Joharia

Sicily: Island of conquest and domination where the splendour of the places merges with the cultures that have alternated over the centuries.

To honour its history and wonders Isola Bella is launching Stupor Mundi, the Wonder of the World: a new concept in jewellery with an exclusive capsule collection dedicated to the artistic movements that forged the soul of the island.

The inspiration originates with the Norman domination of Roger II of Sicily and Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, the enlightened ruler that made Sicily the cradle of literature and arts by uniting the different cultural identities on the island.

The result is the creation of Joharia, the first collection of the Design Anthology STUPOR MUNDI, inspired by the wonders of the Tower of Gioiaria of the Royal Palace in Palermo and its magnificent mosaics: a garden paradise with lush palms and a hunting party with archers, deer, mythological centaurs, lions, leopards, plumed peacocks and snow-white swans elegantly and in great detail in an allegory of the Norman court.

Detailed study of the dimensions and proportions of the mosaics, the accuracy of the craftsmanship and the use of modern technology combine to make every Joharia creation a small work of art with an exclusive collection of charms, pendants, bracelets and earrings that once more evoke the charming beauty of the Wonder of the World.

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The Collection

Crown of Sicily

149,00

This crown-shaped ring pays homage to Frederick II, the great sovereign who was called the “wonder of the world”. The innovations he brought to the Kingdom of Sicily and his immense culture made him a mythical character and he became immortal in the eyes of history.

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Crown of Sicily

49,00

This crown-shaped ring pays homage to Frederick II, the great sovereign who was called the “wonder of the world”. The innovations he brought to the Kingdom of Sicily and his immense culture made him a mythical character and he became immortal in the eyes of history.

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Lion/Leopard

169,00

The Royal Palace, also known as the Norman Palace was built on Roman, Byzantine and Arab ruins and was an important centre of power: it is thought that the Gioiaria Tower, designed, with taste and sophistication, was home to the royal apartments.  The precious mosaics are an allegory of the Norman court.

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Swan/Peacock

170,00

A garden paradise among lush palms and hunting parties, archers, deer, mythological centaurs, lions, leopards, plumed peacocks and snow-white swans are depicted with elegance and precision among gold tiles on the ceiling and walls of the Gioiaria Tower.

Leopard Bracelet

89,00

On the walls of the Sala di re Ruggero, King Roger’s Hall in the Royal Palace in Palermo, leopards and peacocks, centaurs and hunters alternate according to precise symmetries in a splendid  almost abstract decoration that is the only remaining example of Sicilian profane mosaic.

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Lion

89,00

The griffins and lions that adorn King Roger’s Hall – in the Gioiaria Tower in the Norman Palace in Palermo – refer to the sovereign’s power and tenacity. The mosaics depict a precious allegory of the Norman court.

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