Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Jewellery by Ghelli at Hotel Rafayel

We are proud to announce that Andrea Ghelli, one of Italy’s most sought-after jewellery designers, will have a permanent display at Hotel Rafayel. Visitors will be able to view and purchase some of his most desirable and alluring pieces. Often described as both status symbols and works of art, the jewellery of Andrea Ghelli is a “once seen never forgotten” phenomenon.

Ghelli’s style exudes a heady combination of seduction, mystery and magic. The use of exotic materials such as shimmering coral and luminescent turquoise transforms the artist’s jewellery into items of ethereal beauty. Pieces dusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds create an air of extravagant glamour.

Any modern woman who relishes the avant garde and believes in defining her own style will find these precious items irresistible.

Born to a long-established family of jewellers, Andrea Ghelli studied his craft at Florence’s legendary Accademia delle belle arti. The Accademia was founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence and later Grand Duke of Tuscany. One of the great Florentine patrons of the arts, Cosimo I also created two of Florence’s most famous attractions: the Uffizi (one of the world’s premier art galleries) and the Bobboli Gardens. Over the years the Accademia has attracted such extraordinary talents as Michelangeo, Benvenuto Cellini and Il Bronzino and, since 1873, has housed Michelangelo’s original “David”.

Andrea Ghelli has remained true to his Florentine heritage and operates out of his workshop and store in the shadow of the dome of the city's most famous landmark, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Andrea also has a shop in Milan near Via Montenapoleane, and in the centre of beautiful and exclusive Forte dei Marmi (Marble Fort) in Northern Tuscany, which was once home to British sculptor Henry Moore.

With a demanding clientele that includes famous celebrities and Hollywood stars, Andrea Ghelli works hard to ensure that his work always remains cutting-edge, unique and desirable. He has recently travelled the world, seeking out new inspiration and new materials. His latest creations will be on display at Hotel Rafayel; we are proud to introduce them to London.

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