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  • Catalogue Essay

    In both Greek and Roman mythology, snakes represent rebirth, protection, wisdom and eternity. Ever since Elizabeth Taylor wore a snake bracelet on the set while filming ‘Cleopatra’, the Serpenti jewels became the most iconic and desirable Bulgari creations of all times. This ring with angular geometrical design is a modern interpretation of the same theme, what remains constant is the ingenious flexibility and elasticity of the band that looks just like an actual serpent.

  • 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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THIS LOT IS TO BE SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

619

Lot offered with No Reserve

A Diamond 'Serpenti' Ring, Bulgari

Signed Bvlgari and numbered 260127
Size approximately 6½

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 
$10,000-15,000

Sold for HK$65,000

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

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018