The Villa Madama Collection
As the days grow longer, the sun’s warmth strengthens. It brings life and soon colors herald the arrival of Spring’s sweet blush. Thinking about nature—gardens in general and one in particular—influenced this collection.
On a recent jaunt to Italy I had the pleasure of visiting Villa Madama, situated on a picturesque hill just outside of Rome, Italy. Built during the Renaissance, the villa is well known for its architecture and surrounding terraced gardens. Those gardens have a rich history. They influenced not only Italian architects but also the French who adopted the Italian style of ordering and taming nature into structured geometric plantings and pathways.
That idea that nature can be captured and molded to aesthetic perfection has stuck with us, and anyone with a green thumb will tell you that it is a never-ending pursuit—gardens left untended revert back to their natural form with unruly vines and flowers growing wherever warmth and water provide nourishment. As I approached this collection, the use of natural materials such as horn, coupled with my signature blend of sapphires and other semi-precious stones hand-set in sterling silver struck me similarly.
For me, The Villa Madama collection is a snapshot of the multitude of inhabitants that populate a garden, whether it be fantastically overgrown and wild, or carefully nurtured and formed into an orderly paradise. Whatever your preference, enjoy the newest collection from M.C.L.