Stalked: Benedetta, Jewellery Designer, Dubini.
15 October 2014
They say that love at first sight is only for fairy tales and love stories but beg to differ! On the grounds of the reaction I had to a ring by DUBINI called the Alexander The Great ring! The ring is made up of a silver coin featured in a ring worn by Alexander the Great, the coins are antique and completely unique; in result each ring looks different! I caught up with the designer Benedetta Dubini, a Central Saint Martins graduate who originates from Italy.
What made you decide you wanted to be a jewellery designer? And what do you love about your job?
I’ve always been fascinated by jewellery, but I believe that from the moment I got my acceptance letter from Central Saint Martins I started approaching it in a different manner. I saw the potential there to turn what I loved into a career.
I love the deep relationship that is formed between the wearer and its jewellery. How an item of adornment even in its simplest form becomes a marker of social or personal status. If you analyse what people are wearing it can tell you so much about what their life is about. Are they married? Do they travel? Are they religious?
What are your main influences?
I believe my main influence to be cinema. My grandmother was an actress and my grandfather a cinema operator and film producer in the 50’s/60’s in Rome. This period of time was known as the golden era of the Italian film industry, it was during these years that movies rediscovering the ancient world were produced: such as Julius Caesar (1953) starring Marlon Brando and Alexander the Great (1956) starring Richard Burton.
As a child I grew up watching these classics and today cinema is still a very important part of my research. I believe cinema to be the ultimate combination of art, literature and science. Art and literature are reflections of life and they present moments of life vividly. Whilst, science studies man and his world. So cinema as a combination of these three, presents man and his life in society.
What's your latest collection all about?
My latest collection ‘Empires’ is inspired by my Roman heritage. I place antique Roman and Greek coins featuring the boldest characters from history at the centre of my pieces. I love mixing old and new. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient stories and myths and thinking about the past of these coins some dating back to 300 B.C. fascinates me. There is something special, a connection that is formed with a piece that you know has passed through centuries of history and that each one is truly unlike any other. I aim to connect people to their jewellery not only for their aesthetic beauty but for the story behind the creation of the object.
Who are your favourite fashion designers?
I’ve always been a fan of Valentino. My grandmother was a good friend of his and designed some incredible pieces for her. My other loves are Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab with their delicate and ultra-feminine creations. If I’m looking for something new and fresh I turn to Barbara Casasola and Isa Arfen.
Where do you shop and where do you eat in London?
In London I love the Shop at Bluebird and Joseph (which also carries my line).
I’m quite a foodie so always on a lookout for something new and refreshing. Lately my favourites are Chiltern Firehouse and Kurobuta. If I’m feeling homesick Lucio’s or Essenza will do the trick!
Get my favourite ring here.
Five items you can't live without?
A book: To keep me company whilst I travel. I’m currently reading: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
Sunglasses: L.G.R sunglasses, since I discovered this brand in Rome I’m obsessed!
Rings: I feel naked without them. I’m never without my Alexander the Great and Punta do Diamante rings from my collection.
Passport: This is crucial as I’m always on the go.
Snack: You’ll always find an item of food in my bag. Usually it’s an Eat Natural fruits & fibre bar…makes me feel healthy!
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