Three years ago, Venice was hit by a flood that also destroyed the pulpit of St. Mark's Basilica in such a way that a renovation became inevitable. The Italian jewelry house Pomellato decided to bear the costs for this. Matching this, two rings called Iconica Venezia are now available, which take up the artistic details of the pulpit. Made of rose gold with either red porphyry and garnet or green porphyry and tourmaline. Teaming up with non-for-profit organization Venetian Heritage Foundation to help restore the monument dedicated to Francesco Morosini, who was named the city’s doge in 1688.
Destructive flooding hit Venice, Italy on November 12, when the second highest water level on record inundated over 80% of the historic city at 10:50 pm local time. Damage was in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including Venice’s iconic Saint Mark’s Square was inundated by more than one meter of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark’s Basilica was flooded for the only the sixth time in 1200 years. St. Mark's Basilica, known in Italian as Basilica di San Marco and popularly as San Marco Basilica, is a medieval church in Venice. It is devoted to honoring the remains of St. Mark, the patron Saint of Venice. The Basilica is the pride of Venice and its history dates back to the 9th century.
Pomellato was founded in Milan in 1967 by Pino Rabolini – the heir to his family’s goldsmith legacy. Introducing the prêt-à-porter philosophy to the traditionally conservative world of jewelry; Rabolini revolutionized women’s fashion choices while shaping Pomellato with a powerful, fashion-forward identity. Fifty years later, his jubilant, distinctive designs have grown to be revered both in Italy and across the international jewelry landscape. To celebrate
the restoration of the Epistle Amboin St. Mark's Basilica, Pomellato’s creative director, Vincenzo Castaldo, has designed Iconica Venezia, a collection of limited edition rings that will be sold exclusively at the brand’s boutique in Venice, which began Sept. 7. The 18-karat rose gold rings are to come in three finger sizes, and there are two designs. One will be set with garnet and red porphyry, inspire d by the Ambo. The other is to have green tourmaline and green porphyry, inspired by the basilica’s mosaic floors. “The combination between red and green porphyry has a great appeal,” Mr. Castaldo wrote in an email. “Creating Iconica Venezia was a challenging and exciting project, as always when using new materials rarely found in mainstream jewelry.”