Every piece of jewelry tells a story and you can create the best ones in a jewelry shop called Soprana right in Vicenza’s heart.
Established in 1910 and nestled in a centuries-old shop in the historic Basilica Palladiana, this fourth-generation family business is a place where the flame of the local goldsmithing and jewelry-making traditions burns bright. After all, Vicenza is known as the Italian City of Gold and Soprana, with its goldsmithing studio and a wide selection of jewelry brands, gives you direct access into this exciting world.
We give jewelry to mark special moments in our lives and we cherish the pieces of jewelry we own for the memories and emotions attached to them.
With Italian jewelry being known worldwide for its quality, flawless finish, and impeccable style, Soprana is best positioned to help you pick the right piece for every occasion. The business is a long-standing stockist of renowned brands like Marco Bicego, Fope and Damiani, offering jewelry pieces with diamonds, pearls and colored gemstones to suit and entice every taste.
And if you are about to make the most important step in your life by proposing to the person you love, in Soprana you will get the full package – from advice on the right engagement ring to help with choosing a matching wedding band. Industry terms like carat, cut, color and clarity will be explained in English in detail, so that you and your loved one can decide what suits you best.
In the event that you prefer something custom-made, you can rely on Soprana’s on-site goldsmithing studio to combine traditional jewelry-making techniques with a design inspired by you. After all, what can be more romantic than shopping for Italian jewelry in the historic setting of a shop which has been housing jewelry-makers since 1770. It’s definitely a moment to remember for life.
No matter what the occasion, Soprana should be top of your list. The business not only stocks contemporary lines of jewelry, but also antique pieces dating back to the 18th century, so that you can choose something really special and unique.
If you are looking for mementos of your time in Vicenza and Italy or for stylish souvenirs, opt for the Loving Palladio jewelry line. A collection of silver and gold pieces inspired by the perfect architecture of the splendid Basilica Palladiana which houses Soprana’s family business.
Prices for the Loving Palladio jewelry start from a very reasonable €45. It is an affordable way to treat family, friends and yourself to a piece which you can wear to look stylish both day and night.
The scope of Soprana doesn’t stop at jewelry, though. The business is also renowned for its watch- and clock-related traditions. In fact, at a second Soprana shop inside the Basilica Palladiana, you can admire and shop from a wonderful collection of antique and more contemporary free-standing and decorative clocks.
It is one of only two or three such shops in the whole of Italy and, coupled with the on-site clock- and watch-repair, -restoration and -making studio, it offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of time-keeping traditions.
In addition, at Soprana you can also find a hand-picked selection of the best brands of wristwatches. From Mühle Glashütte and MeisterSinger to Junghans, you can make a choice from a variety of formal, casual, sport and even military-style watches. A special mention should go to the MeisterSinger models with a single hand – an homage to the very first wristwatches.
No matter which brand and model you choose, a watch is a very thoughtful present for a loved one or even for yourself any day of the year. To help you with your selection, you can seek the advice of Matteo Soprana, a graduate of the prestigious WOSTEP International Watch School in Switzerland.
Together with his father Stefano and brother Giovanni Soprana – renowned jewelers themselves – they are the modern face of the family business and keepers not only of its traditions but of the jewelry-making customs of Vicenza, too.
Stefano Soprana restored the extraordinary crown and the pectoral necklace of the Madonna of Monte Berico – splendid pieces created from jewelry donated by the people of Vicenza to honor the patron saint of the city over one hundred years ago.
Stefano was also instrumental in researching and curating the materials used for the creation of the Jewel of Vicenza, a tri-dimensional model of the historical nucleus of the city made of 15 kg of silver which is on permanent display at the Diocesan Museum.
The family has also curated several cultural events, most recently taking part in the creation of Vicenza in Oro, a golden tour encompassing the treasures of the city dating back to 1339 and including visits to Vicenza’s best museums and goldsmithing studios and boutiques.
Indeed, a visit to Soprana is more than a visit to a shop, it is a real experience of getting in touch with the jewelry roots of Vicenza and Italy.
The best part, however, is that the American community here can use a special tax rebate of 22% when shopping at Soprana. You just need to visit the shop to be given details on how to take advantage of it. This way, Soprana’s precious jewels – both contemporary and antique – as well as the striking time-pieces will be even harder to resist.
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