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Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection Makes a Strong Case for Giving in to Temptation

  • August 28, 2022
Photo credit: Fine Art Images/Getty Images; Town & Country Magazine

Photo credit: Fine Art Images/Getty Images; Town & Country Magazine

Don’t be shy. It’s what Lucia Silvestri is thinking when she sees the 22 oval spinels and 3,572 carats of emeralds laid out in front of her. The desk in her office in Rome is a laboratory of boldness. “Those words are a kind of mantra I inherited from Mr. Bulgari. I always dare with colors,” says Silvestri, Bulgari’s creative director of high jewelry since 2013. “And even if sometimes initially the combinations could seem too audacious, in the end we always find the perfect harmony among colors, gems, creativity, and craftsmanship.” The spinels are joined in the jewelry lab with other elements, including 38 rubellites, 11 amethysts, and several diamond bars. Those emeralds are joined by lagoon-blue paraiba tourmalines. The chemical reaction? Exactly as planned.

Photo credit: Benjamin Bouchet

Photo credit: Benjamin Bouchet

Bulgari’s signature is brave Roman strokes. See: Veruschka in that multicolored gem pendant with the enormous carved emerald dangling off her head, or Diana Vreeland in that gold and white enameled Serpenti, or Anne Hathaway in a 107.15-carat cushion-cut Sri Lankan sapphire. Silvestri has that palette of heritage to dip into—and she does: A 1965 Bulgari piece of emeralds, amethyst, turquoise, and diamonds was inspiration for the necklace shown here. But the Eden the Garden of Wonders high jewelry collection presented in Paris on June 6 pushed even further into the territory. Colors were wilder. Blooms were bigger. One new jewelry watchband snaked entirely up the forearm. The Flowers of Eden, a jeweled floral wreath of a necklace combining tourmalines, carnelians, amethysts, and emeralds surrounded by three large mother-of-pearl flowers with diamonds, seemed, to all present in the Place Vendôme that morning, to mark a high point in Bulgari’s heritage of exuberance. Was this—the first post-pandemic high jewelry collection from

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Hottest luxury necklaces 2022 from Gucci to Dior and Chanel and more

  • August 23, 2022

Necklaces are the pinnacle of high jewellery collections. The largest of the jewels, the very best of the best is lavished on necklaces as it is here that the designers, gem sourcing team and master jewellers come together to create the masterpieces of each high jewellery collection.

This summer’s high jewellery collections revealed some awe-inspiring creations in a range of styles to suit the changing tastes of a new generation of jewellery connoisseurs. From our recent travels, we have chosen thirteen necklaces that stood out for being both original and memorable and utterly gorgeous.  

Galet Diamond necklace Boucheron Carte Blanche Ailleurs on model

Crafstmen had to develop special tools to scoop out natural pebbles to lighten them and then set them with a tattoo-like pattern of diamonds in the Galet Diamond necklace from Boucheron’s Carte Blanche Ailleurs high jewellery collection 2022
 

One of the most impressive and innovative high jewellery collections of summer 2022 is Boucheron’s Carte Blanche Ailleurs (above).  Pushing the boundaries of design and materials, Boucheron leads the pack in making high jewellery relevant and exciting, which is exactly what this art is all about. The more goose bumps the better. Hard to choose just one stand-out piece from this pioneering yet aching beautiful collection but the Galet Diamant takes the prize for its genius use of unexpected materials. The Galet Diamant necklace is crafted from hollowed-out pebbles and set with diamonds in this otherworldly necklace that dares to juxtapose the humble beach pebble with the mighty diamond.

Mediterranean Reverie sapphire necklace by Bulgari

The Mediterranean Reverie necklace with a 107.15-carat cushion-cut Sri Lankan sapphire is one of the most valuable jewels ever created by Bulgari and was inspired by the Blue Grotto sea cave in Capri. Bulgari Eden The Garden of Wonders collection 2022

Bulgari’s Mediterranean Reverie (above) has to be included in this line up as the necklace is one of

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