Women In Jewelry: Ilaria Lanzoni, Director of Design at Hearts On Fire
By Kiley Schiffman Storrs
Hearts On Fire diamonds are known all over the world for their brilliance and sparkle. However, anyone who has purchased a diamond engagement ring or a piece of diamond jewelry can tell you that a stone, regardless of how brilliant, is only part of the total picture.
The manner in which the stone are set, the design motifs used, and even the wearability of the piece all contribute to the statement that serves to showcase the world’s most perfectly cut diamonds. Hearts On Fire understands that without a talented designer, their diamonds would merely be brilliant solitaires.
So, who do they trust to make their “perfect” stones look even more magnificent? Ilaria Lanzoni
Since 2012, Ilaria has worked as the Director of Design for Hearts On Fire. Instantly identifiable by her full head of curly hair and her gigawatt smile, Ilaria executes the vision of a brand where “the diamonds speak for themselves.” “My job is to add more distinctive design, to make the brand more recognizable,” states Lanzoni.
Ilaria was born and raised in San Daniele del Friuli in northeast Italy, approximately ninety minutes from Venice. At the early age of eighteen, she moved to Rome to study jewelry design and later accepted a position at Asprey Fine Jewelry in London.
At Asprey, Ilaria helped to launch new collections for the nearly 250-year-old brand, firmly kicking off her successful career in the world of jewelry design. Years later, Ilaria joined Garrard’s Fine Jewelry in London as a Senior Designer, working closely with Stephen Webster on a variety of pieces and collections now seen around the world.
But it wasn’t until 2012, that she made the trip to the United States and was named the Director of Design at Hearts On Fire. Bringing classical jewelry training, European elegance, and Italian inspiration to the brand, it’s now known now for more than just diamonds.
As Director of Design, Ilaria has been challenged with producing collections that resonate with audiences around the world – from the US to Europe and even Asia. Inspiration boards fill the walls, desks, and any open space in her office, highlighting architecture, fabric, and close-ups from her recent adventures – the details that inspire her newest pieces.
Translating those inspirational intricacies and influential minutiae to wearable art is where Ilaria truly stands out. Her ability to blend thematic elements interwoven with current design trends creates collections which are both classically appealing and simultaneously in vogue.
Ilaria’s first two collections with Hearts On Fire were inspired by her past and present. Immediately struck by the unique architecture and ironwork of her new home in Boston – she developed a versatile collection meant to be worn day to night called “Copley” – a tribute the city’s thriving square in downtown Boston.
Her second collection, “Illa”(Ilaria’s childhood nickname), was created with her memories from childhood in the Italian countryside in mind. Inspired by the night sky above her home in Italy, Ilaria designed pieces encouraging women to reach for their dreams, to bring stars to life in pursuit of their passion. The Illa collection ranges from solitaire pendants to the stunning Constellation bracelet, composed of 537 individual diamonds. After all, dreams come in all shapes and sizes, right?
Following her initial offerings, Ilaria designed and released two additional collections in 2013 – “Atlantico” and “Lorelei” – both that sought to capture the strength and power of a constantly moving sea as well as the timeless elegance of infinity shapes, bows, and blooming flowers.
With the release of “Aerial” in 2014, Ilaria shifted the foundation of jewelry design at the company. For years, Hearts On Fire only released pieces that featured round and “Dream” (square) cut diamonds. In order to broaden their offerings, Ilaria designed pieces that “originated from the atmosphere”, creating rain drop, sun, and snowflake motifs by combining varying sized diamonds to make the shapes appear. Creating the unique illusion of marquise and pear shaped stones with innovative design, “Aerial” is a fashion forward blend of mystery and charm. It is no wonder Ilaria herself wears the Eclipse pendant regularly
Ilaria’s most recent collection “Triplicity” was released in 2016 after her transition to New York City. Edgy, modern, and sophisticated, the pieces of “Triplicity” invoke the spires of sky scrapers and the art deco masterpieces of Manhattan and are sure to make any woman stand out in a crowd.
With six collections released, two new hometowns, and a unique desire to experience life, Ilaria Lanzoni is poised to expand on the success of her first half decade with Hearts On Fire. The Italian with the big personality and the office full of picture boards is steadily becoming a staple of luxury jewelry design.
Coupled with the brilliance of amazing stones, her pieces are sure to inspire awe, passion, and desire for years to come. See her collections in person at one of our Shreve & Co. locations or schedule a private viewing here.