FrontRunners: A Way with Gems
Tito Pedrini (212.888.3355, www.titopedrini.com) spent years procuring exceptional gems and jewelry for international clients while working for Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Now the blond-haired, blue-eyed Italian hunts for unique stones to showcase in his own eponymous jewelry collection.
Pedrini favors unique colored gems and striking stone cuts over more traditional diamonds and sapphires. His inventive designs include triangular, fan-cut green or yellow beryls, which appear like the petals of a flower when arranged in a circle. One striking gold cuff features more than 100 carats of channel-set, emerald-cut, deep orange Madeira citrines.
“I prefer the clean, classic styling of the 1930s,” says Pedrini, who typically purchases rough stones and has them cut to his specifications. “My designs are to the point, and every element is essential; nothing is ornate.”
A survivor of colon cancer, Pedrini donates a portion of his sales to the colorectal research fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.