Gianni Versace was born in Italy in1946. After an apprenticeship at his mother's dressmaking business, he began working as a freelance designer. At age 25, Versace was creating collections for top fashion houses of the time, but in 1978, with the help of his brother, Santo, he founded the Gianni Versace company, and later that year, the first Gianni Versace collection was shown in Milan. He quickly earned international praise for his bold and innovative designs both for his clothes and his jewellery. Versace also worked as a theatre designer with Teatro della Scala, designing costumes for many operatic productions, and this engagement with the theatre sparked a passion that would span his career.
He was an ardent patron of the performing and visual arts and an esteemed member of the international artistic community. In 1993, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded the American Fashion Oscar to Versace, and he was honoured by the Italian and French presidents. Gianni Versace was murdered outside his home in 1997 in Miami, Florida.
Not often found, all vintage Versace jewellery is of exceptional design and is highly collectible.