahitian collection featured beautiful black pearls, diamonds and gold. Damiani has won the Tahitian Pearl Trophy Italy.
The Sophia Loren collection was announced by the company in June this year as a tribute to the renowned Italian actress, who is a close friend of Silvia Damiani. Giorgio Damiani told Jewelry Today that: “We wanted to combine our style of classic diamond jewelry with the passion of rose gold, which we used to express her Italian spirit and warmth.”
Damiani’s collections are modern and innovative, yet many are inspired by the Art Deco style of the founder. Silvia Damiani, who designs for the company as well as being its Vice-President, has some favorites. One of these is the pavÃƒÂ© style – this consists of many small diamonds closely together so that they look like a large stone. According to the article at CNN.com, ‘Damiani Makes Diamonds Her Best Friend’: ‘Diamonds set in pavÃƒÂ© also lend movement to her art deco-inspired pieces, so they look delicate and embracing.
The Damiani Groups owns the jewelry brands, Damiani, Salvini, which had Sharon Stone as ‘its face, Alfieri & St. John and Bliss, which is designed to appeal to younger people. It recently bought the historic Italian jewelry firm, Calderoni, founded in 1840.
Their collections can be seen at their extremely classy website Damiani.com.
By Lisa-Anne Sanderson