Milan-born, London-based jewellery designer Vanessa Pederzani creates unusual and effervescent fine jewellery. In keeping with her whimsical and vibrant personality, she enjoys giving shapes to whatever catches her eye. There is gentleness at times, playfulness, and boldness at others, but all her pieces have in common distinctive craftsmanship and unpredictable charm.
Assembling row upon sumptuous row of a dramatic neckpiece featuring blue Indian sapphires to serve as the backdrop for a night sky, she depicts a romantic starry moonlit evening. Using different overtones of diamonds, rubies and coloured sapphires, she moulds precious war helmets, corsets, bats and scorpions.
It’s a life story with an intense duality: femininity and gameness.
A trained gemologist, who honed her expertise at Pederzani Jewellery, her family business founded in Milan in 1947, and then at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, before striking out on her own, Vanessa exercises a unique approach. Her passion for coloured gemstones, nature, and details, inspires her to create unique jewels that resemble miniature art pieces.
Today, Vanessa sources her gemstones directly from sustainable mines in Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and India, assembling them with 18 Kt gold, the precious metal she prefers amongst all.
The Pederzani name brings with it the kudos of three generations of an Italian family who have served as jewellers to European industrialists, royalty and celebrities.
Her clients, mostly women buying a piece of jewellery for themselves, range from lovers of edgy design to those seeking something more elegant and classic with a twist.
Vanessa thinks of her jewellery as a timeless final touch to express the “joie de vivre” of her followers.