Born to Venetian parents and educated in Florence, Paolo Costagli spent the first twenty years of his life immersed in a culturally rich and sophisticated environment. In 1989, upon Costagli's graduation as a Gemologist, he chose to follow his passion for gemstones by going to Colombia to start his career in the gem industry. Paolo eventually joined a major emerald exporting company as the Chief Buyer, in charge of selecting and cutting rough emeralds. After almost three years of this training Paolo decided to move to New York to immerse himself in its colored gemstone, diamond, and jewelry market. In 1995, Paolo began working on his one-of-a-kind jewelry collection.