Monday, April 27, 2009


Guten Tag! (Good afternoon. I hope I got that right.)

For today's featured designer, Tamara Comolli, we are in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, standing inside the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle.

Tamara Comolli's jewelry is happy jewelry and I say that because the colors she incorporates in her designs are bright and vivid. This aspect of her aesthetic reminds me somewhat of Ippolita Rostagno.

I love the pop of color. Her gemstone choices such as blue Peruvian turquoise, green tourmaline and mandarin garnets, intensify and beautify the glow of the gold in her pieces.

The characteristics of her design choices stem largely from travel during her childhood. A progeny of high-society and glamour--her father managed casinos in Spain, Gibraltar, and France--Comolli developed a taste for luxurious gemstones.

Possessing a natural flair for design, as a child she used family heirlooms to create modern jewelry items. However, as an adult Comolli studied Business Administration and Advertising at the University of Munich, and worked for a management and advertising consulting firm for five years; but in 1991 that all changed when she quit her job to become a jewelry designer.

Comolli, an avid collector of gemstones, travels frequently to mines to gather them and expand her knowledge of them as well.

By 1992, she combined her business expertise and passion for gemstones and launched the Tamara Comolli Fine Jewelry Collection; and in 2008, she opened her first U.S. boutique located in Southampton, New York.
Photo 1 (top left): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Mikado Mandarin Ring with Pink and Rose Pink Tourmaline and Mandarin Garnet
Photo 2 (bottom right): Mikado and Roulette Gemstone Bracelet
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