The Inside Skinny on IPPOLITA Earrings
Italian artist and jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno founded the brand IPPOLITA in 1999 in an effort to merge comfort, fashion, and color into a fine jewelry line. The sculptor studied at Florence's Istituto d'Arte for 5 years, then applied her craft to a unique jewelry line that blends the look of Florentine costume jewelry with fine gems. If you're looking to purchase fine jewelry, consider these pieces of fashion art on eBay.What types of earrings does IPPOLITA craft?
The jewelry brand hand crafts one-of-a-kind pieces for its lines. IPPOLITA creates studs, hoops, ear jackets, ear climbers, drop earrings, threaders, and statement pieces. These earrings come in a variety of fastener styles as well. Some IPPOLITA earrings may be worn by those who do not have pierced ears. Others require pierced ears. You'll find closures including butterfly, hook, lever back, Omega back, and screw back.Metals Rostagno uses to sculpt and craft these earrings
The base materials used for these new or vintage IPPOLITA earrings include precious metals of gold, rose gold, silver, and IPPOLITA rosé, which is a proprietary alloy developed by Rostagno that blends 18k gold, 18k rose gold, and sterling silver. At least one uses green gold. The gold designs use either 14K or 18K gold. Some designs are fashioned solely from precious metal. These are hammered into ovals, squares, or discs. The artist occasionally creates cameos but uses animal themes for the cameo face, including a series of butterfly designs.Gemstones Rostagno uses to sculpt and craft these earrings
The earrings use stones cut by a gemstone expert and hand-faceted. These designs each include at least one gemstone in the design, but many combine multiple gemstones. The artist/designer uses the following gems most often:
She also uses London blue, blue and Swiss blue topaz, black shell, chrysoprase, clear and smoky quartz, and sapphires in unusual hues of pink, yellow, and orange. Rostango approaches jewelry making as she does her artwork, integrating materials not commonly found in fine jewelry such as carnelian and tsavorite. She blends this with more widely accepted gems like gold citrine, hematite, lapis, and lapis lazuli. You can also find pieces with birthstone gems like mother-of-pearl, peridot, and ruby. She has also experimented with integrating resin, amazonite, pyrite, milky tanzanite, white moonstone, and red agate into the designs offered.Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by IPPOLITA.