VILLA BAMBOLA reflects upon 1960’s Libya, when Italian influence married traditional Jewish and Muslim expressions of art and architecture, such as minarets and painted tiles, with mosaics, arches, and frescos. Stemming from Co-Founder and Creative Director Dana Arbib’s reflection on her own Tripolitanian lineage, personal stories of the last remaining Libyan Jews were uncovered. The resulting collection was inspired by the period’s joie-de-vivre, and depicts a calm and beautiful time in Tripoli.
The jewelry of VILLA BAMBOLA features colors inspired by traditional Libyan glasswork. These colors are revealed through the use of semi-precious stones such as opaline, amazonite, lapis, onyx, and amethyst. Freewheeling fringes and symbols including the hamsa and palm frond decorate this collection. Latticed metal carvings refer to the ancient silver-smithing designs that are commonly found in medallions, platters, and pendants. Each jewelry piece is hand-crafted by desert artisan families who use centuries-old sustainable techniques and traditions.