As Ornella Iannuzzi has gone from strength to strength this year, winning award after award, it is a small wonder that she has made it into the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 for a second year running. Ornella started 2015 on a high when she won the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company award for The Uprising ring, a creation that captures Ornella’s impeccable attention to detail, excellence in creative design and originality. “It was an amazing reward to receive the Goldsmiths’ Company Award,” Ornella says. “It has given me even more drive to carry on exploring the sculptural aspect of my jewellery.”

The much talked about Uprising ring offers a tension-set design intricately crafted in rose gold with baroque pearls and diamond accents in a wave motif. Ornella assures Professional Jeweller that she has more “ambitious projects” in mind for the Fine Art Jewellery section of her business — many of which will be displayed at the Goldsmiths’ Fair this autumn.

Alongside success on UK soil with her Pret-a-Porter collections – including securing Amazon.co.uk as a stockist in recent month – Ornella has set her sights on the global jewellery market, taking her designs to Paris Fashion Week and Couture Las Vegas.

Ornella puts her heart and soul into every piece and can often be found working 12 hour days, seven days a week. She explains: “I am totally passionate about what I do and very focused, so most of my time and energy goes into my work. I am nearly there in terms of what I want to achieve so I guess once I have reached my aims, I will have more time for rest and especially for travelling, which should affect my inspiration.”

When she does find time to relax though Ornella can be found lost in nature, hence the woodland vibes in her striking profile picture. She loves going to forests, mountains and the seaside to recharge her creative batteries and enjoys going on long treks and camping in what most would describe as the middle of nowhere. She adds: “I collect minerals and gemstones so I like to go to fairs as well to look for new specimens that could make the next amazing jewellery piece.” We look forward to seeing them!