Italian jewelry designer Bicego making stop in Sewickley to introduce new line
By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Vicenza, Italy, is known as the gold capital of the world.
So, it's no surprise someone who grew up there became a designer of sparkly rings, shiny earrings, bold bracelets and brilliant necklaces. Marco Bicego is owner-creator of Marco Bicego jewelry, a line that uses iconic gold in beautifully textured designs of beads, links and coils.
Bicego will be in town for a personal appearance Nov. 16 at Orr's Jewelers in Sewickley to present his new, one-of-a-kind collections. Prices start at $550 and go up to more than $200,000. Bicego will hand-engrave his signature on any existing or newly purchased pieces.
”I would describe my jewelry as ‘everyday luxury,' which means minimalist and clean lines,” Bicego says. “It is timeless and can be worn at any occasion throughout the day. It blends Old-World Italian hand-craftsmanship with tradition, passion and imagination.”
Bicego grew up working in his father's goldsmithing factory where he would watch the artisans at work. He eventually tried making objects of his own.
“I had a love of jewelry at an early age, and I think I always knew I would follow in my father's footsteps,” he says.
In 2000, he debuted his collection at the Vicenza Oro fair. He aims to express his personal vision in life, his passions and his curiosity through designing jewelry and creating something new and exciting.
“With each collection, I really try to push myself in terms of what is possible creatively and with design,” Bicego says. “I often draw inspiration from my travels and the beauty found in nature. I take what I see and craft jewelry that reminds me of the architectural shapes or colors from my travels. This process is very personal, and the pieces I create are pieces that I truly love.”
Making appearances like the one at Orr's means a lot to him, he says.
“I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and make appearances and meet women who wear my jewelry,” he says. “It is always a pleasure to meet the women who wear my designs. I draw such inspiration from seeing how they style the pieces and wear them in their everyday lives.”
“We are thrilled that Marco Bicego will be here at Orr's Jewelers to showcase his new collections,” says David Strell of Orr's Jewelers. “Our clients love Marco Bicego jewelry and having him here is a wonderful opportunity to bring our clientele a unique experience to connect with the brand.”
One way to wear his jewelry is to start with a necklace and layer more. That look can transform an outfit and take it from day to night with one simple piece.
“All of my pieces are meant to be layered or work together, so, I say, the more the better,” he says. “I love that a long necklace can be worn a variety of different ways and can be styled based on the client who is wearing it.”
His heritage is reflected in each piece.
“I was born in Vicenza, Italy, the gold capital of the world, so to be able to say my collection is “Made in Italy” brings me great joy and pride as it's my home,” he says. “The skills of Old-World Italian craftsmanship withstand the test of time, and we continue to use those techniques, such as hand-engraving, which leaves hundreds of tiny lines on the surface and creates a tactile finish which remains practically unalterable through time.
“Hand-made artisanal, perfectly imperfect — those are the tenants at the heart of the Marco Bicego brand, ‘Made in Italy.' ”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7889.
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