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Bulgari in the Spotlight

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Bulgari's Serpenti bracelet and bracelet-watches is one of the hallmark pieces of the brand. Here, seen in gold, diamonds, rubies, turquoise and lapis lazuli.

A once in a lifetime event celebrates a lifetime of Bulgari at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this month. “Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces” celebrates each period Bulgari has decorated the world with its unparalleled craftsmanship in jewelry design.

The exhibit boasts 150 pieces from Bulgari’s Heritage Collection, which dates back to its 19th-century inception in Rome. Since Sotirio Bulgari opened shop in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with the Eternal City and the ‘Italian School’ of jewelry design. When the first store opening in the U.S in 1971, the love affair between Hollywood and Bulgari sparked and hasn’t cooled off since.

Joel A Bartsch, president of Houston Museum of Natural Science, notes the “quality and diversity of the gems that Bulgari uses when creating their jeweled masterpieces.” The museum’s exclusive exhibition includes the collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the Serpente and Monete legendary collections.

As the preeminent jeweler to the stars, the exhibit will also celebrate the most famous women in the world wearing Bulgari in portraits and sketches that commemorate Bulgari as the heart for celebrity, design and craftsmanship. Among those are pieces that belonged to or were worn by Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Jennifer Aniston and Meryl Streep.

Though Bulgari’s legacy is celebrated, the brand looks forward to an equally bright future. “Equal parts art and science, historic and modern, Bulgari not only pays homage to the great masters of the past, they also continuously push the envelope in jewelry design and cutting-edge technology into the future when so many others are content to merely rest on their laurels.”

“Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces” is on view through October 5 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

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