Italian jeweller Gismondi1754 has collaborated with British designer company Catherine Walker & Co on its latest creation.
Gismondi1754 has designed a special jewel entitled ‘Butterfly’ – a delicate and feminine pendant comprising natural rubies and a navette cut diamond resting in the centre – to pay tribute to the British couturier’s 40th anniversary.
The limited edition ruby and diamond Butterfly necklace will be priced at £2,500 and 20% of each sale will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven, the charity founded by Catherine Walker & Co co-founder and head of design Said Cyrus and his wife Catherine Walker.
The desire of the two brands to join forces dates back to last year and creative director Massimo Gismondi worked closely with Said Cyrus on the special design.
Gismondi shares: “From my very first conversation with Said, I felt a special connection with Catherine Walker & Co and we explored together how to create a piece that represents a little of what we both stand for: excellence in craft – and our personalities: discrete and passionately committed to all things of beauty. The butterfly is an icon for Catherine Walker & Co – integral to its brand identity and using rubies was an obvious choice, given the House is celebrating 40 years.”
The Butterfly necklace has been crafted in 18ct white gold with natural rubies ct. 1,24 and a white diamond, navette cut, ct. 0,30 in the centre.
Cyrus adds: “I was delighted when Gismondi1754 approached me and it has been such a honour to have Massimo personally design the piece. The butterfly is a motif I chose a while ago for Catherine Walker & Co as it felt like a fitting representation of what we do, embracing elegance and grace. There is also a delicacy and fragility to a butterfly’s movements which, on a more personal level, reminds me of my late wife. “