CROWN­ING JEWEL

Bul­gari’s Principessa Colonna Neck­lace

The Peak (Hong Kong) - - Contents -

This ex­quis­ite piece is part of Bul­gari’s se­ries con­ceived to cel­e­brate the re­fined taste, flam­boy­ant lifestyle and fear­less love sto­ries of the Ro­man princesses of the Re­nais­sance. With a so­phis­ti­cated com­bi­na­tion of pearls with pre­cious stones, this neck­lace pays homage to a pair of pearl and di­a­mond ear­rings and a pearl neck­lace that were among the favourite pieces of Maria Colonna, the vi­va­cious young woman who mar­ried Prince Filippo Colonna in 1661 and was known for her re­mark­able jew­ellery col­lec­tion. Set with a 26.10-carat Colom­bian cabo­chon emer­ald, the piece gets its sparkle from the jux­ta­po­si­tion of emer­ald beads with South Sea and Akoya pearls, along with the di­a­mond-set adorn­ments that con­nect the beads. Tak­ing cen­tre stage is the state­ment-mak­ing, pearl­formed tas­sel at the bot­tom of the neck­lace, evok­ing an el­e­gant, clas­sic qual­ity.

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