I’ve always loved the arts, harbored a deep reverence for cultural heritage and appreciated beauty in all its forms so it should come as no surprise that I’m such a fan of Co.Ro. Jewels. These wearable treasures are handcrafted by artisans in Rome and inspired by architectural styles and artistic movements, from the New York of the Roaring Twenties and Classical Rome of the Ancient Empire to the Far East with its golden pagodas. Co.Ro. is one of my favorite shops in the Eternal City and I can’t help sharing its story with friends, travelers, artists and anyone who is inspired by creativity, fine craftsmanship and an innovative spirit that fuses old and new to create something truly fresh and original.
Co.Ro. Jewels is the brainchild of Costanza De Cecco and Giulia Giannini, two Rome-born designers with a shared passion to translate architectural forms into wearable works of art, or architecture-a-porter. The two are not only business partners and savvy entrepreneurs but best friends who studied architecture together before developing a passion for jewelry design and bridging the two realms. The name stands for Piazza del Collegio Romano, where Costanza and Giulia met during high school, and also literally translates to choir: “like orchestra leaders, Co.Ro. unifies, sets the tempo and creatively shapes the outcome of the ensemble, composed by fine Italian artisans instead of musicians”.
I discovered the brand while I was working on The HUNT Rome travel guide and became immediately transfixed by the imagination of each accessory: how lines, forms and volumes were used in unconventional ways to create something futuristic, yet rooted in the past. It’s hard to strike a balance between edgy and daring but easy to wear and Co.Ro. does this flawlessly making them the perfect complement to any outfit (and a great wearable souvenir).
Co.Ro’s jewelry designs are heavily inspired by the city of Rome, in particular its lesser-known sites such as the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in EUR, Nervi’s iconic Palazzetto dello Sport in Flaminio and the ancient Roman aqueducts in south Rome. One of the most popular lines honors the Gazometro, Rome’s abandoned gasometer in Ostiense, today an integral part of Rome’s contemporary skyline. The industrial structure has been recreated into a variety of jewels, including rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, chokers and more available in gold, sterling silver, bronze and ruthenium.
The latest collection Crossroads features gemstones and enamels that add a pop of color to the inventive forms, while the Mediterranea line continues to expand to include include jewels inspired by Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ponza. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to pick up in Rome, don’t miss stopping by Co.Ro. to peruse this little boutique of treasures.
Via della Scrofa, 52, 00186 Roma RM
+39 06 4893 0454