Master painter Raphael was infatuated with Margarita Luti, his mistress and model. They carried on their affair for years, Luti serving as inspiration for his paintings as well as his more amorous endeavors. Though little is known about Luti, perhaps Gustave Flaubert put it best: "She was a beautiful woman. That is all you need to know."
In Raphael's portrait "La Velata," Luti's serene beauty is obvious despite her slightly disheveled hair. Around this time, Raphael's friend Castiglione had coined the term "sprezzatura," meaning a certain nonchalance that makes things seem effortless. Perhaps thats's what Raphael was going for, adorning her natural good looks with stunning jewelry.
It's this idea of enhancing effortless beauty that we've sought to capture with the The La Velata Collection The necklace carries a total of 70 carats of multi-colored sapphires and the earrings add an additional 12 carats. This collection captures the natural elegance that Raphael intended with his portrait. The woman in your life already has the appearance of a goddess. The best we can do is to not distract from it.