The story behind
our collections

The Milano collection

The first stop is the fashion capital of the world, Milano. With the intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed Italian cappuccinos, Natascha and Julian were enthralled to view firsthand the famous glass dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, probably the world’s first fully covered luxury mall. That unique glass-domed roof has been mirrored by using a domed-shaped precious stone, which we hand facet to mimic the glass inlaid tiles that give light to the awe-inspiring Galleria dome.

Tirisi had, due to the world-famous iconic dome, their very first and most important design, and very quickly, the pen was put to paper to finalize the Milano Collection project. Little did the couple realize then that the most recognizable and dramatic site in Milano would become their most iconic design, the most recognizable pieces in the Tirisi lineup, and the most sold collection to date.

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THE VENICE COLLECTION

With the Milano mission completed, the excited couple could move on to enchanting Venice. What could be more romantic than to charter a gondola and float down Venice's most celebrated Grand Canal waterway, viewing the enchanting palazzos from the water? As luck would have it, the knowledgeable gondolier, Pietro, the proud owner of one of Venice's oldest gondolas, was ready to captain us through living history. Sitting comfortably on the shiny black boat, gondolier Pietro helped Natascha and Julian explore and discover the magical secrets of ancient Venice. With love and great respect for his dynamic/watery city and armoured with a mine of knowledge, Pietro guided them through the twisting canals explaining the city's long and extraordinary history.

Sitting comfortably on the shiny black boat, gondolier Pietro helped Natascha and Julian explore and discover the magical secrets of ancient Venice. With love and great respect for his dynamic/watery city and armoured with a mine of knowledge, Pietro guided them through the twisting canals explaining the city's long and extraordinary history. Stop by stop, and with great pride, the gondolier expertly manoeuvred his precious gondola with a perfect serenade of old Italian songs to the delight of his two Dutch passengers. Gliding along on this romantic watery ride and being transported from place to place and station to station, the design motivator for the husband and wife team was to create a collection of breathtaking canals and stations and stops along the way. On the gondola, Natascha and Julian foresaw a delicate design for the Venetian collection. To mirror the canals' never-ending twists and turns, a delicate serpentine 18k gold chain was chosen, and diamond elements haphazardly soldered on the chain mimicked each stop and station perfectly along the way. As they explain, it's not only what you see that gives inspiration but also what you feel. So they immersed themselves in the fascinating history of this watery city and transformed these emotions into the Venice collection by creating stations in a piece of jewelry.

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The Amsterdam collection

In the free and liberal city of Amsterdam, where Natasch and Julian are lucky enough to reside, they knew that great ideas were waiting to be discovered. Amsterdam is famous for many things. They felt strongly that they must honour their city, where freedom of religion, politics, and movement is something their forefathers practised for centuries. They needed to be creative and find something they see daily but possibly take for granted every day. Amsterdam is known throughout the world as The City of Diamonds. For over 400 years, diamond cutters have been cutting rough diamonds into the precious brilliants the world has got to love. Also, the streets and winding alleyways have been paved with cobblestones (clinkers in Dutch) for hundreds of years. So why combine the two, both diamonds and cobbled stones?

The train of thought went as follows. We walked and bicycled on Amsterdam's quaint cobblestoned streets daily, so it was evident that the art of setting diamonds is very similar to the art of laying cobblestones. Just as the cobblestone master puts down the stones by hand in perfectly created patterns, our master diamond setters also put down the brilliants by hand in perfectly formed patterns. Pave setting and shimmering diamonds play the lead role in our Amsterdam jewelry design. Hence we mastered the Amsterdam Collection and used not only the pave style of laying cobblestones but also gave our city the honour it deserves as the founder of the world's diamond-cutting industry and also the brilliant round cut, the most popular and first-choice diamond cut of every jewelry brand today.

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The Monte Carlo collection

No grand tour is complete without visiting the jet-set seaside haven, namely Monte Carlo. Sparkling, streamlined yachts with breathtaking bow lines are harboured majestically, one next to the other in perfect harmony. And the stately evergreen mountains make for the ideal backdrop for the idealistic mini-state of Monaco. But it was not the jaw-dropping yachts and majestic mountains that gave us the idea of the Monte Carlo Collection.

Just a few steps away from the world-famous casino building is a small and very tranquil water fountain. Suppose you carefully take the time to observe the bubbling water. In that case, you will notice the fountain spouts of delightful soft pyramid-shaped water patterns that sparkle magnificently in the Mediterranean sun. This pyramid shape was the inspiration for the Monte Carlo Collection. The lovely dance of the soft pyramid-shaped water immediately caught our eyes, and we knew we were on to a winner. Usually, when you visualize a pyramid, the first thing that comes to mind is the very pointy and harsh lines, just like the pyramids of Egypt. But hard lines are different from what you will find in Tirisi Jewelry. Natascha explains that the water spraying from the fountain showed her a rather softly rounded pyramid that was perfect for our jewelry but also in tune with today's fashion look. She explains further that for our Tirisi brands, both Tirisi Jewelry and Tirisi Moda, the face and feel we want for our pieces should be relatively softer than square, feminine rather than masculine, and lovely, softly sculptured rounded edges. When Natascha observes women, she sees soft, delicate, rounded forms. The perfect man for us in all his masculinity is hard and square. Natascha adores the Italian word "bombe", meaning (roundish). It perfectly describes the look I demand in the jewelry we create. As a woman, Natascha knows how to design for women. So when you next view our Monte Carlo line, you will notice the delicate soft pyramid shapes of that exact fountain. The fountain in the shade, the fountain they fell in love with.

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The Seoul Collection

For our Seoul collection, Natascha and Julian were inspired by a place and, more importantly, by a fantastic South Korean lady and one of Tirisi's first customers, Zhanna Khan. We would describe Zhanna as a citizen of the world with a hugely influential personality to match. There is no stopping this lady. She has a free spirit, and her zest for travel and life is just something else. One cannot help but be inspired by this courageous lady's fabulous fashion sense.

Our slogan, "The World is My Catwalk", is an ode to Zhanna's love of jewelry, fashion, music, and the arts. Living in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and also partly in Seoul, South Korea, Natascha and Julian looked to develop a line of jewelry using Zhanna as their muse. So they fused with her Korean heritage and one of nature's beautiful gifts to humanity, the cherry blossom tree, also found in Korea. With this exotic mix of nature and Zhanna's vibrant personality, they created a simple but lovely design named the Seoul collection. You can feel it if you look with profound respect at the beautiful cherry blossoms. The soft colours and clean design make this collection powerful yet distinctly delicate. A very feminine line where the mother of pearl plays an important role. This shows that good design can come from many different places and be influenced by many other things. It's not the journey that counts but rather the destination.

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