- ISBN 9780500513866
- 33.00 x 24.50 cm
- Hardback in slipcase
- With 705 illustrations
- First published 2007
‘Not only a feast for the eyes but also a serious scholarly study’ – The Spectator
A lavishly illustrated exploration of Italy’s greatest jeweler
More than 700 photographs and archival pictures trace the development of the Bulgari style, a distinctive look that has captivated royalty, movie stars and others for more than a century and sparked countless imitations by other jewelers.
The book showcases a range of Bulgari’s stunning innovations, such as its easy-to-wear everyday jewels made with precious gems, its trademark watches and unique Vintage Collection. It also describes the creative inspiration that led the firm to its famous juxtaposition of unusual materials, from mixing semiprecious stones with priceless diamonds and mounting ancient coins in gold jewelry to incorporating substances – such as steel and white porcelain – that had never before been used in couture jewelry.
This elegant volume will delight anyone in the field of fashion and jewelry design, as well as the many enthusiastic collectors of Bulgari jewels.
Amanda Triossi has been a consultant for Bulgari, whose historical archives she set up, since 1997, and is currently Curator of the Bulgari Vintage Collection. From 1986 to 2000 she headed Sotheby’s jewelry department in Amsterdam, and also created and led the ‘Understanding Jewelry’ course for Sotheby’s Institute in London. Daniela Mascetti is a Senior Director of Sotheby’s, which she joined in 1980. She regularly lectures on the history of jewelry and currently runs Sotheby’s Institute of Art Jewelry Courses in London. She is co-author, with David Bennett, of Understanding Jewellery.