Roberto Coin is one of our most popular jewelry designers among customers. As one of the premier jewelry designers in the world, his designs radiate luxury, style and sophistication. The creativity, quality and design that go into each piece of Roberto Coin jewelry are truly awe-inspiring. Read on to learn more about this outstanding label, as well as the designer himself, Roberto Coin.
Who is Roberto Coin?
Roberto Coin is a celebrated luxury Italian jewelry designer based in Vicenza, Italy. His designs have been worn by fashion icons and celebrities like Michelle Obama, Oprah, Laura Linney, Sophia Vergara, and Kate McKinnon. With such world-renowned success, you may be surprised to learn that Roberto Coin wasn’t always in the luxury jewelry business.
Born in Venice, Italy, on July 25, 1944, Roberto Coin started his career in the hotel business. After the loss of his father at a young age, Roberto was sent to boarding school in Switzerland to learn about the hotel trade. Upon his graduation from L’Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne, Roberto moved to England and spent one year working as an assistant manager for a prestigious hotel in Guernsey Island. From there, Roberto bought a café and then a restaurant. Equally ambitious and capable, he took out a loan to buy a hotel at the young age of 24, becoming a respected Channel Island hotelier.
At the age of 32, Roberto decided to leave his successful career as a hotelier. He sold all his possessions and returned to Italy to pursue his passion for jewelry design. The skills he gained in the hospitality industry no doubt served him well as he moved into the jewelry business.
Roberto Coin Brand History
The Roberto Coin brand has a rich history. After returning to Italy to pursue his passion, Roberto settled in Vicenza and began learning the craft of jewelry manufacturing from the Italian masters. In 1977, Roberto Coin established his namesake company in Vicenza and began manufacturing 18k gold jewelry, primarily for other brands.
Vicenza was the perfect place for Roberto to set up shop. Known as the “City of Gold,” Vicenza is the world leader in gold jewelry and the heart of Italy’s 18k gold industry. With over 700 years of goldsmithing tradition, nearly one-third of all Italian goldsmiths hail from the city. As evidenced by many of his collections, Roberto is endlessly inspired by Vicenza as well as Italy itself. Still today, all of Roberto Coin’s pieces are designed in Italy, where the production teams combine time-honored Italian craftsmanship with the latest innovations in technology.
In 1996, Roberto Coin was introduced to the United States as a fine jewelry brand with the Appassionata collection. Today, Roberto Coin is one of the most widely recognized brands in the industry. His jewelry collection has over 1,000 points of sale and can be accessed throughout the world, with standalone boutiques in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East.
With more than 20 years of industry experience and success, Roberto Coin is now considered an “Ambassador of Italian Style.” He draws inspiration from nature, his travels, and, most notably, the traditions and history of his Italian heritage. Perhaps most famous for his iconic gold jewelry, Roberto Coin is synonymous with designer gold jewelry at the highest level of style and elegance. The texture of his gold collections distinguishes Roberto Coin’s expert artistry, from his hand-hammered pieces to the hand-polished Pois Moi collection.
The Roberto Coin Ruby
The ruby is the signature of Roberto Coin and was first used in his debut collection, Appassionata, in 1996. He often refers to the ruby as the heart and soul of his jewelry, and it serves as the designer’s gift of prosperity, longevity and happiness to his loyal clients.
The incorporation of the hidden ruby in Roberto Coin’s jewelry is inspired by ancient Egyptians and came about when Roberto was reading a book on ancient Egyptian history and lore. Pharaohs believed that if a ruby touched a woman’s skin, it would grant her immediate prosperity, love and happiness. Roberto Coin’s ruby is intentionally set inside each piece of jewelry so that it gently kisses the skin of the person wearing it.