ABOUT GIGI FERRANTI
GiGi Ferranti’s fine jewelry collection combines the symmetry of geometric lines and architectural influences, all interpreted with GiGi’s finely tuned delicate yet powerful, feminine aesthetic. Her Italian heritage figures into all aspects of her designs from the souvenirs of jewelry brought back from her grandparents when she was a child to the awe she felt when visiting her ancestor’s homeland and seeing the great ancient architecture throughout Italy. “The beauty of how the friezes, cathedral stained glass windows and ornamental lines and Forms interrelate continues to influence my collection since it’s launch in 2015.”
GiGi admits to being “one of those kids who was adorned in jewelry even as an infant. “My first piece was a baby bangle bracelet that was adjustable and expanded as you grew. I also had my ears pierced very early on. GiGi explains, “All of my early jewelry was given to me by my grandparents who would bring back gifts whenever they visited relatives ‘back home.’ I still have some of the jewelry today and when I look at it, it brings back such great memories.” She continues, “ For me, the significance attached to precious metals and gemstones –pieces that you can wear contain so much more meaning than other art forms,”
Although her past was filled with connections to jewelry, she began her career in fashion and eventually became co-owner of a luxury boutique in Brooklyn, where she dressed women from head-to-toe. GiGi decided to switch gears when the neighborhood of the store began to change and she was also going through a personal evolution in her life. “Sometimes you just need to move a few things around and rearrange what is not working anymore for what might.” She smiles. Her initial love for jewelry led her to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) where she gained the knowledge she required to launch her collection.
But before I did, “I created one of my most meaningful pieces—it was my very first piece while in class at GIA. It was actually a re-design of a man’s tigers-eye ring in 14K yellow gold. I sketched the new design and sourced diamonds and a green tourmaline, which was striking with the tiger’s eye. In the new modern setting, it really came out the way I had envisioned. It was my dad’s ring and I was a bit nervous but he was thrilled and instead of sitting in an old box as it had done before the redesign, he wears it everyday.” GiGi explains.
“In addition to her ever evolving design aesthetic, GiGi associates precious jewelry with milestones in a woman’s life, from heirlooms to gifts to jewels purchased for achievements for oneself.
Her designs are built for maximum versatility. “Feminine doesn’t have to mean fussy, says GiGi, who adds pretty vibrant gemstones to her more graphic, angular shapes. “Jewelry should represent today’s woman-modern, powerful and strong—yet at the same time, sentimental, reflective and sensitive to the world around her,” says the designer who embodies all that she strives for in her designs.
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2017 Spring/Summer Campaign
GIGI only uses reputable diamond and gemstone suppliers that stricly adhere to the requirements of the Kimberley Process.
The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme is a process introduced by the United Nations in 2003. It was created to insure that all rough-cut diamonds originate from sources which are Conflict-Free. Under the terms of the KPCS, participating states must meet the minimum requirements and must put in place national legislation and institutions; export, import, and internal controls; and also commit to transparency and the exchange of data. The KPCS imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as conflict-free and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade.The United States participates in the KPCS.