This year, the wildly popular jewelry designer Tamara Comolli is celebrating her 20th anniversary in business. Born in Germany and raised on a beach in Spain, she designed her first line of bracelets at the tender age of 17; by age 28 she had launched her company. Today, her fine jewelry collection, which is handcrafted in Italy, is available at select Neiman Marcus stores and fine jewelry salons, as well as four independent Tamara Comolli boutiques, including stores in Southampton, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida.
Comolli’s designs fill a special niche in the world of fine jewelry – a mix of high-low luxe that almost defies categorization. Devoted to “casual luxury,” Comolli is known for combining 18K gold and precious gemstones with leather cords and natural elements. She is also her label’s best ambassador and model. Often photographed in gauzy tunics with jeans, Comolli layers on her TC pieces with studied abandon. “Hippie Glam” is how she describes the collection in a recent video, a term that also reflects her unique personal style.
It takes a certain kind of confidence to hang a diamond leaf on a leather cord, and the self-taught Comolli is rarely seen without this particular bejeweled talisman. Her “Forbidden Paradise” diamond pendant is actually the back detail of a belt she entered in the DeBeers Design Awards competition ten years ago; needless to say, it won! Comolli cites nature, especially the beach, as her jewelry inspiration. Her signature drop-of-water-shaped charm is a touchstone she comes back to season after season; as is the acorn, a popular charm available in many “color stories.”
Classic…colorful…timeless…playful…Comolli’s fine jewelry designs are eminently collectible. Devotees mix layers of leather and gold bracelets, and add on charms each season to pendants they have long loved. Eschewing the matchy-matchy look of traditional jewelry suites, Comolli urges her clients to create an individualized style by combining different pieces from her many collections. Look for Rose Gold, a color that enhances all skin tones, she says; sapphires in all hues – including pinks, blues and oranges; and her recently launched Ocean Jasper collection – earth-toned stones from Madagascar that can only be harvested at low tide!
If you happen to be celebrating the holidays in Southampton or Naples, be sure to attend the Tamara Comolli trunk shows listed below.
Happy Anniversary, Tamara!
TAMARA COMOLLI “HOLIDAY PREVIEW”
November 29 – 30, 2013, Tamara Comolli Boutique, Southampton, NY
TAMARA COMOLLI MINI JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW
December 21, 2013, Marissa Collections, Naples, FL