Massimo Gismondi, Creative Director and CEO of Gismondi 1754, received a Design Award at the ceremony held Saturday evening at the Wynn Hotel for his one-of-a-kind Raggio di Sole necklace, inspired by the morning sun . Gismondi 1754 was also a finalist for tonight’s People’s Choice Award and a former winner of the Prix de la Haute Couture in 2019 for its Essenza Collection collar necklace with a single removable tassel earring.
Raggio di Sole was inspired during lockdown in 2020 early in the morning at his chalet in Valtournenche over coffee as the sun rose behind the mountain peak. The piece is his interpretation of the first rays creating a crown behind the mountain as it began to light up the sky.
“For me, this ‘raggio di sole’ represented a magical rebirth of life and the importance of starting over every day with love and passion for the people we love and have lost,” said Massimo Gismondi. “Creating this special piece of jewelry was an incredibly complex process and I am so honored to be recognized by the judges at Couture for the artistry and soul it represents.”
Built with Gismondi DNA, the sunbeam started with the center stone, a 5 ct stone. Fancy yellow pear cut diamond that reflects the brilliance of the sun. It is surrounded by 3 rings of matching yellow diamonds from which a burst of rays emits. Each stone is set in a unique basket created as a shell supporting from bottom to top so that the metal disappears and the stones appear to float. Not all spokes are completely rigid, some start to move as they move away from the center. Each with a different length, Massimo used gradient diamonds from yellow hues to brilliant white, with some intermittent and unexpected hits of yellow representing the lack of uniformity in each beam.