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[Tidbits] A Jewelry Designer of the Highest Caliber

Will try to keep this obscure enough so as to make it not so easy to
guess. but not so obscure so as to make it impossible. You can grade
me from 1 to 10. Readye

She was born in Italy in 1940. Her parents were well to do. None of
this rising from the depths of poverty to achieve fame and fortune
through impossible odds. But she was a talent with whom to be
reckoned. She was educated at Volbicela School in Rome. She received
a diploma in Interior Design. At the onset of her working life she
was a French teacher in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1961; as a ski
instructor; as a model in London and Paris.

In 1968 she moved to New York. It was here that she began modeling
and designing jewelry. She worked for Halston, Giorgia di
Sant’Angelo, and Tiffany & Co.

She designed–among other things–the containers for Halston’s
fragrance and cosmetic lines. She designed jewelry for Tiffany. In
1971 she won the American Fashion Critics Cory award. She won many
more awards but they’re too numerous to mention. and too obvious if I

“Style,” she says, “is to be simple.” This. from a designer
described at one time or another as being most complicated, volatile,
explosive, obstinate, and as difficult as an artist trying to
achieve perfection can be. In light of this, her quote above is a tad
ironic. And if you like complex personality. she was also described
as charming, and kind, and very, very shy.

She had a husky voice. She was brusque. Imperious. Incisive. And she
was Tiffany’s top designer. It is said that the simplicity of her
forms lies in the fact that she picks the purest example of perfect
quality as her choice for her designs.

As it turns out. I have an image of one of her animal choices for a
necklace. It is a scorpion. When you speak of quintessential form.
this is it. But it is not what she is most famous for. It is her
floating heart, a free-form, asymmetric design which hangs on a woven
chain. for which she is most well known.

Enough. I will say no more. You know who she is. I know you know who
she is. But just in case I’m wrong. I will let you email me and tell
me who you think she is.

So now go. You know where. Home page at lower left
side of menu. click on Tidbits. and see a most magnificent scorpion
necklace sculpted by our jewelry designer. The location will be
changing soon. I will keep you apprised.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.

Catch you all next week.

Benjamin Mark

Attention all readers, Alas. I made an error. As has been pointed out
to me…

this is NOT past tense. Designer is alive and well. So sorry.