A meeting of minds: so far yet so close. Close because of the emotions they stir up, far because of the fascinating way they interpret their concepts of beauty, spirituality and poetry: His homeland, Siracusa, Sicily, serves as a muse for Massimo Izzo while Parisian designer Sylvie Corbelin likes to play with material and light.
We met them together at a fine jewellery salon that welcomed us with open arms one crisp Paris morning. Massimo’s inspiration is lively, spirited and Mediterranean while Sylvie’s is mysterious, religious and alchemic. We loved their unity in telling the story of arte joaillerie and the wisdom and confidence needed to give fine jewellery a modern twist by combining warrior and fragile instincts, secret ingredients of seduction, poetry and passion.
They both have the ability to transmit messages that are enormously intense and full of meaning through stones and shapes. Massimo Izzo favours rough stones like morganite, Iranian green turquoise, aquamarine and coral. He also favours icons in the Mediterranean like shells cast from gold and amber and finished with diamonds.
Mysticism leads the way for Sylvie via disquieting designs, with her Trésor, Fascination and Initiée collections and her “cabinet” of one-of-a-kind pieces. She only uses gold and precious stones as well as mother of pearl, moonstone, turquoise, tiger’s eye and ebony.
Two parallel universes that capture the same dynamic and synergy, offering their sense of beauty and never losing that special something, that boldness that allows them to take part in the Haute Joaillerie universe.
Text by Federica Frosini
October 5th, 2014