Ippolita has always been inspired by the richness and simplicity of Italian culture. As an artist first and a designer second, Ippolita studied sculpture for five years at the Istituto d’Arte in Florence. There she learned an appreciation for the essential balance between creativity and craftsmanship. She discovered her love for jewelry in the shops on Ponte Vecchio. The uniquely Florentine look of costume-style jewelry made with fine gems would ultimately serve as the inspiration for the IPPOLITA brand aesthetic.