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  • Literature

    Cf. BVLGARI, A. Triossi & D. Mascetti, Electa, 2007, pp. 92-95, 187-188

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the 1960’s, Bulgari designs began to take a new direction, moving away from the floral inspirations which dominated the 1950's towards the use of non-traditional gemstones encased within smooth and linear contours. The introduction of cabochon-cut stones in interesting colour combinations forged the way for design concepts which were to become fully developed in the following two decades and recognised as distinctly 'Bulgari'.

  • Artist Biography

    Bulgari

    Italian

    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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569

A Gem-set and Diamond Necklace, and A Pair of Matching Earrings, Bulgari

All signed BVLGARI
Length approximately 410mm

Estimate
HK$130,000 - 190,000 
$16,500-24,000

Sold for HK$150,000

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

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018