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Brilliant Bulgari

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This "Bib" necklace and matching earrings dates from 1965. But its teardrop motif crafted out of turquoises, emeralds, amethysts and diamonds, looks as if it could have been created this year. Making it the perfect example of Bulgari's timeless appeal.

By Jessica Michault

Bulgari is pulling out all the stops to mark the start of the exhibition “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968” which is opening at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale on February 7.

The good news for Bulgari fans is that the jewelry house isn’t limiting its display of Italian craftsmanship to just the exhibition. Four one-of-a-kind high jewelry necklaces will be on display (and available for purchase) at Bal Harbour Shops through this weekend.

The luxury Italian jewelry house had hand picked from its archives unique pieces to display in the show alongside more then 230 designer garments from brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Gucci, Fendi and Emilio Pucci. The selection of ball gowns and cocktail dresses and all their luxury accouterments, surrounded by art, photos and film images of the era, makes for a real feast for the eyes.

“It was a time in the history of Bulgari that the brand really transformed itself,” says Daniel Paltridge, President of Bulgari North America. “Bulgari, as a brand, defines itself by everything that was going on in Italy at that period. So it was almost a magical collaboration to partner with the Bellissima exhibition.”

Viewing the collection is like stepping back in time to the golden age of Italian fashion, when La Dolce Vita was in full swing and it seemed like everyone was celebrating the end of the Second World War. But it is interesting to note that even if many of the pieces on display are from Bulgari’s heritage collection, they feel as modern today as they did in the heyday of Italian high fashion.

“We picked pieces that were very emblematic, very important to the time, but also have some connection with North America in a certain way,” explained Paltridge about the jewelry chosen for the exhibit. He points out that one iconic necklace in particular: a bold mix of emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds created in 1967, and was worn by Keira Knightley to the Oscars in 2014.


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