A FINE EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING, BY BULGARI

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Lot 115
A FINE EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING, BY
BULGARI

Sold for £ 598,750 (US$ 801,512) inc. premium
A FINE EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING, BY BULGARI
The step-cut emerald weighing 10.04 carats between demi-lune-shaped diamond shoulders, diamonds approximately 1.25 carats total, signed Bulgari, maker's mark, ring size M½

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by a report from Gübelin stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin with indications of minor clarity enhancement (oil). Report number 20120021, dated 15th December 2020.

    Property of a European Private Collector:
    A Collection of Jewels by Bulgari
    Lots 109 – 115

    Bulgari was founded in 1884 by Sotirio Bulgari, a Greek silversmith who had been displaced by war. Sotirio was robbed of everything in Naples and overcame great adversity to open his first store in Rome. He and his sons initially specialised in silver, largely catering to the tourist market before focusing exclusively on fine jewellery.

    By the 1930s, Bulgari's distinctive style had begun to emerge with the creation of the first 'Trombino' ("little trumpet") ring. The first 'Serpenti' jewel followed during the late 1940s. As an ancient symbol of rebirth and eternal love, Bulgari paid homage to Rome's ancient origins and the Eternal City's romantic association with Cleopatra. The complex techniques required to imitate the sinous form of a serpent coiling around a wrist were perfected during the 1960s and 1970s and today, the Serpenti collection of jewellery is regarded as one of Bulgari's most iconic lines.

    During the 1950s and 1960s, Rome become a popular location for shooting Hollywood's star-studded Roman epics and Bulgari's store on the Via Condotti attracted an impressive and international clientele of high-profile actors and socialites. It was through this highly publicised association that Bulgari came to epitomise La Dolce Vita, then very much in vogue in Europe and America. During this era, Bulgari began to break away from the trends previously set by other European jewellers and the distinctive feature that really came to set them apart was their bold and unrestrained use of colour. Bulgari had become very active in the Indian market during the 1950s, buying up coloured diamonds and gemstones of exceptional quality, some with ancestral provenance. Lots 113 - 115 exemplify this cultural journey and Bulgari's inspired use of colour, evoking the true spirit of Italian glamour.
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