Mas­ter of her craft

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She has the most en­vi­able of jobs. As cre­ative di­rec­tor of jew­ellery at Bulgari, Lu­cia Sil­vestri is some­thing of a gem-hunter, scour­ing the globe for unique stones and trans­form­ing them into re­mark­able pieces of art. In the three decades that she has worked at Bulgari HQ in Rome, her trav­els have taken her all over the world, from Sri Lanka and In­dia to Burma and Thai­land, in a con­stant quest – to find the colours of the world in stones of the high­est qual­ity. It is, she says, never-end­ing but al­ways thrilling. “My favourite game,” she en­thuses. “I love the pow­er­ful en­ergy of the gems.”

“I’m pas­sion­ate about gem­stones – the magic of colour and dis­cov­er­ing what na­ture has pro­duced with­out hu­man in­ter­ven­tion.”

“I’ve seen so many mag­nif­i­cent gem­stones dur­ing my ca­reer that it would take a long, long time to de­scribe all of them. But two come to mind: the 125-carat sap­phire we used on a neck­lace in the new ‘Festa’ col­lec­tion; and the emer­alds we used to cre­ate...

“When turn­ing a gem into a piece of high jew­ellery, we al­ways start with the stone. We very rarely start de­sign­ing from the theme of the col­lec­tion.”

“Af­ter so many years, the brand’s style is part of me – I live and breathe it. Rein­ter­pret­ing the essence of this style in a con­tem­po­rary way is key.”

“The gem-sourc­ing process has changed so much. Our strength is our net­work around the world.”

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