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Rare & Beautiful: Roberto Coin Animalier

By Manon Crespi

roberto coin limited-edition snake necklace

Roberto Coin 18K white gold limited-edition Snake necklace with 56.89 carats black and white diamonds and 23.71 carats blue sapphires, $210,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com

Welcome to jewelry designer Roberto Coin’s animal kingdom, where fierce beasts leave trails of sparkle at every turn and catch of light. Lions and tigers, with exposed golden fangs, are perfectly captured mid-roar, and elephants don rugose-textured hides as if they actually lived under the African sun. Roberto Coin is legendary for his firm sense of beauty as well as his attention to detail. And nothing could be truer than in the case of his stunning limited-edition Animalier collection.

roberto coin limited-edition elephant cuff

Roberto Coin 18K rose gold limited-edition Elephant cuff with 1.55 carats black and white diamonds and black jade, $44,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com

roberto coin limited-edition tiger cuff

Roberto Coin 18K rose gold limited-edition Tiger cuff with 0.02 carats diamonds and 10.80 carats pink sapphires, $67,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com

Coin hails from Venice, Italy, a city he has affectionately referred to as, “the only open museum in the world.” Born to clothing-designer parents, he was sent to school in Switzerland after they died when he just a boy. He later attended an hotelier-management school as a young adult, eventually owning and running his own hotel in St Peter’s Port on the island of Guernsey. His business sense was strong, but his creative instinct came calling. Coin sold his hotel and went back to his to roots in Venice. There, he started a jewelry-manufacturing business where he made jewelry for other companies, and ultimately launched his own brand, Roberto Coin, in 1997. In just 20 years, Roberto Coin has become a worldwide brand known for its commitment to luxury and innovation.

Coin’s motto is that creativity is simply doing what you like, and his aesthetic has served him well. He has always placed a high value on beauty, striving to find new interpretations of it, with nature being a prominent muse. The limited-edition Animalier collection has been in the works since the 1980s when Coin first began to design and manufacture these masterful art pieces. A thorough investigation of each creature’s anatomy as well as its historical references and significance is done in order to represent the animal with integrity, resulting in bold, elegant wearable sculptures. Coin combines classical Italian craftsmanship with modern technology to ensure these cuffs are worn with comfort and ease. In the case of the Arabian horse, Elephant and Tiger cuffs, shown above and below, small handmade components are bound together by an elastic cable with coils to create a flexible tail that fits any wrist size. All of Roberto Coin’s limited-edition Animalier pieces are made in 18K gold and set with the rarest of gemstones. Each is exquisitely designed to showcase the impeccable talents of the Italian artisans who hand make each piece.

roberto coin limited-edition arabian horse cuff

Roberto Coin 18K white gold limited-edition Arabian Horse cuff with 8.90 carats black diamonds and 0.18 carats onyx, $63,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com

roberto coin limited-edition lion ring

Roberto Coin 18K yellow gold limited-edition Lion ring with 2.95 carats black and white diamonds and 0.50 carats pink sapphires, $44,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com

roberto coin limited-edition eagle ring

Roberto Coin 18K white and yellow gold limited-edition Eagle ring with 3.30 carats white and cognac diamonds and 0.31 carats black sapphires, $29,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com