CENTO PER CENTO CACHEMIRE
Haute couture jewelry mixing precious stones with lavish fabrics
Haute Couture Jewelry is the best way to describe this innovative brand. The combinations and materials of this striking jewelry dress a woman’s look in impressive ways. This is Made in Italy with a passion for details and quality, in a new design concept that bridges jewelry and fashion. Centopercentocachemire’s artistry combines cashmere, silk, linen and cotton weave, with pearls and stones, all carefully threaded and hung by hand in a soft web by Italy’s most skilled artisans. Centopercentocachemire is tailored jewelry that alternates cashmere yarn with cotton and linen in winter, and silks threads in the summer.
Designed and created for women who love to express themselves in bold ways, Centopercentocachemire can dress a basic look transforming it into a seductive show stopper. By sourcing and selecting the finest yarns and threads, and combining them with precious stones and exquisite metals of the highest quality, the effect is sculptural and extremely flattering. Annabella Santese, the designer behind this jewelry, blends traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary aesthetic, to a striking effect. She gathers materials from all over Italy: cashmere from Biella, bronze from Arezzo, silk from Como, and prides herself on offering a superior product that combines quality with an eye for impressive design.
In her atelier she employs knitters as well as metal smiths who have learned their craft from the best schools, or have simply apprenticed and learned from family members who have passed down their skills. It has been said that her jewelry is like inviting Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Isabella Rossellini, and Monica Bellucci into one’s closet and taking on their striking femininity, their strength, and their elegance. Centopercentocachemire’s collections are glamour incarnate.
Predominantly focused on creating necklaces, the designs have a tribal and regal appeal that evokes empresses from ancient times. The use of feathered metals that cascade in multiple rows, move with the body in sinuous ways. The fabric strings embellish a pearl necklace by creating a peekaboo effect that animates a woman’s neckline and cleavage. The hammered metal cuffs are intricate, simulating a patterned weave. Metal, tubular chokers with pearl baubles and pendants shaped like leaves, flattened and finished with a see through bead, combine multiple elements evoking primary forces.
Red tassels are used in imaginative ways, the color matching the back of the necklace as metal beading and black fabric hang loose, and long. In a geometric display, large spheres, flattened and woven with fabric into a mesh, in two strands — one shorter and one longer — are an ideal way to dress a white tee or tank top. The combinations are endless. Centopercentocachemire animates jewelry to such effect that, from a single long strand of pearls balanced on a spherical stone and held by a black ribbon, to the explosion of curlicue strands which cascade from a woven beaded choker, each necklace is hypnotic.