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  • 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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PROPERTY OF A LADY

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A Suite of Diamond Jewelry

Comprising a necklace, composed of -set diamond interlocking links, suspending pavé-set diamond bombé bell shaped fringe, a bracelet and a pair of ear pendants en suite, mounted in 18K yellow gold, necklace length 14 inches, bracelet length 7 inches, ear pendant length  1 1/2 inches.
Signed 'Bulgari'

Estimate
$60,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $140,500

JEWELS

8 December 2010  2pm
New York