A Tribute to Femininity : BULGARI Jeweler to the Stars

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On 7th September, 2018 in the Moscow Kremlin Museums inaugurates the exhibition "BVLGARI. Tribute to Femininity. Magnificent Roman Jewels ". The retrospective will show the works of high jewelry art of the worldwide famous Italian maison BVLGARI which history dates back to more than one hundred and thirty years. In the exhibition halls of the Assumption Belfry and the Patriarch's Palace visitors will be able to trace changes in the jewelry design from the very first silversmith pieces created in the Greek tradition in the late 19th century to the magnificent works of the "Dolce Vita" era and famous subsequent collections of the end of the millennium.

One of the main themes of the exhibition is the reflection of the ideas of feminism in the works of BVLGARI. This theme will be explored through the collection created by the jewelry maison in various decades of the 20th century, when the destruction of stereotypes about traditional role of women in the society was reflected in jewelry as well as in other arts. Since the 1920s maison BVLGARI has created exclusive jewelry pieces and watches in the art deco style typical for that epoch with linear and geometric motifs, experimented with volumes and began to use large round shaped diamonds. In the following decades the style of jewelry has changed along with the women’s lifestyle. In the postwar period BVLGARI added the restraint, started to use precious stones instead of semiprecious ones. Then the key role in the creative concept of BVLGARI gradually moved to the color: the combination of stones began to be contrasting - from blue with green to red with green and blue. In the 60s the volume and the color became the trademark of BVLGARI style.

BVLGARI’s history is inseparably linked with the names of such legendary actresses as Elizabeth Taylor, who was the ideological leader of the feminist movement and the ideal of a free woman, Anna Magnani, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren. It was their orders made in different years which appeared to be magnificent jewelry pieces in which nature and attitude to life of the famous clients were reflected. Many of them preferred to work on camera wearing their own jewelry. For many years these jewelry pieces were the personification of luxury and freedom of women who are able to embody their ideas in jewelry. In the exhibition one can see the jewelry pieces of the maison BVLGARI which belonged to the cinema divas of the 1960s, expressing a charismatic image of each of them. Visitors will see an unusual design of the exhibition space. Specially designed for the project original multimedia and lighting will provide the effect of presence and will allow immersing into the incomparable atmosphere of creation of a jewelry masterpiece.

A variety of educational programs will accompany the exhibition. In the lecture hall of the Moscow Kremlin Museums series of lectures "Famous jewelry maisons. The maison BVLGARI” will be held dedicated to the history of the creation of legendary brands, masters, designers and the jewelry proper. Guests also can enjoy cultural and educational programs which include a visit to the exhibition as well as workshops, where under the guidance of an art historian each participant will be able to create their own original sketch of jewelry and its model.

During the exhibition the Moscow Kremlin Museums will host the music festival «Ambassadorial Gifts" which this year will be dedicated to the Italian music, its richness and stylistic diversity. At one of the concerts music pieces will be performed using violin of the great master Andrea Guarneri, which is currently stored in the State Collection of unique musical instruments of Russia. The last concert of the festival will be dedicated to the Italian cinema of the 20th century. Music by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani from the best Italian films of the great directors – Federico Fellini, Franco Zeffirelli, Roberto Benigni, Vittorio De Sica will be performed.

The exhibition will be held from 7th September, 2018 till 13th January, 2019.Exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry, Exhibition hall of the Patriarch's Palace.

 

BULGARI BRAND NEWS: Tribute to Femininity

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BULGARI Tribute to Femininity : Roman Jewels : 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 13 JANUARY 2019

For the first time in Russia, the Moscow Kremlin Museums will hold a retrospective exhibition, presenting pieces of high jewellery art by world-known Italian Maison BVLGARI, which history dates back more than a hundred and thirty years. Over four hundred unique pieces of high-end jewellery from the Bulgari Heritage Collection, as well as pieces from the private collections from around the globe, will be on display at two exhibition halls of the Kremlin museums — the Exhibition Hall of the Assumption Belfry and the Exhibition Hall of the Patriarch’s Palace.

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The formation of such an original style of BVLGARI in all its variety will be represented by works created during many decades, beginning with the earliest silver items, accomplished in Neo-Grec tradition by the founder of the family business Sotirio Bulgari in the 1870s and 1890s, including luxury pieces of the 1950s and 1960s —La dolce vita epoch, as well as extraordinary works of the 1970s and 1990s.

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The history of the brand is closely related to such legendary women as Anna Magnani, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Gina Lollobrigida, Monica Vitti and Sophia Loren, reflected in the display which includes a considerable quantity of jewellery that expressed charismatic image and inimitable character of each woman.

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Susceptibility to experiments, creativity and inventiveness, which are identified with  BVLGARI international name, will be shown in large complexes of works, demonstrating surprising originality and courage in interpreting familiar motifs and themes, as well as extraordinary richness in colour and plastic when working with different stones, including cabochons, their unexpected colour mix and combination of precious and semi-precious materials.

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This refers to the collection of bracelet-watches SERPENTI, being developed by BVLGARI from the mid-1940s. It symbolizes ancient Roman roots of the brand and at the same time reflects esthetics of the 20th century as the construction of the items involves TUBOGAS technology (‘tubogas’ – gas tube) in which the flexible hollow band made of precious metal enlaces the wrist and ends up with the watch.  In this respect, a variety of scaly decorations becomes countless: enamels, stones, dull and polished gold. A new life of an ancient tradition was embodied into another collection of the Maison BVLGARI that was being created from the mid-1960s—MONETE. It uses Greek, Roman and Persian coins of colossal historical value. Furthermore, inscriptions on the coins that go with images of the emperors inspired artists in 1975 to use the company’s logo as an element of watches design: first—BVLGARI ROMA, and then—BVLGARI BVLGARI, that turned out to be in high demand and of great interest among the admirers of the brand. Several original novelties became successful and innovative in the 1980s, viz combination of precious materials and silk laces in necklaces, as well as the formation of adornment compositions out of individual details— modules, made of metal, various stones and mounted like travertine of Rome paving, on the principle of the curly bracket— PARENTESI. These objects were produced in many combinations, beginning with diamonds and finishing with haematites and corals. In the 1990s, BVLGARI’s experiments on introducing new materials culminated in the creation of one more amazing collection which used white porcelain—CHANDRA, meaning ‘moon’ in Sanskrit.

Thus, the Moscow Kremlin Museums exhibition will demonstrate the evolution of the design of the renowned Italian Maison BVLGARI, which artistic heritage remains a vivid page in the history of world jewellery art of the 20th century.

The Moscow Kremlin Museums have launched a theme-based satellite site about the exhibition https://bulgari.kreml.ru/en-US





September Stone of the Month : Sapphire

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Blue sapphire belongs to the mineral species corundum. It can be a pure blue but ranges from greenish blue to violetish blue. The name “sapphire” can also apply to any corundum that’s not red and doesn’t qualify as ruby, another corundum variety.

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Deep, intense, velvety blue is the best way to describe the color of this sapphire from the Kashmir region on the India/Pakistan border.

Most people who think of sapphire picture the color blue.

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Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes so-called “fancy sapphires.” They come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. There are also “parti-colored” sapphires that show combinations of different colors. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown.

Stunning jewelry designs can be created by combining different sapphire colors.

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Fancy sapphires are generally less available than blue ones, and some colors are scarce, especially in very small or very large sizes. Still, fancy sapphires create a rainbow of options for people who like the romance associated with this gem, but who also want something out of the ordinary.

Sapphires come in every color except red. Red corundum earns the name “ruby.”

The mineral corundum is composed only of aluminum and oxygen, and it requires a growth environment that’s free of silicon. However, silicon is a very common element, making natural corundum relatively uncommon. In its purest state, corundum is actually colorless. Colorless sapphires were once popular diamond imitations, and they’ve staged a comeback as accent stones in recent years.

But colorless corundum is rare. Most corundum contains color-causing trace elements. When the trace elements are iron and titanium, the corundum is blue sapphire. Only a few hundredths of a percent of iron and titanium can cause the color, and the more iron the corundum contains, the darker the blue. Chromium can cause the red color of ruby or the pink of pink sapphire.

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In the 1990s, discoveries in East Africa and Madagascar brought fancy sapphires widespread recognition. The new sources supplemented production from traditional ones like Sri Lanka and Madagascar and increased the availability of yellows, oranges, pinks, and purples.

The colors attracted jewelry designers who wanted to move away from traditional hues of red, blue, and green. Now, contemporary designers arrange fancy sapphires in stunning rainbow suites.

Corundum can show a phenomenon called asterism, or the star effect. This phenomenon usually appears as a six-ray star pattern across a cabochon-cut stone’s curved surface. The star effect can be seen in ruby or any color of sapphire, and it arises from white light reflecting from numerous tiny, oriented needle-like inclusions.

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Besides fancy sapphire and star corundum, there’s another interesting variety: color-change sapphire. These fascinating stones change color under different lighting. Their presence adds a special dimension to the already amazing corundum family of gems.

Both blue and fancy sapphires come from a variety of exotic sources including Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Australia.

BULGARI Watch for September: Octo Finissimo Skeleton

 The BULGARI Octo Finissimo Skeleton

The BULGARI Octo Finissimo Skeleton

2018: The Year of Octo-Obsession Continues With A Skeleton Delight

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) announced their nominees for what is known as the Academy Awards of the watchmaking world. Of all the GPHG nominations, Bulgari got the most nods. The brand is up for awards in five categories, including jewelry, men’s complication, ladies’, ladies’ complication, and mechanical exception.

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And while we won’t know the results until the ceremony on November 9th, we haven’t stopped thinking about all things Octo since Baselworld. First, we fell in love with the chimes of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, and then we succumbed to the charms of the Octo Finissimo Sandblasted. Now, we’re all about the Octo Finissimo Skeleton Black Edition, an opulent men’s watch that combines the taut, edgy lines of an objet d’art with haute horology.

Thin Is In

First, let’s address the space race. There is definitely a space race going on between watchmakers. And while silhouettes are getting slimmer in all categories, ultra-thin watches are usually seen as the province of dress watches. In the last five years, however, the friendly competition between Piaget and Bulgari to create the world’s thinnest mechanical watch (with or without a complication) has created an opening for sporty but skinny timepieces.

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At 40mm, the Octo Finissimo Skeleton Black Edition has plenty of wrist presence. Yet its thickness has been reduced to a bare minimum of 5.37mm. This allows the watch to sit perfectly flush on the wrist so that it doesn’t get caught up under cuffs — you don’t want to hide a beauty like this under your sleeve.

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Another innovation is the integrated bracelet. Ultra-thin, ultra-light-weight and flexible the Octo Finissimo Skeleton Black Edition’s folding clasp is literally set inside the bracelet for a snug, comfortable fit.

Fine Finishes

In 2018, Bulgari celebrated its 100th year of jewelry watchmaking. But with the Octo — a singular watch that has grown into a whole collection — Bulgari has transitioned from being a jeweler who makes watches into a watchmaker that makes fine watches that also work as jewelry.

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And it’s with a jeweler’s eye for details that make the Octo Finissimo Skeleton Black Edition stand out. Like the sandblasted models, the matte finish of the black Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium case, and bracelet jumps out visually. The black coating also adorns the bridges. The indications bring the only color accents, all highlighted with rose gold-plated hands. The hours and minutes hands are faceted and openworked.

But Octo Finissimo Skeleton Black Edition is more than just a pretty face. The design, in fact, is quite practical. The dedicated central hours and minutes hands appear to be suspended in mid-dial. The small seconds is shown between 7 and 8 o’clock. At 9 o’clock, the power reserve is on the front side. The metal under the case’s ebony coating is lightweight-but hardwearing sandblasted titanium.

Good Bones

With the Octo line, Bulgari likes to prove that it’s up for a technical challenge. In the case of the Skeleton Black Edition, the brand had to balance the signature eight-sided case shape with the delicate openworked movement. So not only was the case slimmed down and the materials made lighter, The mechanics were meticulously cut away to eliminate any superfluous material.

That mechanism is, of course, the Finissimo BVL 128 SK calibre, a manufacture hand-wound skeleton movement measuring just 2.35mm thick. The result is stunning: the openwork structure of the watch is all about transparency, enablinga views through the whole movement, from the front, and through the sapphire caseback window. This mechanism is none other than the Finissimo BVL 128 SK calibre, a Manufacture hand-wound skeleton movement measuring just 2.35mm thick.

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We can’t wait to see how Bulgari will continue to innovate with the Octo collection in 2019. But for those of us who live in the present, this graphic and robust creation will do nicely for now.

BULGARI Watch of the Month

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ONLY FIVE WATCHES MADE WORLDWIDE - LVCEA TUBOGAS SKELETON

Always in tune with women’s desires, Lvcea Tubogas Skeleton makes this sophisticated mechanical complication a playful addition to its growing family of watches.

Designed for women who appreciate the delicate complexity of mechanical timepieces, it is a virtuoso display of haute horlogerie, revealing the hidden depths of the Lvcea for the very first time. Confirming Bvlgari’s commitment to feminine watches, the Lvcea Skeleton is the only skeletonized watch on the market made expressly for women.

The new Lvcea Tubogas Skeleton in pink gold and diamonds showcases the exquisitely complicated automatic winding BVL 191 skeleton movement, crafted by hand in-house in Bvlgari’s Manufacture in Switzerland. However, this being Bvlgari, the Lvcea Skeleton is not just a mechanical masterpiece that allows women to admire its beating heart. It is the first skeleton watch in history that takes the letters of the watchmaker’s logo and makes them integral to the design.

The timepieces is presented with the iconic Tubogas bracelet, reminding us of Bvlgari’s heritage as a jeweller. The slinky links of the Tubogas bracelet add a pleasing symmetry when contrasted with the perfectly round face of the Lvcea.

Christened Tubogas because of its similarity to a lowly woven-metal gas pipe, the technique has been used in jewellery making since the late 40’s. An eloquent example of industrial-inspired design, it was popularized in the Art Deco period when the challenge of miniaturizing large engineered objects, and using them for novel purposes, took off. In the 1940s, Bvlgari inserted a watch dial into a Tubogas bracelet to create a highly stylized serpent watch. The design was revived in the 1970s when Bvlgari introduced it into watches, bracelets, necklaces and rings. The effect of a stark, engineered coil combined with coins and richly colored precious gems created a fascinating contrast that marked Bvlgari’s style of jewels, intended to be worn and enjoyed every day. 

Complicated to produce, the Tubogas is formed by long bands of gold or steel that are wrapped around a steel core. As they are coiled, the rounded contours of the bands interlock to conceal completely the inner structure. The specialist goldsmiths use no soldering. The flexibility of the coiled bands alone is what gives the Tubogas its characteristic bounce. Crafted with a jeweller’s sensibility, the result is a watch that is proudly Italian, unapologetically glamorous and forever stylish. 

LVCEA TUBOGAS SKELETON

Movement

In-house mechanical movement Calibre BVL 191SK with automatic winding and skeleton execution. Indication of the hours, minutes and seconds, 28,800 vph, 42-hour power reserve.

Case, dial and strap

33mm 18kt gold rose case set with brilliant-cut diamonds. 18kt rose gold crown set with a pink cabochon-cut stone and a brilliant-cut diamond. 18kt rose gold bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Open work dial featuring the BVLGARI logo with rose gold plated letters set with diamonds (117 stones). Red lacquered hands. Water-resistant to 50m. 18kt rose gold Tubogas bracelet with lugs set with brilliant-cut diamonds

Bella Hadid Shines in BULGARI

Brand Ambassador Bella Hadid (IG: 18.3M Followers) leaves her hotel wearing BVLGARI high jewelry heading to an event in New York.

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From left to right: High Jewelry White Gold, Pink Sapphire, Black Mother of Pearl and Diamond Ring (7596); High Jewelry Diamond Drop Earrings (M9745); Giardini Italiani High Jewelry White Gold and Diamond Bracelet (260771)

Stars Shine in BULGARI

Stars shine in BULGARI at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards in Santa Monica.

Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman (IG: 5M followers) wears BVLGARI Catene gold chain necklace and actress Olivia Munn (IG: 2.1M followers) carries the Serpenti Tubogas gold cocktail clutch at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards held in Santa Monica. 

Bella Heathcote Shines in BULGARI at the "Face of the Future" Event in Los Angeles

Actress Bella Heathcote (IG: 132K followers) shines in BVLGARI MVSA rings and earrings at the Women in Film Face of the Future event, hosted by Vanity Fair and Max Mara at Chateau Marmont Hotel, Los Angeles.       

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From left to right: MVSA Pink Gold, Chalcedony, Boule Rubellite, Cabochon Tourmaline and Pave Diamond Earrings (349552).  MVSA Pink Gold and Mother of Pearl Ring (353133)

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