Isabella Briatico — designer of exquisite, hand-crafted, fine jewelery — brings a unique perspective to the artform with her diverse and comprehensive background in fine art and design.
Born in Italy and raised in Canada, Isabella started drawing when she was three years old. As a young teen, she expressed her creativity by painting, drawing, and creating commissioned fibre weavings and clothing designs. At age 15, she was designing and producing evening wear. At age 21, the Toronto Star newspaper heaped accolades on her “consistently innovative designs” and called her a “talent to watch.”
Isabella studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design and at Ryerson University where she completed the Fashion Design program. Through the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, she worked with some of Canada’s most-talented fashion designers, including Wayne Clark, Stephen Caras, Linda Lundstrum and Tricia Cochran, where she became head designer of couture bridal and evening wear. During that time, she laid the ground work for her unique philosophy with keen attention to quality, detail, bone structure, movement, light, colour, and texture, furthermore incorporating her nude drawing, fine art painting and couture evening wear knowledge for private clients (like Margaret Atwood, and Olympic gold medallist, and independent art galleries, and a piece in the permanent collection at the Royal Ontario Museum).
In 1984, she developed her own brand of fine leather and fur accessories called “Skin to Skin” which were featured and sold in luxury boutiques in Canada. At the same time, in 1986 she started working for Royal De Versailles’ flag ship store on Bloor Street in Toronto, where she designed and supervised the production of exquisite pieces for some of Canada’s most distinguished leaders in both business and the community. Throughout her career, she has travelled extensively to Egypt, Europe, Canada and the United States, exploring her appreciation for ancient civilizations and their spiritual practices and beliefs expressed in fine arts and design.
In 1992, she established her own design and production firm specializing in one-of-a-kind and limited-edition collections and affinity jewellery, in addition to redesigning and enhancing estate and legacy pieces. Her design process is unique. Each design begins with a private consultation exploring the personal style of the client, their bone structure, natural colouring and lifestyle, enhancing and augmenting their existing collections and personal jewellery wardrobe. The drawings are illustrated using fine art techniques to maximize the visualization of the final piece. Gemstones are collected from world-wide-sources and conflict-free mines and cutters. They are assembled with the utmost care and skill, with attention to detail and precision to 1/10 of a millimeter in precious metals and diamonds, carried out by in-house craftsmen who are of the most skilled in the world. Each piece is brought to life and becomes a “treasure” to the wearer.
Isabella’s jewellery has been displayed and sold to various galleries in North America. She has created commissioned works for collectors throughout the world — including Australia, England, France (Paris, St. Tropez), Italy, the USA (California, New York), as well as prominent leaders in the Canadian business community, a former Prime Minister of Canada and his wife, an Olympic gold medalist, and leaders in the creative arts and film field. During the 25 years her career has spanned so far, her greatest reward is the trust she has cultivated with her respected clients. She has continually served up to four generations of families and matriarchs.
Isabella Briatico is also recognized for her generous donations of specially-designed jewellery pieces to over 18 charitable organizations; she has donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Providence Centre Foundation, Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade, the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain/Trust Tumor Centre at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Villa Charities, Oakville Galleries, Ryerson University, Mississauga Convention Center Foundation, Opera Hamilton, Aid to AIDS Children’s Charity, Burlington Breast Cancer Support Services, Zonta Club of Oakville, Oakville Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital, Lighthouse Foundation for Grieving Families, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Nelson Youth Centers, and the Children’s Aid Foundation.