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Delfina Delettrez is brave. She could’ve gone into the family business – a fourth generation Fendi, Silvia Venturini Fendi is her mother – but instead pulled a wild card and launched her own intrepid fine jewellery line. Dreaming up collections influenced by surrealism and the cult of the curiosity cabinet, cue portrait of the jeweller as her own best muse, offering scorpion rings, spider earrings and bat bracelets for girls as idiosyncratic as her.
Following her interview in the November issue of Dazed & Confused, we showcase the creative’s SS13 collection, which features Murano glass eyes (a signature), floating pearls and a stone-set wasp crawling across the finger, photographed by Philippe Jarrigeon.
"I remember whenever my grandmother was wearing jewellery that had been passed from generation to generation I was more interested in the anecdotes behind the piece than the piece itself," Delettrez tells Dazed. "I always considered jewellery slightly old-style and boring. So I wanted to change that. Now it’s a need of expression. I’m not very talkative, so it’s a way of expressing my innermost thoughts. I put the metal in front of me and the metal talks. It’s a constant metamorphosis."
With her own boutique in Rome and a roll call of the best stockists worldwide, as well as penning bijoux for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s red-hot Kenzo, it’s talking the right language.
Photography Philippe Jarrigeon