Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Art of BVLGARI: La dolce vita and beyond...1950-1990

BVLGARI: Diamond and sapphire sautoir formerly in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor

De Young Museum in San Francisco is hosting another touring exhibition from the Bvlgari Heritage Collection. This one, after the Liz Taylor jewellery auction held by Christies last year, has the added glamour of several pieces that belonged to the iconic star like this beautiful sugarloaf sapphire set in an Art Deco inspired diamond satuoir, which would have been my piece at the named auction had the price tag not have been a bit out of reach...

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. The jeweler is famous for mixing semiprecious stones with diamonds, mounting ancient coins in gold jewelry, and creating easy-to-wear pieces made with unusual color combinations.
This exhibition focuses on the decades of the 1950s through the 1980s; in the period after World War II Bulgari began to create a unique style inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. By the 1970s, Bulgari’s bold and innovative style had gained success with celebrities and the jet set.
The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 presents approximately 150 showstopping pieces from this era, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives. The exhibition takes a decade-by-decade look at Bulgari’s innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.