|Aria Bergantini Grillo is the owner of Ciao Aria|
No one would guess what goes on behind closed doors in Aria Bergantini Grillo’s little New York apartment. With a vision in mind and beads in hand, she crafts each piece of jewelry in the line, “Ciao Aria” in her Brooklyn Heights nest. It may be hard to believe since most products today are manufactured on assembly lines in other countries, but all of Ciao Aria jewelry is handmade with love right here in New York City.
|The Courtney bracelet|
“All of my materials are made in the USA,” Grillo said proudly. The designer uses Swarovski for more “blingy” pieces. She finds inspiration from the people in her life, as well as New York City and places she’s traveled. Colors are selected based on each individual’s personality, and she names every jeweled piece after a friend or family member. “I intend to keep that tradition as my collection grows.”
As a born and bred New Yorker who grew up in TriBeCa, Grillo is a huge supporter of NYC shops and businesses, and purchases all supplies in the jewelry district of Manhattan, which is her favorite place to source the beaded creations. You can frequently find her traveling between stores like M&J Trimming, Beads World, and Toho Shoji.
“I love to support local and keep the garment/jewelry district alive and thriving,” she said recently.
|The Marietta necklace|
Beyond the design and fabrication process, Grillo’s pieces are unique because 10 percent of each item sold is donated to a local charity of the buyer’s choice. Currently, Ciao Aria is working with Tuesday’s Children, a 9/11 Foundation (where Aria serves on its Junior Board) the Ronald McDonald House, the ASPCA, BCRF (the Breast Cancer Research Foundation), Reading is Fundamental, and The Nature Conservancy. More charities will be added to the list as Ciao Aria expands.
|The JBG Bracelet|
|The Viola Necklace|
Grillo dabbled in jewelry making for her friends and family as a child. Previously working for brands such as Knoll, Prada, and David Yurman, she realized her true calling was philanthropy, but she still had a strong interest in style and design. Through Ciao Aria jewelry, she’s managed to combine both of her loves — the company’s “gemerosity” is a way to merge her two passions and at the same time, give back.
|Ciao Aria jewelry is made right here in NYC|
“Tracy’s New York Life” is thrilled to launch Ciao Aria’s newest additions!
This unisex leather man bracelet is in a naturally tanned leather with a “trinity knot,” and wraps twice around the wrist with a brass hex nut and brass closures. This bracelet is sized for a man, but can be custom ordered for a woman’s wrist at no additional cost.
|Trinity Knot bracelet|
Another new jewel is this colored jadeite bracelet with a special rhinestone magnetic clasp from the Spirita collection. Simplicity makes this piece shine.
|Spirita jadeite bracelet|
These handmade, colorful charm bracelets are from Spirita as well. In jadeite and a turquoise colored stone, wear one alone, or group together for a chunkier look.
|Charm bracelets from Spirita|
To purchase any of these new bracelets in the collection, email Ciao Aria. Pricing and all other pieces are available through the website. Lead time on most items is approximately 10 days or less, plus shipping. Ciao Aria jewelry can be shipped anywhere in the Continental US as well as internationally, and custom orders are always welcome.
So, if you’ve ever wanted a chic and stylish yet affordable something-or-other designed and made in the Big Apple (by a New York native to boot!), now’s your chance. And with the big red day of love approaching, it’s the perfect time.