The Antonini showroom is located in the Sala degli Affreschi of the thirteenth-century Palazzo Borromeo, which holds an important piece of Milan’s noble past. Sergio Antonini ‘draws’ and interprets the third chapter of the family saga in this setting, saturated in history and beauty. «I adore my city, particularly this area of old Milan, which tells of the ancient arts: Via Spadari and Via Orefici are a stone’s throw away and there are galleries and museums that transmit an energy and passion for art around every corner. This is what fuels me every day,» explains the designer, whose award collection also includes a prestigious Diamond International Award. «The bond with the territory and with the artisanal traditions of our wonderful country has always been a guiding theme in Antonini creations. That’s why the names recall specific places, which in the collective imagination mean beauty, character and culture. After Matera, Syracuse and Etna, there’s Cento100, which celebrates our ‘first’ hundred years, but it’s also the name of the city in Emilia,» continues the designer. «To realize it, even before the design, I started with a concept: to create extremely wearable jewels, uninhibited and simple objects that are as essential as possible, things we always have with us, without being a hindrance. So that’s why I chose pure, polished gold, often even without the added value of a precious stone. A comfortable, ‘informal’ and ready-to-wear item, with perfect fine-jewelry manufacture and with respect for an entirely Italian production chain.» At first glance, Cento100 almost seems to recall the soft and sinuous forms of Anniversary, one of the jewelry house’s most successful lines, launched in 2009 for its ninetieth anniversary. This ‘update’ explodes though with the one-of-a-kind strength of shiny, brilliant yellow and white gold, for extra-long sautoirs – 110 cm – with the infinity symbol in six different sizes and versions, in addition to rings and earrings that illuminated by bursts of light from stones set at 45-degree angles until becoming full diamond pavè. This collection is a tribute to the tastes of the markets the brand has always considered reference points: The US, where white gold and large volumes have always been favored, and Japan on the other side, which focuses on minimal chic. Not to mention Russia where yellow gold rules. An interesting crossing of styles, made into a few but already iconic pieces.