Marco Bicego is an Italian jewellery brand with beautiful craftsmanship at its heart. Inspired by the rich cultures of exotic destinations, designs are handcrafted in 18K gold and often feature sparkling diamonds and meticulously-sourced coloured gemstones.
What’s the History of the Brand?
Marco Bicego (pronounced bee-che-go), the man behind the award-winning Italian jewellery brand was always destined to create fine jewellery.
Marco is from Trissino, near Vicenza, which is renowned for its tradition of goldsmithing. In 1958, his father, Guiseppe Bicego, founded a small workshop specialising in gold chains.
After many years as an apprentice with his father, learning the skill of working with gold, Marco launched his own jewellery line in 2000. Today his beautiful pieces are worn by the most glamorous celebrities and can be found in the finest boutiques all around the world.
Marco finds inspiration in nature and the architecture around him, particularly when travelling. The majority of his collections are inspired by the countries and cities he’s visited, including Africa, Cairo, Jaipur and Murano, to name a few.
Marco is also greatly inspired by the women who wear his jewellery. The Marco Bicego woman has a contemporary style and is not afraid to experiment with jewellery in unconventional ways, especially layering.
The Craftmanship – Three Signature Hallmarks
When it comes to the craftsmanship of Marco Bicego jewellery, there are three signature hallmarks:
- hand engraving
- the coil technique
- multicoloured gemstones.
Marco Bicego gold has a one of a kind, silk-like sheen, which is iconic to the brand and really sets it apart.
To create this fine, brushed texture, Marco’s artisans use an ancient tool called The Bulino to engrave hundreds of lines onto the surface of the metal. Bulino comes from the Italian word burin, meaning to engrave. We love how tactile the feel and finish is.
Because each Marco Bicego piece is carefully hand-etched, every item of jewellery is truly unique. No two pieces will be exactly the same. We like to think of it like the varying patterns of a fingerprint.
The Coil Technique
The hand twisted coil (created by using the corda di chitarrais technique) is another hallmark of the brand, bringing a contemporary “twist” to the timeless elegance of gold.
The Italian artisans take a thick strand of gold and wrap 18K gold thread tightly around it, creating a graceful spiral effect. The coil can be manipulated into various shapes and finishes and is a distinctive element of a number of Marco’s collections, including Marrakech, Goa and Cairo.
Marco Bicego is also synonymous for exquisite natural gemstones, which are placed in eclectic combinations.
Beautiful stones like diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, tourmalines and semi-precious gemstones such as topaz, amethyst and quartz, are sourced from around the world, hand-selected and all hand-crafted at the Headquarters in Italy.
Marco’s signature hand-engraved gold look runs through all of his collections, which are designed to be worn together. Below we’ll look at each collection available at Burrells and their key design features.
Marco was inspired by the colourful city of Jaipur in India to create this collection. A playful mix of brightly coloured faceted gemstones is framed by luxurious hand-engraved 18K gold. The array of colour in these pieces means they will suit any outfit.
MARCO BICEGO JAIPUR 18CT YELLOW GOLD MULTI-GEMSTONE BRACELET
This striking 18ct yellow gold Jaipur multi gemstone bracelet is inspired by not only a tropical Indian sunset but also the cultural stone-cutting heritage of Jaipur, this luxury Gemstone bracelet is hand engraved by Italian artisans, making each piece individual.
This contemporary and fashion-led collection is composed of shining 18K yellow gold links, which are sometimes accented with sparkling diamonds.
MARCO BICEGO JAIPUR 18CT YELLOW GOLD LINK STUD EARRINGS
We love these stunning interlinked 18 carat yellow gold earrings. Each are hand engraved with a time consuming Bulino technique, giving them all their unusual yet beautiful shape and making them all extremely unique.
An enchanting assortment of multicoloured gemstones and 18K gold beads are threaded together to form an unmistakable and exotic Marco Bicego look.
MARCO BICEGO PARADISE 18CT YELLOW GOLD MULTI-STONE DROP EARRINGS
These 18 carat yellow gold earrings are each hand engraved with the specific Bulino technique. These earrings hold a delicate selection of tabeez cut multicoloured stones which make up its stylish design.
This iconic Marco Bicego collection (which was Marco’s first range in 2000) is formed from hand-hammered and hand-twisted strands of gold created through Marco's signature 'corda di chitarra' technique. The silky gold designs are light and flexible and elegantly adapt to the curves of your body.
MARCO BICEGO MARRAKECH 18CT ROSE & WHITE GOLD DIAMOND BRACELET
This 18 carat rose gold 0.15ct diamond bracelet is a beautiful piece. With a specific hand made technique that is used to create this design called the Corda di chitarra technique.
Inspired by the delicate shape of the Lunaria flower, this collection features silky 18K gold petals, which have been hand-engraved for the signature Marco Bicego finish. Some pieces feature alluring gemstone slices which are almost petal-thin.
MARCO BICEGO LUNARIA 18CT YELLOW GOLD MOTHER OF PEARL BRACELET
We love this 18ct yellow gold bracelet with radiant white Mother of Pearl. Its inspiration taken from the shape of the delicate Lunaria flower, this unique gold and mother of pearl bracelet is hand created by Italian artisans, meaning no two pieces are ever the same.
Playfully contrasting different shades of gold with brilliant diamonds, this is statement collection, which has been crafted with Marco’s signature 'corda di chitarra' technique.
MARCO BICEGO GOA 18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND THREE ROW BRACELET
Marco has taken inspiration from tribal jewellery for this collection, which features bold spheres in varying shapes and sizes. The 18K gold look is striking, but the pieces are surprisingly light and fluid. The signature textured finish emulates the soft dunes of the Sahara.
MARCO BICEGO AFRICA 18CT YELLOW GOLD MULTI-GEMSTONE BRACELET
This piece from the Africa collection is an 18ct yellow gold Multi-Coloured gemstone bracelet. The inspiration for this is taken from the soft Sahara dunes, an item hand engraved by Italian artisans, no two pieces will ever be the exact same, making this bracelet something special.
Marco’s newest collection takes inspiration from jewellery worn by the African Masai tribe. Designs feature scintillating strands of diamonds, offset by hand-coiled gold. Marco has given tribal jewellery a glamorous makeover, and we love it.
MARCO BICEGO MASAI 18CT WHITE GOLD TWO STRAND DIAMOND NECKLACE
This Classic 18ct white gold necklace with 0.10ct diamonds each set onto the chain, is inspired by Africa. Each of these necklaces are hand engraved by Italian artisans making it a favourite of ours.
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