A Stairway To Fashion

“The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond” exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and “Pearls,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

PEARLS Earrings, gold with natural seed pearls and diamonds  France, 1795-1810

PEARLS
Earrings, gold with natural seed pearls and diamonds
France, 1795-1810

PEARLS Grand Jeté, gold with diamonds and two cultured baroque pearls   London 1999

PEARLS
Grand Jeté, gold with diamonds and two cultured baroque pearls
London 1999

PEARLS Cross pendant, gold with rubies and natural pearls  Germany 1500-1525

PEARLS
Cross pendant, gold with rubies and natural pearls
Germany 1500-1525

PEARLS Necklace, natural pearls set in colored gold  Probably England c.1850

PEARLS
Necklace, natural pearls set in colored gold
Probably England c.1850

PEARLS Gold hair ornament, set with natural pearls, emeralds and sapphires  Roman Empire, 3rd Century A.D.

PEARLS
Gold hair ornament, set with natural pearls, emeralds and sapphires
Roman Empire, 3rd Century A.D.

PEARLS Brooch, natural brown pearls set in platinum and diamonds  France, 1900

PEARLS
Brooch, natural brown pearls set in platinum and diamonds
France, 1900

PEARLS 'Frozen' by Sam Tho Duong  Collection of Qatar Museums Authority

PEARLS
‘Frozen’ by Sam Tho Duong
Collection of Qatar Museums Authority

PEARLS Necklace, natural pearls from the Gulf with platinum and diamond clasps  1930s by Cartier

PEARLS
Necklace, natural pearls from the Gulf with platinum and diamond clasps
1930s by Cartier

PEARLS Bodice ornament, gold with enamel, turquoise, abalone pearl and mother-of-pearl   Paris c1900-1901

PEARLS
Bodice ornament, gold with enamel, turquoise, abalone pearl and mother-of-pearl
Paris c1900-1901

PEARLS Lady Rosebery’s pearl and diamond tiara  London c.1878  The Qatar Museums Authority Collection

PEARLS
Lady Rosebery’s pearl and diamond tiara
London c.1878
The Qatar Museums Authority Collection

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Tremblant brooch, 1962  Platinum with yellow and white diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Tremblant brooch, 1962
Platinum with yellow and white diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Bracelet, 1960  Gold with sapphires and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Bracelet, 1960
Gold with sapphires and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Snake bracelet-watch, ca. 1967  Gold with yellow and red enamel and rubies

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Snake bracelet-watch, ca. 1967
THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Snake bracelet-watch, ca. 1967
Gold with yellow and red enamel and rubies
France, 1795-1810

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Mount Fuji brooch, 1971  Gold and platinum with mother-of-pearl, polychrome enamel, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Mount Fuji brooch, 1971
Gold and platinum with mother-of-pearl, polychrome enamel, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Sautoir, ca. 1972  Gold with yellow and blue sapphires, agate, citrine, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Sautoir, ca. 1972
Gold with yellow and blue sapphires, agate, citrine, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Necklace and pendant earrings, 1967  Gold with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Necklace and pendant earrings, 1967
Gold with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Melone evening bag, 1978  Gold with Hellenistic silver coins and diamond

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Melone evening bag, 1978
Gold with Hellenistic silver coins and diamond

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Carré brooch, 1987  Gold with aquamarines, amethysts, red and green tourmalines, sapphires, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Carré brooch, 1987
Gold with aquamarines, amethysts, red and green tourmalines, sapphires, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Choker, 1988  Gold with cultured pearls, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Choker, 1988
Gold with cultured pearls, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND Swan brooch, 1990  Gold with emerald, sapphire, onyx, amethysts, rubies, and diamonds

THE ART OF BULGARI: DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND
Swan brooch, 1990
Gold with emerald, sapphire, onyx, amethysts, rubies, and diamonds

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