Creative Mind: Alessandro Sabbatini
Crafting just 30 to 40 unique pieces a year, the Italian-born, Paris-based talent produces remarkable bijoux that are bold, contemporary, playful, and eclectic
In the rarefied world of high jewelry, Sabba has garnered a reputation that outpaces its extremely limited production with a cultlike following among serious collectors. The young visionary behind the label is Alessandro Sabbatini, an Italian native who is based in Paris. Crafting just 30 to 40 unique pieces a year, he produces remarkable bijoux that are bold, contemporary, playful, and eclectic. “I love combining unexpected stones and even recutting stones from old pieces to give them a new life,” says the rising star, who honed his skills at Cartier before launching his own atelier on Paris’s Place Vendôme in 2014 at age 26.
Inspirations: “I find inspiration in both ancient and contemporary art. I love haute couture, too, and from time to time, I like to visit portrait exhibitions and imagine what the likes of Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, or even Marie de Médicis would wear in the way of contemporary jewels.”
“I love combining unexpected stones and even recutting stones from old pieces to give them a new life”alessandro sabbatini
Art of the craft: “I spend most of my days sketching—it’s often in the traditional French way using gouache, which takes a lot of time, but the result is like a painting of the final jewel. Other times I might sketch on the back of a restaurant check or if I have an idea in the middle of the street, I’ll even use my phone. These are the drawings I prefer—they are the least precise but also the most inspired.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2023 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.