Dolce & Gabbana Jewelry Collection

Posted on December 07, 2011

Before we even glanced at the press release accompanying these pictures, we both remarked that these pieces were Italian to the core, referencing Catholicism, superstition, and even ancient Roman jewelry.

 

How nice to know Dolce & Gabbana agree:

“It is only natural that the Dolce & Gabbana fine jewellery collection reflects traditional Italian handicrafts and iconography. Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana’s inspiration behind their first fine jewellery collection is undeniably Italian.

Furthering their previous interpretation of both traditional Christian iconography and superstitious amulets, Dolce& Gabbana have created a jewellery collection which is in line with the brand’s DNA. The cherubs and Virgin Mary medals as well as the horseshoes and other iconographic symbols from the secular sphere have been explored in past collections, both in accessories and ready to wear.

The brand’s signature understanding and reinterpreting of traditional iconography, as well as fabrics and silhouettes, is embodied in this fine jewellery collection.

The jewellery is divided in five larger themes, all close to the Dolce&Gabbana DNA and the designers’ traditions and loves. Confession, which comprises the jewellery that resembles Rosaries and Devotion includes the jewellery adorned with the images of the Virgin Mary. The Love theme, of course, is made up of the heart shaped charms, while the Family theme comprises secular icons, like the horseshoe and the four leaf clover. Finally, the Sicily theme, comprises elements of all four of the other subfamilies, symbolising how in Sicily, devotion, confession, love and family are all rolled into one.

The workmanship of the jewellery, all hand made filigree in 18 karat gold, is akin to the Dolce & Gabbana signature fabric- lace. The jewellery is reminiscent of that sensual yet irreverent mood that has become synonymous with the brand’s designs.”

It takes a special gal to pull off these pieces (and her name is likely to be Madonna) but we can’t deny that they’re fun and even reverent in their own way, indicating a deep pride in their country and its rich culture and history.

 

[Photo Credit: swide.com, dolcegabbana.com]

    • http://twitter.com/VenetianBlond Machelle Allman

      Why are they displayed on paper towels?

      • Anonymous

        I thought the same thing.

      • Jasmine Moten

        The quilted, quicker picker upper!

      • Anonymous

        haha I think they’re doilies, but they do look very cheap

      • Anonymous

        I think it may be crochet linen…they may have used it to give it an old timey feel. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/ktewson Kathryn Tewson
    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      Why do they look so cheap?  And not in a good way.

      • Anonymous

        like costume jewelry you’d buy at Express. What is the price range?!

    • Anonymous

      Just in time for Advent! D&G religious medal jewelry!  Check out the Virgin Mary on the charm bracelet!
      TLo, really now.  How could you call this “reverent” in any way?  When Madonna wore her rosary beads as necklaces 20 years ago she was making a statement about her Catholic upbringing, her rebellious nature, and the rules of fashion.  This, however, is just tacky, tacky, tacky.  Truly irreverent.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jill.m.woods Jill Woods

        It is sacrilegious if it is not worn out of an act of devotion. By wearing it as jewelry, it may or may
        not be sacrilegious depending on intent. So if Madonna was not wearing out of devotion or prayer is was sacrilegious. I think the pieces here are  beautiful. Especially the necklace with all of the saints. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

          As far as I can tell, there are no saints other than Mary. It’s a lot of Marys.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jill.m.woods Jill Woods

            Sorry, I couldn’t seem them all that good…my contacts were out.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Sorry, but these REALLY don’t work for me at all.  I’m not Catholic (maybe I’d feel differently if I was) but using the saints that way seems somehow sacrilegious.  I’m sure that wasn’t the intent of the designers or any of the wearers of this jewelry, but I just can’t get past that…

      • MilaXX

        I’m not Catholic either, but this combines the 2 things I dislike the most in jewelry; religious imagery and hearts.

        • Anonymous

          Clicked Like because there isn’t an “Oh, God YES” button.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3HKIK7MIJMBDAQBDWEAQDTXUM theneva

        Wearing jewelry with saints or even the Holy Mother is as Catholic as a bear pooping in the woods. 

        • Anonymous

          I had no idea that bears poped in the woods because they were Catholics.

          I thought they were mostly Eastern Orthodox.

      • Anonymous

        I was raised Catholic (now, atheist-humanist-agnostic-whatever), and I’m of Italian descent and these would not be considered sacrilegious, IMHO. Because this is the kind of stuff I grew up with, my take is “meh” – seen it all before and it does not do anything for me.

      • Anonymous

        I was raised Catholic (now, atheist-humanist-agnostic-whatever), and I’m of Italian descent and these would not be considered sacrilegious, IMHO. Because this is the kind of stuff I grew up with, my take is “meh” – seen it all before and it does not do anything for me.

