Bulgari’s Principessa Colonna Necklace
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.