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  • Literature

    C.f, 'BVLGARI', A. Triossi & D. Mascetti, Electra, 2007, pp. 139-150.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Nicola Bvlgari, grandson of the House’s founder Sotirios Bvlgari and an avid collector of ancient coins since he was a young boy. In 1966, Bvlgari launched 'Monete' jewels incorporating antique Roman coins to their modern design. They began by setting ancient coins into long chain necklaces. The enthusiasm with which they were received by clients inspired Bulgari to use the coins in earrings, rings, bracelets and other decorative objects, and started the enduring tradition of ‘Gemme Nummarie’ or ‘Coin Gems’ which has become part of the Bulgari design fabric.

  • Artist Biography



    Originally from Kalarites, Greece, Sotirios Voulgaris emigrated to Rome because of Greece's rising poverty and difficulty separating from the Ottoman Empire. He set foot on Italian soil in 1880 with little money in his pocket and spent the next four years preparing what would go on to become Italy's oldest jewelry company. 

    In 1884, Bulgari opened its doors to the Italian people with its offering of jewelry and accessories. Bulgari's style takes from traditions in Greek and Roman craftsmanship to elegantly balance volume and subtlety. Later, in the late 1960s, Bulgari bridged classicism and modernity by introducing its seductive, now-iconic Serpenti collection of snake-shaped coil bracelets and watches. It is through its meticulous combination of influences that Bulgari has garnered an international and loyal high-profile clientele, which included Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. These Hollywood stars have immortalized the house's unique gem-adorned bracelets, necklaces and earrings in rounded forms. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A Karat Gold, Diamond and Ruby 'Monete' Necklace, Bulgari

Length approximately 390mm

HK$65,000 - 90,000 

Sold for HK$137,500

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018