Anna Porcu grew up in a Tuscan family that understood the value of ancient finds. The daughter of an antiquarian, Porcu learned quickly how to identify priceless artifacts. She received a master’s degree in art history before heading to Gucci to work in the brand’s archives. Then in 2011 she launched her own line of jewelry, based on vintage cameos that she sources throughout Europe, particularly in England. The museum-quality pieces usually date back to the 19th century and feature anything from ancient Roman goddesses to pastoral scenes to noble women carved in profile. Porcu then transforms them into modern-day accessories by mounting them on bracelets and necklaces like this white leather cuff that features Diana on the hunt with her dog. Given their historical significance, they’re definitely a luxury splurge, with prices ranging from €800 to €2,000, but at least you know the one-of-a-kind treasures have stood the test of time.
Anna Porcu Diana Cuff, €1,800 at Anna Porcu.