As you may know by now I have a passion for beautiful things. One of the beautiful things I love is jewelry. Oh, how I love it…big, opulent, sparkly, over-the-top and original! I don’t like wearing something that everyone else has in their jewelry box. So I did some digging online, googling this and that, and little did I know I was about to find my jewelry soul mate: Mona Zibellini of Zibellini.com.
Mona is a designer who makes “high quality handmade accessories and designer-inspired clothing at affordable prices.” I love her description of the website name: ” Zibellini is an Italian word meaning “sable” – a rare animal which was used for making furs for the Royalties of the past. Therefore, with all my designs, I want women to feel like Royalty, like a Queen!” I’m down for being a Queen for sure. Mona brilliantly designs jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, crowns, clothing and more. The minute I found her website it was like finding buried treasure (which is what some of her work looks like it is made of.)
Having followed Mona online for a bit, I finally reached out to her to ask about her style, the jewelry, and her audience. As an artist, Mona didn’t have any formal training. “I didn’t finish any classes for jewelry making. I just started out of the blue and didn’t know anything about it. At the beginning it all looked like kids projects, but I didn’t give up on myself and truly enjoyed creating. What was the most exciting is my evolution. I grew up not only as a craft maker but spiritually as well,” she said. I personally know many artists I went to art school with at VCU who majored in Crafts/Jewelry and never did anything this unique or beautiful. Seriously!
I wanted to know what kind of things inspire her to make such beautiful creations. “As any woman with some eccentric taste, I have always been into chunky massive jewelry which was mission-impossible to find, so my own dresses inspired me to make something unusual for myself. I always loved cherubs for two reasons: first I do believe in personal angels. Secondly it’s like my “old memories” from my past lives because whatever I do with cherubs always comes easily. It doesn’t take hours to create something with them. Baroque themes are my most fav. I just REMEMBER how vintage pieces should look like and use my memory, envisioning the piece.” I feel the same way when it comes to my love of angels and anything opulent and over-the-top. (If you look at my Beautiful Things board on Pinterest you’ll see how my style is a little sparkly!)
You may notice immediately that Mona’s work is very similar to creations by Dolce & Gabbana.
“As Dolce & Gabbana made a collection with an influence of baroque, it became my challenge to create something that Dolce & Gabbana could have made and never did,” Mona says. The way she creates items that appear to be famous designer works, she says, is the same way that famous Art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi creates paintings that look like priceless works of long ago. You can watch this video to see how Beltracchi makes paintings that he thinks Cezanne, for example, should have painted, but didn’t. It’s the same with Mona Zibellini and her impressions of D&G designs. Whatever your opinion of either of them is, you cannot deny the true talent and craftsmanship of them both artists.
Each of her designs are so delicately and intricately made. You can’t help but be overwhelmed by the originality that oozes from her pieces. “Searching for and using supplies from all over the world, hunting for vintage treasure pieces; I enjoy re-purposing, giving it a new life but keeping the history, the story of what it was and now is.” She adds that sometimes her husband helps her if she needs to cut some pieces with a special dangerous machine or to make molds. Even her 11-year-old daughter has made a few pieces herself! I guess creativity runs in the family.
I do hope you will visit Zibellini.com and see how many beautiful things she has created. Collect some of her pieces and you will never have to worry about anyone else having the same thing on that you do, that’s for sure! If you agree that jewelry is another way to express your style, then let me know what you think by commenting below. I’d love to hear your feedback on my new favorite designer, Mona Zibellini!