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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Why are BVLGARI necklaces on a league of their own?

One goes to Cartier is search of perfection, to Harry Winston to source unique stones, to Van Cleef and Arpels or Tiffany's for avant garde  designs and to Bvlgari for the coloured stone necklaces. They are a standalone category in jewellery, in fact if anyone is looking for a theme to start a new collection, now is the perfect time, with a selection of thirteen magnificent examples coming up for sale at Sotheby's Geneva on May 14th.

BVLGARI, Emerald necklace 1970

No other jeweller understands the use of colour better and combines precious stones with pearls or semi precious ones in a more baroque and extravagant way.

BVLGARI, multigem necklace 1965

Bvlgari's designs for necklaces achieve such a degree of artistic perfection that somehow never convey the feeling that they might be too much. As large, important and busy pieces as they come, they never fail to enhance the women that gets to wear them.

BVLGARI, necklace 1980's

One spanish master jeweller once explained to me that the art of combining coloured stones was a very particular science, since stones can bring out the light in each other or may absorb the shine and make the piece look domed. For example, rubies and sapphires should not be next to each other because they both will look darker, however an emerald will bring up clarity to both them.
Mastering this technique and the most adventurous desire to surprise has earned Bvlgari the titke of the ultimate master necklace maker!.
BVLGARI, Turquoise necklace 1970's

BVLGARI, Natural pearl necklace

BVLGARI, Gina Lollobrigida necklace/tiara/bracelet combination

The house of Bvlgari was created in Rome in 1905 but it did not thrive until the 1960's and it has made an imprint in the history of jewellery by the creation of a distinctive and unique style. Bvlgari source of inspiration is the Renaissance and the use of colour. Instead of using diamonds as the most important part of the piece, Bvlgari always makes a coloured stone the centre of its creations.