Saraceno, Bellagio | 5 October 2012
It was these necklaces in the window that stopped me in my tracks.
The store is Saraceno, and it’s in the charming town of Bellagio, on Lake Como.
The proprietor / designer is the store’s namesake, Silvia Saraceno. She opened her store (and two others) eight years ago, after working for Giorgio Armani for 18 years. Silvia designs all of the eye-catching jewelry, as well as gorgeous silk scarves and tunics, and cutting-edge handbags. Everything is made in workshops in Milan.
The “stones” in the necklaces (and earrings, too) that I saw in the window are made of resin, in a sublime color palette ranging from dusky blues and misty mauves to celery greens and mellow golds.
These gorgeous chunky bangles are also made of resin, in the same heavenly hues.
Silvia adds fresh designs each season, and all are sold exclusively in her stores.
These bracelets look great worn in multiples.
Silvia was a kindred spirit . . . someone with a similar eye for design. She offered her expert advice on what “looked like me.” (She pegged my style off the bat: simple and understated, with a twist . . . a pop of color or sparkle)
I bought a simplified version of the necklace I’d seen in the window, in bronze-y topaz . . .
. . . and this bracelet, hand-beaded with freshwater pearls and labradorite . . .
. . . I just wish I’d bought one of those tunics.
I guess I’ll have to go back.
Via Garibaldi, 39
22021 Bellagio, Como
Tel. +39 031 950317