On October 16, Saks Fifth Avenue in Columbus, Ohio had the pleasure of welcoming the fantastic jewelry designer, Marco Bicego, to their store for a trunk show and cocktail party. Many ladies – some with their guys in tow – came to see, try on, purchase and have Marco sign his name on their jewelry. Besides the items that were already in store, new items from his latest Murano collection were brought in along with some show stopping one of a kind pieces.
The libations and appetizers were provided by Brio and as always they did a bang up job of it. But for this event not only did they provide wine and champagne, they also had a bar set up to make martinis – and club soda with lime, my libation of choice – for the guests. What is it about little finger foods or edibles on a stick that makes them so much more yummy? Shrimp, chicken satay, bacon wrapped scallops (bacon and scallops? you had me at hello!) to name just a few of the offerings. Afterwards there were little parfaits for dessert and coffee all the while accompanied by live music.
Emeralds, sapphires, pearls, diamonds, and other stunning semi-precious stones intertwined with his signature 18K yellow gold were on display to the delight of all in attendance. Models were also there wearing his jewelry. His skilled craftsmanship was amazing to witness as he was able to engrave his signature on some of the smallest of items. Quite a few lovely pieces went home that evening. But what about the man himself? What inspires this oh so creative man with the adorable dimples and charming Italian accent? I was able to sit down with him for an interview.
You draw your inspiration from your travels and nature, why these?
Sometimes in life you don’t know why, it just happens. I have received so many influences from where I grew up in Italy and from all of my travels and experiences since I launched the Marco Bicego brand in 2000 to now 12 years later. I’ve changed my mind – my vision – every year. The brand is continuously evolving, it’s about the evolution, but we still keep some timeless pieces like the Marrakech line. It’s not new but it is one of my favorite collections that still I’m doing.
How long does it take for you to go from concept to finalization when you design a piece?
Sometimes from one idea it can take less than two weeks; it’s about the inspiration. I just finished a couple of days ago some pieces that I have shipped out already. For example, one year ago I put some stones from my suppliers on the table in headquarters and I said what do I have to do to create a line or no? Recently it was with some sapphires and I sat and thought about it…and within half an hour my heart said yes, go! You have to sometimes go with your intuition. I never know at times but it always has to be in the Marco Bicego style. We may have a new color palette but we keep the same concept and style.
What matters most to you as a jewelry designer?
I’m the lucky guy to be the designer; I try to make the women who choose the Bicego brand happy. I want women to enjoy their jewelry they buy and to come back later and say they are happy wearing what they bought. When they tell me they wear their jewelry every day and receive lots of compliments, that really makes me happy. I believe that fine jewelry is not about trends but about being timeless. If you buy a special piece you should be able to wear it all the time; to pass it on to your family; to your daughter. For me that works.
Do you think any of your children will follow you in the family footsteps?
As a father I honestly hope so but I don’t know. What happened with me becoming and being a jewelry designer had to come from the heart. I have three children, one son and two daughters, and I hope that one or all of them takes the business and company but it has to come from their hearts too.
What part of the world might your next line come from?
Honestly you never know! It could be just about anywhere. It just has to be the right one – the right place and experience.
Grazie per il vostro tempo, Marco Bicego. Ciao!