I’m a huge fan of the Pigneto neighborhood and its offbeat vibe. The awesome restaurant and wine bar scene reels me in on a regular basis. But there’s another reason why I take numerous buses and cross tram tracks into the gritty pedestrian-only Via del Pigneto thoroughfare. And that’s the bling.
R-01-IOS is the abbreviation of the Rome flagship store seller of edgy jewelry brand Iosselliani, whose unpolished silver jewels, burnished metals, posh handbags and novelty ornament collections grace the trendiest worldwide boutiques, from Tokyo to L.A.
Iosselliani’s chic bracelets, original earrings, funky necklaces, and signature stacked rings exude elegance and style. But R-01-IOS cannot be defined as a mere jewelry shop, in its diversified incarnations the store also doubles as exhibition space and workshop, where up-and-coming artists design and showcase their personal creations, which then are sold on the premises.
The progressive, contemporary trend-setter Iosselliani brand was founded in ’97, when Pigneto resident Roberta Paolucci-designer and interior decorator-met Paolo Giacomelli, an illuminated goldsmith. Paolucci is also the owner of the nearby Primo al Pigneto restaurant, and an innovative sponsor of the trendsetting neighborhood, and its rocketing popularity.
The minimalist, post-industrial ambiance of this jeweler also reflects Pigneto’s laid back opening hours: you won’t find R-01-IOS open before 18:00, that’s when the area’s attractive wine bars and restaurants all open for pre-dinner aperitivo drinks. You can however peruse the black-tinted displays spilling gioielli until midnight. Swing by to shop, or simply to enjoy the gorgeous jewelry on display like I do, glass of prosecco in hand.