Photo Courtesy of Paolo CostagliTo say that Paolo Costagli has a passion for his business would be an understatement. The luxury jewelry designer has over 25 years of experience in the industry, and is continually inspired by his surroundings. Raised and educated in Florence, the Italian designer credits his unique style to the culturally rich and sophisticated environment that he grew up in.
After attending Florence’s formal private schools and spending weekends in the Tuscan countryside, Costagli attended the Gemological Institute of America to pursue his love for colored gemstones through its Graduate Gemologist program. He then got his hands dirty by digging in the emerald mines of Colombia, which prepared him to become the chief buyer of a major emerald exporting company. When he finally moved to New York, Costagli began drawing from his influences and experiences to create his unique jewelry collection. His atelier on the city’s renowned Fifth Avenue is a true testament to his passion, dedication, and refined taste for luxury jewelry.
His collection called VeryPC is the essence of the Paolo Costagli brand, as it’s inspired in particular by the three cities that inspired him most as an artist. “Florentine” is a true testament to city he was raised in, full of intensely-colored jewels that channel the romantic city’s botanical gardens. The essence of Venice can be seen in the “Brillante” collection through the geometrically-shaped pieces that pay homage to the tiles that can be found in the city’s Doge’s Palace.
Finally, what better way to represent New York City than the classically chic combination of black and white that will never goes out of style? The jewels in “Bianco e Nero” are just that: black diamonds and jade with accents of pave diamond studs that have us instantly thinking of Holly Golightly. With pieces ranging in price from $1,250 to $29,000, the VeryPC Collection is available at Costagli’s atelier on Fifth Avenue in New York City.