We are in the heart of Rome, in Piazza di Spagna. We meet Teresa Ingrosso, a lawyer who decided to follow her passion for the world of jewelry and found her company Endless, from which Teresa Roma recently arose. A woman who, with determination, created her project based on the values of authenticity, Made in Italy craftsmanship, tradition and innovation, elegance and emotion.
Teresa, how did your passion for the world of jewelry come about?
My passion for the world of jewelry arose when I was a child. Part of my family has Piedmontese origins, precisely from Alessandria. I spent my childhood there, and I have always breathed the passion for jewelry, seeing many of my friends follow a course of study in goldsmithing. I can therefore say that the goldsmith’s art is part of my roots. The passion has always remained within me, and so I recently decided to give life to my project, in parallel with my career in the legal world.
What does jewelry mean to you?
For me, jewelry is love, passion, and timeless beauty; is an object that differs from the fashions of the moment, therefore an endless object, capable of going beyond the passage of time itself. The jewels of my brand are inspired by a classic style, which can be interpreted in a modern way, combining the taste and essence of different generations. All our creations are carefully finished by hand, and made with precious metals and high-quality stones, which celebrate the elegance of the wearer. However, it is not the material preciousness of the jewel that determines its value, but its emotional value. Each jewel deeply represents whoever chose it and their person.
What are Teresa Roma’s distinctive values, and what do you want to convey through the brand?
The distinctive values of Teresa Roma are authenticity, Made in Italy craftsmanship, tradition and innovation, elegance and the emotional aspect of each jewel. At the basis of my creations, there is always the desire to design a jewel that can accompany every woman in the various stages of life and in her most important moments, telling of love, goals achieved, desires, friendship, freedom, independence, and motherhood.
Where are your collections produced? What bond do you have with the artisans who masterfully create Teresa Roma’s jewels?
My collections are produced exclusively in Italy by the hands of Italian goldsmith craftsmen who study every detail. I have a direct relationship with the goldsmiths who work with me. I love listening to them and discussing with them. I highly value their craftsmanship and experience. The main feature that makes every jewel of my brand special is in fact the Made in Italy craftsmanship and the desire to celebrate the centuries-old Italian goldsmith tradition.
How does the brand express the most intimate and personal dimension of your life?
All the collections are deeply connected to my intimacy, they are an integral part of me because they express my inspirations, my affections, and my passions. Through my creations I express myself.
You will soon be launching your new Margherita and Ludovica collections. Do you want to tell us something about it?
Margherita collection is inspired by the name of my second daughter, who is 10 years old. Margherita is a very dear name to me, because that was also the name of paternal grandmother. Who has never plucked the petals off a daisy to “question” it about the correspondence of love? “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…” Daisies in their language express positive meanings, linked to the concept of truth, purity of soul, youthful innocence, beauty, and candor.
Ludovica collection is inspired by the name of my first daughter, who is 15 years old. Ludovica means “warrior”, “valiant”, “fighter”. The jewels in this collection are iconic, bold, and shiny, and represent the perfect combination of sophisticated design and the expert hand of Vicenza artisans.
What is your inspiration for the next collections?
Right now I’m in the middle of the creative phase. I’m imagining creating a line with a strong character, with precious stones in strong colors. The name of the collection will surely be a big name. You will soon find out more.
How do you imagine the woman wearing Teresa Roma’s jewelry?
I imagine that Teresa Roma’s jewelry is chosen by an elegant, strong, and determined woman, committed to her career and taking care of herself, without renouncing the privilege of being a mother. I imagine that, depending on the moment that the woman is experiencing in her life, she always chooses the jewel that best represents her by listening to and valorizing herself.
How is the creativity of your brand linked to the beauty and culture of Rome, the eternal city?
Teresa Roma’s creativity is closely linked to the beauty of the eternal city for its everlasting and timeless lines, a source of inspiration for the name of the company Endless. Furthermore, I had the privilege of creating a collection, Cappella Sistina, dedicated to the Vatican Museums, within which it is now exhibited. We were inspired by the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel, admired by the whole world. Each creation is made unique by the beauty and history it represents.
You are a woman with a brilliant career behind you. In fact, in addition to being a designer and entrepreneur, you are a successful lawyer. How does your legal profession relate to Teresa Roma?
I have a law degree from the faculty of Genoa and I also work as a lawyer. Teresa Roma represents my most creative and dreamy soul. As Creator, I am responsible for developing the collections and defining the vision and image of the brand. Of course, it is not easy to combine both activities, but driven by passion I always try to give my best.
What is your advice for all women who wish to embark on a new career path?
To all women who, at any age, decide to follow their hearts and embark on a new adventure, I advise them to never lose heart and always believe in their dreams. It is essential to always have the courage to change direction, or to add a new path to what is one’s professional life, as I did. I recommend not listening to the opinion of others but only following what makes us happy.
What is your teaching to your daughters regarding their professional future? How do you convey your passion for jewelry to them?
I often involve my daughters in the world of the brand, I make them participate and they get enthusiastic and passionate about it. Ludovica always tells me: “If I had to describe my mother, I would say that she is courageous”. Margherita says that when she grows up she dreams of following my path. What I teach them is that it is essential to always follow your heart, and only do what you love, because only in this way will you give your best, fulfilling yourself both professionally and as a person.
How do you imagine Teresa Roma’s future? What is your secret dream for the brand?
I am a dreamer par excellence, it is a characteristic that distinguishes me. Therefore, I want my brand to reach more and more women in the future, allowing them to identify with jewelry just like it happens to me. My secret dream is that my collections allow every woman who wears them to feel represented by my jewels, their history, and the values they represent.