At De Grisogono, It’s All Gems and Glamour

Early in life, such design was not on Mr. Gruosi’s mind. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and his Italian mother brought him to Florence after his father, who was Lebanese, died. As a teenager, feeling fully Italian, he took his mother’s maiden name and finished high school. But after getting married at 18 and with a baby on the way, he took an entry-level job at a local jewelry boutique. “I was in the atelier every day — looking, checking, asking questions,” he said, adding that the owner had taken notice and sent him, at 25, to open an outlet in London.


A quality control check of a Grappoli watch.

Matias Costa for The New York Times

By the time he was 40, after working at Harry Winston in Saudi Arabia and at Bulgari in a traveling global role, he and two…

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