Francis de Lara is the world’s first fine jewellery eyewear house, which now continues its evolution with traditional jewellery forms – from earrings to rings to necklaces – to complete its offering.
The eyewear pieces are patiently handmade from precious metals and gemstones. Each one is totally unique and takes between 250 and 750 hours to make. An exacting attention to detail ensures each piece is of the highest quality.
The first collection, ‘Ribbons and Serpents’, consists of pieces formed from 24 karat gold, sterling silver, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, garnets, tourmaline and kunzite, along with accents of precious ebony. All materials are responsibly sourced. Each eyewear style is limited to an edition of 12: never will one piece be the same gemstone and metal colour combination again, ensuring that every single piece is absolutely one of a kind.
Francis de Lara harks back to jewellery of the Renaissance era, but in the unexpected and delightful shape of eyewear, which did not exist at that time, and is now the world’s most popular accessory.
“Whilst living in Florence to study jewellery design at the esteemed Metallo Nobile, I sauntered over to the Palazzo Pitti or the Uffizi many a day. As I was looking at all of the beautiful Renaissance paintings: royalty and clergy adorned in incredible jewellery and clothing, I thought to myself, “What kind of sunglasses would they have worn if they had had them?” That idea developed into the idea of these jewellery-glasses: some for sun, and some for evening with clear to lightly tinted lenses that a woman can don with a simple black tuxedo or a stunning red-carpet gown, to make a bold and beautiful statement, as an alternative to the more traditional necklace or brooch.”
“I chose to use emeralds and rubies from Gemfields not only because they have a huge variety of gemstones, but primarily because responsible sourcing and sustainability are of the utmost importance not only to Francis de Lara as a brand, but to me as an individual,” says John-Paul Pietrus, founder of the Francis de Lara fine jewellery label. “I try very hard to be responsible and community aware in all aspects of my life, and this extends to my jewellery,” he continues.