New date: October 16th! Be Jeweled!

New date: October 16th! Be Jeweled!

With Patrizia di Carrobio and Grazia d’Annunzio

Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m.
$10 members · $20 non-members · $40 V.I.P
Online via Zoom · In English

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Due to a scheduling conflict with the second presidential debate on October 15th, please note Be Jeweled with Patrizia di Carrobio and Grazia d'Annunzio will now take place on Friday October 16th at 6:00 p.m. (Chicago) / 7:00 p.m. (New York).

6:00 p.m. (Chicago) and 7:00 p.m. (New York)

VIP tickets: Hang out with our guests after the event thanks to a separate zoom link. Limited availability, reserve early!


As an international dealer of precious gems and vintage jewelry for more than 30 years, Patrizia's family history precedes her: While sharing an apartment with fashion legend Elsa Schiaparelli, Patrizia’s grandmother Contessa Gabriella Nicolis di Robilant served as a fashion and jewelry advisor to wealthy American traveling to Paris.

Join us for an hour of 100% Italian energy and charm when former Vogue Italia editor Grazia d’Annunzio joins Patrizia to share tales of adornment in history, fashion, literature and art – as well as tips on how to always make heads turn without breaking the bank!


Patrizia di Carrobio began her career at Christie’s in New York in 1980, quickly becoming one of the firm’s senior gem appraisers, and eventually heading the Jewelry Department. She was the first female auctioneer in the Jewelry Department and generated a record-breaking $30 million sale, the largest such sale in North America at the time. Her passion for jewelry spans centuries, cultures, and genres —from costume jewelry to Crown Jewels. She deals in important diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and royal jewels, as well as important pieces by jewelers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and JAR. She has also lent items from her collection to celebrities for Oscar and Emmy red carpet appearances.


She is the author of two Italian style classics: Diamanti: Una Guida Personale (Diamonds: A Personal Guide) and Conoscere I Gioielli: Come Sceglierli e Portarli (Knowing Jewels: How to Choose and Wear Them). Bestsellers in Italy, both books articulate her view that jewelry can inspire what is best within us. The books have garnered rave reviews in publications like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and Flair. In her latest book, Be Jeweled, released in Italy in late 2017 and in the United States in March of 2018. 

Born in Canada to Italian parents, Patrizia has lived in four European countries. She currently resides in New York City and travels the globe to buy and sell stones and jewelry for an international clientele, while also touring the U.S. and Europe to lecture on jewelry.


Grazia d’Annunzio teaches Fashion Journalism at Universita‘ degli Studi di Milano and she hosts the series “Addressing Style” at New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’.

Prior to  her 25 years stint in NY as the Special Project Editor of  Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair  and  Architectural Digest, Grazia was  deputy editor of  Vogue Italia  and the  first editor in chief of Italian Glamour.


This series is curated by Alexander Aubry; Patrizia di Carrobio; and Aimee Laberge – in partnership with the Fashion Resource Center the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).


Free admission for this program is offered to students in Fashion Studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago; the Lycée français de Chicago; as well as students of French at Loyola University and DePaul University in Chicago; University of Wisconsin - Madison: Washington University in Saint-Louis; and Oberlin College. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


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