“Doors of Italy”

The Inspiration

Central and southern Italy are very hot in the summer. In the days before air conditioning, transom windows were commonly installed above street-level doors which allowed cooling breezes in, but kept intruders out. The variation of designs seems endless and there may be a few new “Porte” designs yet to come.

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Porte d’Italia is a good example of “designing by walking around.” It’s a faithful re-imagining of a bit of wrought-iron grille work I spotted above a doorway while strolling the side streets near the Palazzo Pitti. I had much of the basic design finalized even before returning to my studio.—Christopher

The Details

All Porte d’Italia pendants are highly detailed and textured. The bail is made of hand-twisted 14k rose gold. Each gemstone version of the pendant measures approximately one inch across.

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Our Porte d’Italia comes in diamond and colored gemstone versions. Diamond pendants are offered in the standard 1″ size and a smaller, 3/4″ size, and are available in all 14k rose gold, or in sterling silver with a 14k rose gold bezel and bail. Diamond earrings match the small pendant and have a closure.

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The ring versions of Porte d’Italia features a unique by-pass shank design, and each features the same level of detail and texture as the larger pendants.

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The 18-inch chain’s simple toggle closure is ornamented by a 14k rose gold quatrefoil element, our signature touch on this exclusive item.

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