    • Anonymous

      I would like to politely suggest a 4-year moratorium on keys in jewelry. I’d try for the cross, too, but I’d be laughed off the Internet.

      I don’t know…I think that yeah, the reason you see these on Madonna is because that’s what she was wearing 20 years ago.

      The black rose earrings are pretty. Not particularly unique, but…they’re pretty.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, let’s start a moratorium list:

        keys
        guns
        lipsticks

        What else?

        • Anonymous

          birds
          whales

        • Anonymous

          Hah! Okay, here’s mine:
          keys, especially those of the skeleton variety
          enameled wolves’ heads — creepy no matter WHO does them
          ziggy hearts split in two

          I’d like to see some enameled badgers, please. Or perhaps we could start a ferret trend?

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            You could probably find the badger heads if you go to Wisconsin — badger stuff is very big there, and I’m sure there are at least a few people doing high-end pieces.

        • Chantelle James

          I’d like to add these to the list:
          owlsskullscrosseshearts
          I sort of liked the black rose earrings, too, but not enough to buy them. Or a knockoff of them. Honestly, i thought these pieces were way OTT and kind of ugly. I guess they’re just not my taste.

          • Anonymous

            I thought about skulls but I changed my mind at the last minute, only because I saw this insane bracelet the other day on Fab — it was these two clawish hands that came up around the wrist … and that sounds terrible. But for some reason, it really didn’t look goth, it looked more…anthropological, I guess. And have you noticed recently the trend in stuff really heavily influenced by Mexican sugar skulls? Maybe it’s just that time of year, but I’m seeing the patterns and colors in fabrics and beading the last three months.

          • Anonymous

            OWLS YES THANK YOU.

            Also, I nominate octopi.

        • MilaXX

          hearts. I detest heart jewelry.

          • Anonymous

            You’re so hard core, MilaXX. I bow down. :)

            • MilaXX

              I always have to train boyfriend not to buy me heart shaped anything. I can’t stand them. That and butterflies = BARF

            • Anonymous

              I know. Jane Seymour is really doing women everywhere a disservice.

            • Anonymous

              I know!  She seems like a nice person, but I would die if my husband spent $$ on one of those heart necklaces.  (And if he sincerely thought I’d like it.)

              AMEN to all of above!

            • MilaXX

              my sister says Jane’s stuff looks like butts and called them double butt jewelry

            • Anonymous

              That is funny. I always thought men just bought into the marketing around gift giving holidays and got this stuff even though most women do not want heart jewelry. However, maybe it’s the double butt that really draws them in.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

              AAAAGH! Butterflies!  My mother got divorced years ago and had her wedding ring stones (emerald-cut diamond and several baguettes) made into a gold and diamond butterfly on a necklace and proudly gave it to me.  I appreciate the thought and I’m sure it’s worth a fair amount, but I can’t bring myself to wear it.  Am I terrible for thinking about having the stones reset into something else after she’s gone?

            • Anonymous

              It’s now yours so I think you can feel free to do what you want with it after she’s gone.

              I agree about butterflies, but I do like dragonflies. Somehow they seem a bit edgier.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

              Interesting – I’m very fond of dragonfly jewelry, too.  I’m still mourning the pair of dragonfly earrings where one earring got lost.  Still looking for a replacement pair.  Maybe THAT’S what I should do with my mom’s diamonds.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              No, in fact, I would think it very nice if you have it reset — if you’ll never wear it in its current form, it’s better to have something that you will.

            • Anonymous

              No, you’re not terrible.

              And my mom was on the practical side and she once told me, as she gave me a gift of jewelry “Now, it’s better to have money in the bank, but if you ever have to sell these, try to do it when gold is high.”

              Some of my mom stories aren’t that endearing but on balance she was a pistol.

            • MilaXX

              No I think it’s the perfect way to upcycle a gift. Beats having it just sitting in the drawers.

        • MilaXX

          hearts. I detest heart jewelry.

        • Anonymous

          locks
          live-love-laugh
          silhouettes of children’s profiles
          mortar boards

          • Anonymous

            YES! Live love laugh, choke on charm. Blech!
            Also little gears that were manufactured to look like they were cleverly repurposed from old watches and apparently, there is only ONE pose that a gekko will strike and that has been reproduced in every available medium and color in existance.

          • Anonymous

            YES YES to ‘live-love-laugh’

        • Anonymous

          ANYthing Hello Kitty.  Especially on adult women.
          Anything Ed Hardy-esque.
          Kokopelli
          Dreamcatchers.  Unless you are from a Reservation.
          Angels.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

          flip flops
          martini glasses

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

            cats

        • Anonymous

          Owls.

