Carlo Palmiero has a quiet passion for jewellery which is revealed in pieces that display an array of brilliant colours, graceful lines and stunning artistry. After more than 35 years in the business, he doesn't stop looking for inspiration because he loves jewellery so much. 'I look at jewellery as something that conveys emotions,' he says through a translator. 'People have an emotional reaction with jewellery.' The Italian, from Valenza, near Milan, recently came to Hong Kong to showcase his jewellery through Masterpiece by King Fook. And many of his glittering pieces are inspired by nature. 'My collection is a series of ideas that come from the sky, clouds and animals,' he says. One outstanding piece is a crocodile brooch. With a flick of a small switch on the side of its head, its jaw opens and closes. 'I studied the crocodile for one year,' he says. 'I observed how it moved and walked and investigated the colour.' He figured out how to have the jaw open and close by installing a small spring inside its mouth. His appreciation for nature is also apparent in pieces that have gradations in colours according to the colours of the diamonds, that come in white, black, green, blue, yellow and purple. His mushroom rings are brilliant examples, showing shades from white to baby blue to royal blue in the centre, or another from yellow, orange, deep red to black, much like a flower. 'Colour is important as it gives jewellery life,' Palmiero says. One animal which proudly displays its colours is the peacock, a bird the designer perceives as Asian. 'It's very elegant and has a specific posture that gives the impression of sophistication,' he says. For him, it was a way to fuse Chinese and European cultures, much like his dragon pieces designed just in time for the Year of the Dragon next year. He says people in Asia and the West have different concepts of dragons, so he hopes to 'bring something new that is not exactly East or West'. While most of Palmiero's pieces are for the sophisticated woman, he also designs jewellery for the young at heart. At BaselWorld 2011, he released teddy bear designs featuring Beba, Bubi and Berri, three bear cubs. 'We are in a period of crisis all over the world and the bears are a way to convey different emotions to women,' Palmiero explains. 'They can be cute but also affectionate.' Aside from appealing to the emotions, the designer's pieces are also technically beautiful. 'I love detail, quality and beauty, something that has a delicate shape,' he says. A series of rings looks like ribbons woven together, some with white diamonds, others with gradations of colour. The bands really are woven together and the attention to detail is clearly illustrated. Another collection experiments with ruffles, though studded with diamonds. He recalls making ruffles when he was a child and this memory inspired a series of pieces curled up like a rose or made into a bracelet. Palmiero seems set on continuing his quest of helping women show off a feminine style. 'Jewellery for me is an emotion first and then a business,' he says. 'I love the possibility to create something, to mould the material into something that conveys emotions. Those emotions motivate me to keep making jewels.'