Originally from Milan, Italy, Ombretta moved to London to work in a jewellery boutique in Burlington Arcade, whilst there, she trained as a jeweller specialising in pearls from around the world while restringing them with antique Japanese and Chinese techniques.
She then attended silversmith, jewellery making and woodcarving courses in a bid to further expand her skills.
Working solely with pearls, she spent three years designing, making and selling jewellery for the London boutique before embarking on her own collection supported by The Prince Trust.
ESOTIC Jewellery is both inspired by the jeweller’s Italian heritage and her love of travelling. Ombretta often uses by-products of the food chain, plant-dyed threads and up-cycled materials working torwards producing sustainable and ethical jewellery while reducing waste.
All jewellery is handmade which results in no two being identical.
Ombretta works from her London studio in the home where she lives with her husband and two sons.
ESOTIC jewellery has been featured in British Vogue, Red magazine, Elle UK, Elle Italia and Style.it
ESOTIC jewellery is sold in boutiques around London, Japan and Australia.
“Since I was a child I’ve always been surrounded by art as my mum is a porcelain decorator and my dad, once a musician, used to make me wooden toys and boats in bottles. I would often loose myself in art books and paintings from a young age. I loved to play with my grandmothers old necklaces from the ’30s , they were so elegant and sparkling.
I always loved travelling to discover new places and other cultures, I was especially attracted by different body adornments. When I was younger I wanted to be an archaeologist but ended up studying natural sciences and marine biology at university. Being passionate about fossils, I spent my summer holidays at the seaside collecting shells, seagull feathers, coloured glass from sea-washed bottles, small tree branches left on the beach and tiny natural turquoise, corals and pyrites during family excursions.
Once back in Milan, I wanted to continue carrying these treasures with me to hear and smell the sea and remember my adventures. I then started reassembling k hyhmy grandmothers necklaces incorporating my findings which sowed the seed for the creation of ESOTIC jewellery”