        • Anonymous

          razor blades!

          Yes, I know they’ve been out for decades, but lately I’ve spotted them popping up. I believe they are meant to be ironic and referential, but YUCK.

          Now I’ve started looking around for those little spoons. Can they be far behind?

      • http://twitter.com/TwiterlessTerri Terri

        I also thought of Madonna all the way through.

    • http://twitter.com/MissAmynae Amy Putnam Ellinger

      I could get the exact same look off the clearance rack at Kohl’s. (with one or two exceptions- those delicate necklaces are actually quite pretty, and would probably still be regular-price)

    • Anonymous

      I know that these pieces must cost a million billion dollars, but they look very cheap to me. Charms and keys and (UGH) coins – no thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Irreverent. Sacrilegious. Blasphemous.

    • Anonymous

      My uncle runs his own jewelry store, and has been selling stuff like this for years.  Religious pendants are very traditional gifts for a child’s baptism, graduations, etc.  I’ve looked through some of his jewelry catalogs on occasions, and there are tons and tons of these things on the market already. 

      I guess what I’m saying is whether or not this sort of thing floats your boat, D&G are not being very original. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21413366 Evan Hart

      I think some of the simpler pieces are really lovely. I appear to be in the minority on that (at least so far), but I would wear a few of these pieces. (not that I could because teachers don’t make a D&G level salary…)

      • http://twitter.com/MissAmynae Amy Putnam Ellinger

        Agreed.  I’d wear that simple little heart necklace, for sure, or give it as a gift to my mother or little sister.

      • Anonymous

        I do like some of them. The black rose earrings, and a few others.

    • Anonymous

      The collection looks tailor-made for Monica Belucci.

    • Anonymous

      Ima have to pass on this collection.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

      So all I have to do is dig out some of the kajillion Blessed Mother medals and crosses I got in grade school, attach them to chains or earwires and people will think I’m wearing D&G?  Who knew.

      • Anonymous

        I said the same thing before I saw your comment. 

    • Anonymous

      I love every single piece.

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking these must look a gazillion times better when seen in person. A few of the pieces are kinda’ cool, but the charm earrings are a no-go for me. A lot of collections (such as jewelry, shoes and bags) I would never see if you guys didn’t showcase them for us. Thanks T Lo.

    • Pamela Heinzerling

      I look at these pieces and get the feeling I could find duplicates of each of them on Etsy.

      • Chantelle James

        And maybe even a few on regretsy.

        • Jasmine Moten

          CF4L

          • Anonymous

            Whoa!

    • Helen C

      They are actually kinda pretty.  But as a non-Christian I’d feel weird wearing them. 

    • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

      oh my grandma has had this same collection for years!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      How come they look so cheap?

    • Anonymous

      why not wear actual vintage stuff. this looks like crap.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Like it.  Very madonna too.  I love the mary earrings.

    • Anonymous

      These look cheap, they’re incredibly poorly photographed (the layout styling is terrible, and I get why they used the lace but it looks unprofessional), and it’s not in any way an original collection.

    • http://twitter.com/annaria Ria V

      I love that these match jewelry my granny gave me. 

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      My Mom would find these sacrilegious, I just find them a bit tacky, but the smaller heart earrings  (pics 7 and 11) are okay. I can wait for the JC Penney knock-off. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow.  I hate *all* of that.  Impressive.  

    • Anonymous

      like a lot of people, including T&L said- these are super italian.  if you were raised with any kind of italian/catholic background, you get it.  everyone raised catholic has some saint medals lying around in some drawer somewhere.  stylistically, these are just flat out italian.  over the top, gaudy italian- which has its own kind of fabulous.  think sofia loren.  

    • Anonymous

      I could never wear this stuff. I’m not Catholic enough to wear it sincerely and still too Carholic to wear it irreverently.

      • Anonymous

        That. You’ve expressed my feelings exactly.

        • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

          me too.

      • Anonymous

        Nice way of putting it. I hang onto a few last markers of my Catholicism nostalgically and regret the day (which I see coming) that I have to give up even that.

        Because they’re making it easier and easier to move from ‘lapsed’ to ‘former.’

    • Anonymous

      I hate most of it, but those rose drop earrings are pretty.

    • Anonymous

      No Fucking Way.  Hate each and every piece.  They look like the kind of “jools” you get from those gum machine type dispensers at the 7-11 – or the “jools” in the little cardboard treasure chest at the dentist office.  NO.

      • Anonymous

        Jools–lol!

    • Anonymous

      So these are probably the most economical option to replace the 75¢ Miraculous Medal that I misplaced last month. Yup.

