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Treasure hunters in Italy who find beauty in imperfection. We're curio collectors re-imagining remarkable vintage, turning it into wearable art. 

Madonna Sterling & Gold Filigree

This gorgeous hand painted Madonna image is set behind glass in a sterling silver and burnished gold filigree brooch with seed pearls and garnets with an original inscription on the back, dated1931. We've hung it on a 36 in. sterling silver and gold plated chain. This gorgeous relic is sure to be a conversation piece. $425

Our Lady Brooch Necklace

An extraordinary hand painted Our Lady Madonna brooch dating back to 1923 with an original dedication to A. Nini on the back. It is encased in burnished sterling silver and gold filigree popular throughout time. Highlighting the hand painted centerpiece are typical seed pearls and rubies which were frequently used during this period. The necklace hangs off a beautiful 36" gold plated sterling chain. It is stunning on. $400 Imagined and designed by Michele Lilley

Deco Brooch Necklace

Art Deco style vintage brooch embellished with turquoise bead on a 28 in double nickel-free chain. $80 deigned and made by Gina Panella

Etheral Sterling Filigree

It's so beautiful and precious you won't want to take it off. The centerpiece is a sterling silver handmade filigree with our favorite Lady Mary in the middle. She's so subtle you will hardly notice her. We've made a bolo-style necklace using medium silver plate chain and adding two mother of pearl rosary beads on the end. $80 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Etheral Sterling Filigree Options

It's so beautiful and precious you won't want to take it off. The centerpiece is a sterling silver handmade filigree with our favorite Lady Mary in the middle. She's so subtle you will hardly notice her. We've made a bolo-style necklace using medium silver plate chain and adding two mother of pearl rosary beads on the end. The second centerpiece shown in the photo is sterling square snowflake filigree. $80 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Starburst and Strauss Layered Look

Get this look! We've layered a gorgeous artisan sterling filigree strand of stars together with a vintage 60's Strauss pin hung from a double 36" antique silver finish chain. You can wear together for a night out or individually day or night. Sold separately - Sterling silver filigree starburst necklace 18" - $120 60's Vintage Strauss necklace 38" - $105 $210 for both pieces Imagined and made by Michèle Lilley

Artisan Sterling Filigree Starburst

We found this rare find at market in Chiavari. There are 7 handmade sterling silver filigree starbursts on this 18" necklace. Can be worn alone or together as shown in the previous photo. Imagined and made by Michèle Lilley $120

Vintage Strauss Necklace

This vintage strauss (bling) necklace was born from a pin my mother-in-law gave me as a blast from her past. She was the hippest lady in Florence I am told. We've reimagined it into a long stunning night out on the town necklace with a double antique silver finish chain 38" Imagined and made by Michèle Lilley $105

Grecian Gift

The sterling silver necklace was found intact at a Genova antique market and we've added a perfectly worn silver medal to it to make a standout choker. 16" long $75 Imagined and made by Michèle Lilley

Abalone and Burnished Gold

The centerpiece was a pin and part of a set (see the transformed earrings in the next two photos) we found at Chiavari market. We've never seen anything quite like it's beautiful abalone shell face and burnished gold frame. We've woven gold and brass nickel free chains together to hang it from. Length 18" $110 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Abalone and Burnished Gold Piccolo

This centerpiece was one of the earrings from a set (see previous photo) in Chiavari. This stunning unique abalone shell piece is strung on and 18' medium mixed gold and brass nickel free chain. $95 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

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Mosaic Necklace Earrings and coral

Mini mosaics were a popular gift to bring home to someone you love from Italy in the 50's. We've been scouring markets to find them and came up with a few. This earring and necklace set are framed in a gold plated filigree. We've hung coral bits from the ends of the earrings and added the centerpiece to an 18" gold filled fine chain with two antique rosary beads on the sides. Earrings $55 Necklace $70 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Seven Golden daggers

Gina's wearing our latest treasure from Chiavari market. She's woven the Seven Daggers of Mary medals (for her seven sorrows) from rosaries used by monks into a bespoke necklace. 38" We've layered it here with another of the 7 Daggers medals on a fine gold filled chain. 16" $75 long necklace $65 Gold filled short necklace Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

The Regina

This centerpiece was once a brooch reminds us of the queen's jewels. It's perfect day or night. We found this gem at market in La Spezia.It hangs off a 30 inch gold filled woven chain. $105. Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

The Regina close-up

This centerpiece was once a brooch reminds us of the queen's jewels. It's perfect day or night. We found this gem at market in La Spezia.It hangs off a 30 inch gold filled woven chain. $105. Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Vintage Brooches and a little bling

These antique brooches and earrings were discovered at the La Spezia antique market and skillfully strewn together to make this statement piece. Perfect for the holidays or a night out. The centerpiece is mounted on nickel-free gold plated chains woven together. $150. designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Madonna Bolo

This bolo style necklace has a lovely barely visible Madonna (Mary) and child at it's core and framed by a medium silver filigree. We've hung it on a silver plate medium chain and dangled a piece of turquoise from the end. $85. Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Blue Mosiac from Florence

