Since 1971, the Pennisi family has been selling antique and vintage jewellery a block from La Scala at the Hotel Grand et de Milan, where Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi spent his last days.
There is no address more Milanese than Pennisi. Through visits to auctions and discreet private sales, Pennisi has amassed a distinctive and international collection of jewels and objets de vertu, such as buckles, evening bags and snuff boxes. Pennisi also has an extensive collection of works by Alfredo Ravasco (1873-1958), the designer who provided Milanese families with costly bagatelles such as Mughal-style hard-stone dishes and an Art Deco centrepiece, which combines malachite, carved coral fruit, and antique Chinese jade elephants.
Pennisi jewellery ranges from boxed 18th and 19th century parures and the Grand Tour - important cameos, micro-mosaic and lava stone - to monumental David Webb pieces, and if you can’t reach Venice to purchase a typical moor’s head brooch or earrings, Pennisi has a collection of moretti.
For superlative antique and vintage jewellery, the Pennisi shop exudes the quiet good taste of a connoisseur’s lived-in home, and the sales force consists entirely of two generations of Pennisis.
Recently, Pennisi has been satisfying the growing trend among young Milanese to choose vintage or antique engagement and wedding rings.