    • Anonymous

      Eek: From the Wall Street Journal Online:

      By CHRISTINA BINKLEYMILAN—Dolce & Gabbana plans to launch a collection of jewelry—with prices as high as $20,000 or so for a necklace.Using rubies, black jade and freshwater pearls, the handmade gold pieces are new to the Milan-based fashion brand, which has been refocusing its efforts on the high end of the luxury industry.It is a sign of the times in the luxury industry: expensive products are selling best while the so-called “aspirational” market struggles. References to heritage and tradition abound among luxury brands these days.

    • Anonymous

      They look like leftover trinkets from the bargain bin at the 1$ store.

    • Anonymous

      These could hardly be farther from my style, but I love the sense of tradition behind several of them (primarily the pieces most reminiscent of Roman/Celtic jewelry). The stuff with hearts on it I think is stupid.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a long standing tradition here for people of the scummier sections of society to wear sovereign rings, huge bedecked hoop earrings, oversized crucifixes (if that’s their persuasion) and several tacky gold necklaces bearing a selection of the charms displayed here. They set off the white shell suit and the burberry baseball cap nicely!
      It’s good to know that when their lottery numbers come up and Symingtons gold shop, or Elizabeth Duke at Argos are too cheap for them, they have a more expensive alternative for their tastes!

      Basically I’m saying this is very expensive ned/chav jewellery. Tacky.

    • Anonymous

      Chip!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know, I think they’re fun.  Not for everyday wear, to be sure, but once in a while you wanna go a little 80′s-Madonna-Glam.

      I’m no practicing Catholic, nor am I religious in any way, shape, or form – But perhaps due to my schooling as an art history major combined with a family heritage of Irish Catholicism, I always have a soft spot for the devoutly mystical Catholic iconography of the pre-Renaissance. The images are always so evocative for me, especially the female saints.  The troubling Catholic legacy of misogyny coupled with the respect and reverence afforded these women is so interesting and complex.

      /end philosophizing

      These are reverently irreverent, which I enjoy.  

    • M Carlson

      Love the necklaces

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

      Don’t think I’d buy any of that for myself, but I wouldn’t turn down that charm bracelet if it was a gift! They should stay away from keys, though. Tiffany OWNS it with key necklaces.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      OTT, but I suppose that was the point… My very religious sister (we call her The Pope behind her back) would love these.

    • Anonymous

      You can take this Italian-American girl out of the Catholic Church, but you can’t take the Italian/Catholic Church’s love of sacrilegious bling out of this girl. I think some of these are kind of fun!

    • Anonymous

      Not impressed.  Go to the Catholic shop and get some alot cheaper.  And enough with the charm bracelets.  Always hated them.

    • Anonymous

      My mother was raised Catholic and I inherited a ton of saint’s medals from her and my grandfather. Clearly I could start my own jewelry line. I can’t say that I’d wear any of this–I’m not Catholic and it would make me uncomfortable. Seems disrespectful. 

      I like the black rose earrings, but they’re nothing special and I think I wore something very similar back in 1985. 

    • Pennymac

      The magpie in me adores the dangling charms that probably tinkle and chime when you wear them. LOVE!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      I don’t see any saints on these, other than Mary. I see Mary (The Immaculate Conception medal–the patron saint of Motorcycle Riders, by the way) and other Mary images and an angel.  Here are some saints and the low down on the Miraculous Medal (the Immaculate Conception medal is famously called the Miraculous Medal):
      http://heavenhelpus.etys.com

    • Anonymous

      That is some tacky, tacky stuff right there, yo. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the religious element, I just can’t believe they’re doing that overdone little amulet-charm thing, and HEARTS? I mean, HEARTS? 

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      UG. LY.

    • Anonymous

      Virgins, Saints & Angels already do this idea and do a far better job of it.  This stuff looks cheap and tacky, imho.

    • Anonymous

      Ultra-chintzy. You’re better off going to a Catholic store and buying a couple of nice rosaries and wearing them instead.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      I took a closer look, and for the record: no saints (except for Mary, who is a saint).  It’s the Miraculous Medal (Mary with grace flowing from her hands), two angels, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (also Mary)
       

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully they actually look not so much like cheap tourist crap.

    • Anonymous

      Lord. I need to see these on young, attractive people.  The charm earrings look silly to me.

      Most of the rest look like something I’d find in the ancient jewelry boxes or the talcum-dusted top drawers of my elderly female relatives. (Well, they WERE my elderly female relatives. They’re now mostly my dead female relatives.) Right next to the commemorative rosary blessed by Pope John XXIII. (The one who died in 1963).

    • Anonymous

      for people with more money than taste:  ick.

    • Anonymous

      Fabulously tacky. Love it!

    • Anonymous

      meh