Rome. Aug. 31, 2020. Between her hometown of Rome, Italy, and her adopted one in the Hudson Valley of New York (both places hit hard by the pandemic), designer Emanuela Duca of an eponymous jewelry firm has been taking a lot of relaxing deep breaths—so many in fact, that they gave way to an aptly titled new jewelry collection. Dubbed Respiro, which is Italian for the word breath, Duca’s new designs are inspired by the power of our own puffs.
“Breathing keeps us present and centered when everything else seems to spin around so fast,” she explains in an email interview from Rome, where she has spent the last few months.
Respiro is debuting now. The collection contains 26 pieces made in her signature organic surface style inspired by volcanic ash (a nod to the volcanic activity in her home country). Materials include sterling silver, blackened sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, bronze, and diamonds. Lanky metal segments and the occasional tiny jump ring connecting them serve as controlled visual exhalations, while larger metal surfaces call to mind deeper breathes—the really relaxing kind.
“When you experience a stressful situation, your body thinks that it’s under attack and relies on its primal instincts to survive,” says Duca. “Your heart pounds, your palms sweat, your breath races, and adrenaline pumps through your system.”
Deep breathing techniques combat stress by counteracting your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress. “You take in more oxygen, your heart rate slows, and your mind starts to slow down,” adds Duca.
It’s this period of calm that the designer credits for the rise of Respiro. “In the past months the world has flipped! The current situation pushed me to find myself on a deeper level. When my mind slowed down, new possibilities arose.”
Retail prices for Respiro start at $500.
Earrings in 18k yellow gold and blackened sterling silver, $4,000; email email@example.com for purchase
Necklace in 18k yellow gold and blackened sterling silver, $5,000; email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase
Ring in 18k yellow gold and blackened sterling silver with a 0.25 ct. brown diamond, $6,000; email email@example.com for purchase
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