Quite a lot of time has passed since the Biennale des Antiquaires, but I still haven’t had time to tell you about one of the brightest companies — the Italian House of Bvlgari. The brand found the Parisian Grand Palais to be the ideal platform to celebrate its 130th anniversary, and demonstrate both its novelty as well as historical jewels, including Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary emerald necklace and items from a private collection of Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza.
A new snake-line was recreated specially for the Biennale (at first Bvlgari made them in 1940s), which was crowned by a unique necklace. It consists of large emerald beads weighing in at more than a thousand carats and two figures of iconic reptiles set with diamonds and rubellite. According to the designers’ idea, the future owner of this magnificent piece of jewelry will get not one, but several items at a time as the snakes can be detached and turned into earrings. I was deeply impressed by a pair of earrings weighing 143.17 carats in total with four fancy-cut emeralds: their unique cut perfectly reveals the minerals’ color and clarity, and its laconic frame just emphasized their beauty.
The part of the booth with Bvlgari Heritage Collection was the most attractive to visitors, and it’s not surprising. Some items were provided for the show by the House’s clients, while others were bought by the company from private collectors in order to return some of the most valuable jewels to their museum. Richard Burton, a British actor and twice-spouse of Elizabeth Taylor, once joked that “Bvlgari” was the only Italian word that his wife knew. Perhaps this was true, but the Richard’s words just proved the fact that Ms. Taylor really knew a lot about the jewelry art and choose the best things only!