Cappella Palatina - Where Worlds Meet

Unparalled in its detail, untouchable in its splendour, the Cappella Palatina, at the heart of Palermo's Palazzo Reale, was to become my refuge for many hours. I perched on a pew with my sketchbook in hand, trying obsessively to turn the Byzantine mosaics into a wearable modern design.

HyperFocal: 0 Inspiration behind the Cappella Palatina design

 

Originally built by the Arabs, it was restored by the Normans (and later rescued by the Spanish Viceroys), the Cappella Palatina is a symbol of unification. It was the Normans who made Arab, Norman, Muslim, Jewish and Christian artisans work side by side to create the magnificent mosaic interior with its stalacite honeycomb ceiling. It reads like a patchwork tapestry of Sicily's oscillating past.

This is how I came to understand the overlapping spirals in the geometric chapel design: the four corners of the earth becoming intimately and irreversibly connected. Our stunning collection tells the same story. A powerful gift, the Cappella Palatina represents different souls coming together in perfect harmony.

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Large Cappella Palatina Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond Pendant

Small Cappella Palatina Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Small Cappella Palatina Diamond Pendant

Small Cappella Palatina Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond Pendant

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