Bells & Whistles

L'Occhialaio


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Sleek and sexy eyeglasses - an Italian fashion must.Many people don't know that eyeglasses were invented by a Florentine in the 1200s, but it perhaps explains why you might notice that Florentines will very often be seen flaunting them, whether they be regular optical eyeglasses (with or without a prescription!) or sunglasses (as a rule, Italians are allowed to wear sunglasses indoors, or at night, without being ridiculed. It's an Italian fashion thing, like fur coats). From sleek aviator styles to colourful plexi styles to 60s style cats-eye glasses you will find all the iconic styles, neatly displayed like a museum exhibit. Find labels such as the covetable and understated Oliver Peoples, Okki and Paul Smith at the stylish L'Occhialaio.

Fiori del Tempo


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A jewel box as big as a wardrobe or a jewellery shop as little as a cupboard? Either way you look at it, this little gem (no pun intended) is more than meets the eye. Handmade by Frencesco Deidda, his sterling silver and gold-plated jewellery โ€“ pretty pieces in simple but covetable designs inspired by the Renaissance and Art Deco โ€“ fill every nook and cranny with a wide variety of pieces and colourful stones to suit every taste, age or outfit. Materials used range from semi-precious and precious stones, freshwater pearls, resin and plexi. Better still, it's all very easy on your wallet. Choose from classic freshwater pearl earrings from around 6 euro a pair to gold plated antique replicas that go from around 20 euro to huge romantic blooming resin rose earrings for 30. If you're in the area, you can also visit the slightly bigger boutique in Via de' Ginori.

Angela Caputi


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Creative, joyous and elegant costume jewellery for the woman who's not shy about dressing up.Characterised by big colours and even bigger shapes and forms made out of resin and other synthetic materials, these pieces are not for the faint-hearted or those that simply want to blend in to the crowd. Often appearing as luxurious materials such as ivory, turquoise, tortoise shell, coral, jade and onyx, these accessories have caught the eye of costume designers and celebrities from the TV and cinema world since 1975 when Angela Caputi first opened shop in Florence. Expect unique and striking colour combinations, simple and organic or geometric shapes, and artfully created designs that will add wow factor to any outfit. She and her team of jewellery makers work from the boutique-studio in via Santo Spirito, with Angela herself still designing every one of a kind piece.

Moltissimo Bijoux


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Fun and flirty designs and statement jewellery inspired by old time glamour.Tucked away in a side street near the Teatro Verdi is the bright and fabulous atelier of Moltissimo Bijoux. Creative designs influenced by old time glamour and pop art are executed with equal parts of flair and a sense of humour by the young and handsome Federico and his mother in the studio you can see behind the counter. Available in countless colours and forms, look out for things such as the shoulder-sweeping arabesque earrings in fake tortoise shell, round and chunky bracelets, plexi lace flower-shaped earrings, bright button studs or rhinestone earrings. The big and colourful jewellery is made from laser-cut resin or molded plastics and often embellished with a Swarovski crystal or fake pearls. With a touch of vintage and amusement, dressing up should always be this fun.

Falsi Gioielli


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Playful and colourful false jewels in resin and plexi for contemporary handmade accessories. The enormously popular boutique was founded by the self-taught Silvia Franciosi, who uses buttons, plexiglass, fabric and thread to create the Falsi Gioielli style that has made a distinctly playful and colourful name for itself. Long necklaces, thick cuffs, floral or vintage button barettes, earrings with a touch of the 80s โ€“ Sivlia's collections are references to many weird and wonderful themes ranging from English gardens, deck of cards to futuristic plexi-coloured cuffs or bohemian accessories made entirely out of buttons. Housed in a minimal all-white store front that only seems to accentuate the colour of the jewellery, you will always find either Silvia or her assistants at the back of the shop busily making the popular necklaces, earrings or hairpieces at any time of the day.