Above: Dina Nur Satti, founder of Nur Ceramics, wears a pink gold, mother-of-pearl, topaz, citrine, amethyst, quartz, rubellite, and diamond Bulgari High Jewelry Magnifica Color Ripple necklace. Draped on one of Satti’s designs is the Magnifica Celestial Sky necklace in platinum,sapphires, rubellite beads, and diamonds. Prices upon request. Hair and makeup: Sandrine Van Slee at Art Department for Charlotte Tilbury.
In the 1950s, spurred on by the postwar revival in Rome and by the American movie stars flocking to the local Cinecittà Studios, the Italian luxury house Bulgari seized the moment to reinvigorate its approach to jewelry-making after more than six decades: Traditional diamond settings made way for a vibrant palette and an audacious scale. The fervent appetite among clients for the resulting turquoise bib necklaces and extravagant sapphire brooches confirmed that Bulgari’s new designs were the ideal accompaniment to a dawning optimistic age. Full-tilt color has been one of the house’s aesthetic hallmarks ever since.
Now with another global reawakening on the horizon, Bulgari is pushing the boundaries of its vision once again. The brand’s Magnifica collection features 350 pieces of high jewelry and watches heaped with gemstones that recall those heady days of Hollywood on the Tiber. The kaleidoscopic Color Ripple collar, set with five colossal cabochons in topaz, citrine, amethyst, quartz, and rubellite, exults in an expressive palette, while the supple Celestial Sky necklace, with its central sapphire of more than 13 carats, takes artful inspiration from Rome’s Baroque Sant’Andrea della Valle church. Made entirely by hand, each piece in the Magnifica grouping is the product of painstaking artistry, sometimes amounting to 2,500 hours per creation—because such emblems of beauty and hope cannot be rushed.
This story originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of ELLE DECOR. SUBSCRIBE
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