Master of her craft
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.”