Jewellery 01 Magical Reflections Pendant 02 Making of the Secret Garden Pendant
Every art form arises from visionary impulses and knowledge and techniques accumulated over time.
03 Sparkling Hearts Pendant 04 Water Symphony Ring 05 Italian Gardens, Image from Life in Bulgari
The Italian garden is an artifice that uses nature just as the fresco uses the colour palette or the sculpture the block of marble. Boxwood hedges form geometrical harmonies, delighting the eye through sheer purity of form; water springing from the fountains captures the gaze and the senses; the delightful transfiguration of evergreens are pruned as sculptures; the fragile but potent colours of the flowers, and then the statues, the caves, the waterworks and greenery, the festoons, the scenic terraces and the nymphs; all create a beautiful spectacle. Every art form arises from visionary impulses and knowledge and techniques accumulated over time. The art of the Italian gardens echoes this, but it has also maintained a close and continuous dialogue with nature: sometimes by imposing order and measure, sometimes hesitating at the boundaries, which cannot be crossed without the risk of robbing it of mystery, power and beauty. Like the great Renaissance architects, Bulgariâ€™s designers see nature not as a model to be reproduced, but as both a source of inspiration and a primal source of beauty that can be recreated in unforeseen shapes and designs. Equally, it is a precious raw material that requires knowledge and respect in order to be transformed into a work of art. The jewels and watches of Bulgari came into being because of this eternal dialogue between nature and
art: nature, embodied in the precious metals and stones, in the beauty they exude and the constraints they impose; and art, flowing through the work of designers, gemologists and artisan jewellers. Within this dialogue, stones and precious raw materials are moulded into unique pieces of jewellery reflecting nature, the purest form of art. Inspired by the geometric designs of the sculpted evergreens that feature in the most beautiful Italian gardens, the amazing Hidden Treasures earrings from the collection draw their evocative power from four fancy cut emeralds from Zambia. The 4 stones, altogether weighing 143.1 carats, were extracted from a single 400-carat raw stone. Bulgari then drew from deep within them a vital, more intense colour. The unusual cut enhances the extraordinary brightness, while delicate platinum claws and diamonds (8.40 ct) surround the stones in a gentle embrace, creating a play of florid and yet wonderfully light volumes. The alternating arrangement is highlighted by brilliant cut diamonds (2.00 ct), which create a point of light between each emerald. Inspired by the festoons found in the Roman caves of the Domus aurea in the sixteenth century and restored to vogue by artists such as Raphael, Blue Iridescence presents an extraordinary set of sapphires (187.48-carat), acquired by Bulgari in various parts of the
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