These mosaic pieces were found in the historical flea market Dei Ciompi in Florence and were handmade in a factory outside of florence that has since closed. These particular pieces were originally earring and were mounted on 17 in gold-filled chains. The one you see here has two deep red rosary beads on either side. $85 each designed and made by Gina Pagnella

1950's handmade mosaic neckalces

These mosaic pieces were found in the historical flea market Dei Ciompi in Florence and were handmade in a factory outside of florence that has since closed. These particular pieces were originally earring and were mounted on 17 in gold-filled chains the one on the right has also been embellished with vintage jade beads and on the left antique mother of pearl rosary beads $85 each designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Medals, Charms and Saints

These beautiful lucky charms are bits of love that we've hunted up at markets all over Italy. Some are medals with our favorite saints others depict Mary who we symbolically keep close to our hearts. Others are antique rosary centerpieces with an original bead hanging from it. We love to wear them every day or layer them with chunkier pieces. 16" or 18" $65 each Imagined and made by "us"

Antique brass Rosary Style Necklace

Manu (Emanuela) is wearing a long rosary style nickel free long necklace with antique silver cross at the end. She's layered it with a few of our lucky saints and medals. Long necklace $70 Short gold filled and sterling necklaces $65 each

Lucky Saints and Medals

These beautiful lucky charms are bits of love that we've hunted up at markets all over Italy. Some are medals with our favorite saints others depict Mary who we symbolically keep close to our hearts. One is a vintage cuff link. We love to wear them every day or layer them with chunkier pieces. 16" or 18" $65 each Imagined and made by "us"

Vintage Brooch and Coral

Vintage brooch with coral from estate sale in Umbria on a 19 in. gold-plate and silver-plate wrapped chain. $75 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Winter snowflakes

Medley of vintage brooch and earrings made into this bold statement necklace. $125 On sale for $100 designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Winter snowflakes close up

Medley of vintage brooch and earrings made into this bold statement necklace. $125 On sale for $100 designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Vintage Enamel and Fabric Earrings

These fun and colorful earrings were made from 50's enameled leaves popular at the time. We've made them festive with fabric and a little Storie in Italy bling. These will make any little black dress shine. $65 Designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Murano Crystals

Vintage hardware from Chiavari antique market and murano glass crystals inspired this piece.18 in nickel free antiqued bronze chain $110 imagined and made by Michele Lilley

Murano Crystals close up

Vintage hardware from Chiavari antique market and murano glass crystals inspired this piece.18 in nickel free antiqued bronze chain $95 designed and made by Michele Lilley

Medals Saints and Coins

A collection of antique and vintage medals, coins and an ex-voto from markets all over Italy From left to right - St. Francis of Campobasso, Genova, the Blesseed Mother Mary, Shilling coin, heart shape ex-voto, Mary of the Watch form the Basilicata of the Polcevera Vally, Liguria, St. Luigi Gonzaga, patron saint of teenagers and medal depicting monuments in Rome. These medals are on a 19" adjustable nickel free mixed chain embellished with rosary beads and medals. $100 Designed and made by Gina

Medals Saints and Coins closeup

A collection of antique and vintage medals, coins and an ex-voto from markets all over Italy From left to right - St. Francis of Campobasso, Genova, the Blesseed Mother Mary, Shilling coin, heart shape ex-voto, Mary of the Watch form the Basilicata of the Polcevera Vally, Liguria, St. Luigi Gonzaga, patron saint of teenagers and medal depicting monuments in Rome. These medals are on a 19" adjustable nickel free mixed chain embellished with rosary beads and medals. $100 Designed and made by Gina

Pocket Saint Necklace

This protective saint and lucky charm is in the stylish gold tube that hangs around your neck. The 30 inch mixed metal chain is embellished with antique rosary beads and turquoise. designed and made by Gina Pagnella $90

Pocket saint necklace close up

This protective saint and lucky charm is in the stylish gold tube that hangs around your neck. The 30 inch mixed metal chain is embellished with antique rosary beads and turquoise. designed and made by Gina Pagnella $90

Amber with mother of pearl

This bold and bright 1960's earring is mounted on a nickel-free bolo tie inspired mixed chain embellished with antique mother of of pearl rosary beads. $85 designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Amber with mother of pearl

This bold and bright 1960's earring is mounted on a nickel-free bolo tie inspired mixed chain embellished with antique mother of of pearl rosary beads. $85 designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Vintage anchor pendant

We uncovered these vintage anchor pendants form our visit to the antique market in Arezzo about an hour outside of Florence. The pendant is on a 30 in silver-plated chain with vintage rosary beads and turquoise $50 designed and made by Gina Pagnella

Fine San Paolo Basilica necklace

Vintage San Paolo Basilica medal in Rome on a gold plated chain embellished with antique mother of pearl rosary beads, Storie in Itlay, Monterosso-Vernazza Medal and turquoise

Fine San Paolo Basilica necklace

Vintage San Paolo Basilica medal in Rome on a gold plated chain embellished with antique mother of pearl rosary beads, Storie in Itlay, Monterosso-Vernazza Medal and turquoise $65 designed and made by Gina Pagnella

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