Italy is well known for its yellow gold jewelry and classical designs. Most jewelry in Italy is sold as 18 karat gold or higher, usually marked in the European markage of 750.
Italy is a powerhouse in the European jewelry industry.
"Precious metals articles made in Italy cover alone 70% of European production. Each year in Italy 500 tonnes of fine gold, 1400 of silver and 4 of platinum are processed. There are over 10,000 companies operating in this sector, employing 40,000 people for production."
"Almost 70% of the gold-jewellery companies and 86% of operators are grouped into five Italian regions: Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy and Campania."
There are four main districts for gold jewelry products; Vicenza, Arezzo, Valenza and Torre del Greco.
Vicenza's gold jewelry has a medium to high end market. Chains, hollow gold and moulded pieces of jewellery are all produced in Vicenza. Vicenza is famous for 18 carat gold and for the production of watchcases.
Arezzo, in Tuscany, is renowned for gold chain jewelry.
Valenza has over 150 years of hand-crafted jewelry tradition and is known for the high level of technical expertise and knowledge. Most of the gold jewelry with precious stones are made in Valenza.
Torre del Greco has a long tradition of hand-crafted gold jewelry and coral jewelry.Torre del Greco is famous for its low-relief cameos made from semi-precious stones.
Source: 'Italian Jewelry', VincenzaORO2 - Press Kit. Find more on Italian Jewelry.
Gold Charm Bracelets and Gold Charms have a strong presence as Italian gold jewelry products as do Gold Chains.
The history and traditions of Italian gold jewelry making are long. Italy is known as the world leader in gold jewelry production for its outstanding technical skills. The capitals of Milan and Turin both have a long tradition of Goldsmith Design Schools. Many skills are handed down from artisans to their protege within the goldsmith design and production houses.
Proof of Italy's place as one of the major countries for gold jewelry production and gold jewelry design, lies with their hosting the Vincenza Oro,The World Premier Jewelry Fair, in Vincenza, every year.
Italian Gold Jewelry Design Houses/Designers include: