Bulgari tales: Bvlgari Preserves the Monuments that Inspire its Jewels in the Diva's Dream Collection

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The Diva’s Dream collection by Bvlgari is dedicated to immortalize the female beauty through its sophisticated style that incorporates inedited shapes and precious stones that highlight for their fine and elegant shapes. This treasure is also inspired on historic monuments, like the Roman Baths of Caracalla, whose pure and perfect lines are present on the Hand Fan-shaped design of Diva’s Dream.

In a constant creative dialogue rich in quotations and suggestions, many of Rome's artistic and architectural features shine in the design of Bulgari jewels. To celebrate this value affinity, in 2016 the Maison financed the restoration of the polychrome floor mosaics of the western entrance palestra of the Baths of Caracalla, whose fan motif with its pure and perfect lines inspired the Divas' Dream collection.

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The restoration process unearthed parts of the precious polychrome-marbled mosaic floor that had been covered for more than 40 years for protection. Crafted according to a refined, geometric fan shape, the mosaics served as major inspiration for Bulgari. 

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“The Baths of Caracalla are an archeological jewel in the heart of the Eternal City, a place where you can breathe all the greatness of the Roman history,” said Bulgari’s chief executive officer Jean-Christophe Babin. “For a jeweler like Bulgari, which places the search of beauty at the center of its creative passion, to help enhancing the splendor enclosed in such an evocative place is a source of great pride,” he added.

The restoration area was entirely covered in grass, with mosaic beneath," explains Marina Piranomonte, head of restoration at Caracalla. As the delicate process began; the team began to excavate and struck gold. "We found many tessera, the marble tiles that were first laid more than 2,000 years ago," says Marina. "The Romans were snobs and wanted the most expensive marble from abroad instead of using Italian marble from Carrara, so the yellow is from Tunisia, the white and green serpentino from Greece, and the red porfido from Egypt."

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The work is now complete; the mosaic floor has been gloriously revealed. Bulgari's commitment to helping restore Rome's riches is now literally set in stone, while ensuring the brand's lifeblood continues to flow. Observing the immense pride taken by Marina and her team of archaeologists in the revealed mosaics is a reminder of the gratification taken by the Bulgari craftsmen working on the collections. While one uncovers the beauty of the past, the other creates the beauty of the future, with a common bond; both are physically and intrinsically connected by the colours, mystery and chic that is Rome, this most eternal of cities.

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