By Ashley Davis
Nanis Italian Jewels’ Ivy necklace, pictured, has become a brand best-seller. Part of its appeal is its convertibility, a key theme for Nanis; Ivy transforms into different types of necklaces and bracelets. It’s part of the larger Dancing in the Rain collection, shown at Vicenzaoro January 2019.
Vicenza, Italy—Nanis Italian Jewels isn’t satisfied with creating a mere necklace, bracelet or earring.

At the January 2019 edition of jewelry trade show Vicenzaoro, the Vicenza, Italy-based brand headed by Laura Bicego showed its latest convertible creations that are intended to provide women the utmost in versatility—a necklace that deconstructs into a bracelet or an earring that can also be worn reversed for a completely different look like the pair seen below.

From its Dancing in the Rain collection, rendered in 18-karat yellow gold with signature hand-engraved gold beads, Nanis presented the new Aria necklace, in which each bead is connected to the next by a row of white diamonds. The necklace can be transformed into a long version, wrapped short version, a Y-necklace or deconstructed into a short necklace with bracelets.

20190123 Nanis insertThe Aria necklace, transformed into its Y-necklace version

To accompany it, Nanis also made drop earrings in the style and an open cocktail ring that wraps around the finger, as well as a statement cuff and an ear climber earring that gives the look of multiple piercings from four separate gold beads.

At the show, Bicego explained that the brand-new pieces were called Aria because she created them as a visual representation of an aria in an opera, with each gold bead representing a musical note. She hoped the overall effect would bring to mind a cohesive, visual rhythm.

Nanis also showed recent additions to the Dancing in the Rain collection brought out in the last year, like its convertible Ivy necklace (seen in action below), which, like the Aria, can be worn in several different ways and is now a best-seller.

While Aria incorporates diamonds and Ivy features a continuous stream of engraved gold beads, the recent Dancing in the Rain Reverso pieces embrace color in an inventive way.

Alongside stones like pink sapphires, amethyst and tsavorite, an alluring green stone in a shade similar to emerald was actually layered rock crystal over a green pigmented labradorite, a custom creation from Nanis that Bicego commissioned to keep the pieces affordable.

Overall, Dancing in the Rain begins retailing at approximately $500, with most pieces landing under $10,000, though the full Aria or Ivy necklace are priced closer to $30,000 depending on length.

Bicego said that she will soon have a more permanent stateside presence when the brand opens a shop-in-shop this year at Grace Renee Gallery in Carefree, Arizona, just outside of Scottsdale.

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