BY KRISTIN ALLEN
It’s been said Ippolita Rostagno has pioneered the concept of cool fine jewelry, designed to be worn every day and for all occasions. In May, her fine jewelry line, Ippolita, will be at the center of quite the occasion when she joins Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry for a special style presentation in conjunction with the Jackson Symphony League’s Annual Luncheon.
The al fresco luncheon will be held under a grand tent on the grounds of Lee Michaels at the Renaissance at Colony Park. Chaired by Angela Byers and co-chair Kathryn Merrell, plans for the luncheon include courtyard cocktails followed by a seated lunch for the style presentation with Ippolita herself.
Lee Michaels first partnered with Ippolita in 2009. “It is extremely important to each of us that the ‘company we keep,’ companies we’re associated with, are dedicated to a reputation of excellence, integrity and quality in value and service,” said Chad Berg, Vice President of Lee Michaels. The appreciation is mutual for designer Ippolita who says, “The Berg family has such a commitment to excellence and truly takes pride in their work and their customer’s happiness.”
Drawing on travels through her native Italy, her studies in sculpture and time spent with master artisans, Ippolita creates beautiful, timeless jewelry that has filled a void in the fine jewelry market. Her most recent collection, SENSO, is an Italian word that implies sensuality and intimacy, “inspired by the softness of the feminine figure.” She says, “I am constantly inspired by the women who surround me, and SENSO was created for women who appreciate unique jewelry and are not afraid to make a statement. I always go back to my design credo which is to create pieces that are cool enough to covet, yet classic enough to keep.”
A trademark feature of Ippolita jewelry is body imprinting, what Ippolita calls one of her signature techniques. “I wanted to find a way to make gold feel luxurious and rich without losing its natural, organic qualities. My original technique of body imprinting creates textures that are literally lifted from the human body and as a result, the texture of the metal embodies and echoes the wearer’s sensual side.” She cites the line’s “Jet Set” earrings as “easily the most popular piece in my collection.” “They make a statement without being too overwhelming—the delicate way they hang down the neck completes every outfit. It amazes me that even though I have designed thousands of pieces of jewelry since, there is something fundamentally appealing about the shape, how they link together, and the femininity of their silhouette and movement.”
Ippolita plans to share additional insight into her collections during the JSL luncheon’s style presentation titled, “The Style of Ippolita”. Immediately following the luncheon, Ippolita will host a trunk show at Lee Michaels with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Jackson Symphony League.
On his company’s generosity, Chad Berg states, “We believe in giving the gift of time and funding to charity and the arts. The League contributes significantly to the success and vitality of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra through its educational, informational and fundraising efforts. The League’s passion and commitment to the arts makes Lee Michaels proud to be the League’s partner in our joint effort to raise funds for the symphony through the special presentation of ‘The Style of Ippolita’.”
The Jackson Symphony League’s Annual Luncheon will be held May 3, 2017 at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. For tickets and additional details, visit jacksonsymphonyleague.com. Table sponsorships are available.