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Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ACCESSORIES -

“The only word Liz knows in Ital­ian is Bul­gari,” joked Richard Bur­ton about El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor once. And who can for­get Tay­lor, dressed as the God­dess-Queen Cleopa­tra, sin­u­ous golden snakes en­twin­ing shapely arms, seared into the mem­ory of a whole gen­er­a­tion? Bul­gari, the mak­ers of those self­same ser­pents, have been as­so­ci­ated with this time­less mo­tif ever since. This year, the house turns 130, and cel­e­brates it with the launch of a high jew­ellery collection in­spired by the snake mo­tif, a main­stay of the house. While each piece of the range is a stand­out, the new Ser­penti watch, paved with di­a­monds and cal­i­brated-cut onyx, is a mod­ern up­date on the old de­signs. The new Ser­penti pen­dants, cradling in­tense gem­stones—rube­lite, man­darin gar­net (pic­tured), or emer­ald—are also de­rived from the house clas­sics. The high­light, though, is the Ul­ti­mate Temp­ta­tion Ser­penti neck­lace. Seventy di­a­monds, set in a ran­dom mo­saic and to­talling 60 karats, fol­low the tail of the snake, which ends in an ex­traor­di­nar­ily beau­ti­ful, 12.16-karat drop. Scaled and flex­i­ble, the Ul­ti­mate Temp­ta­tion (and other pieces) were un­veiled in Syd­ney last month.

Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo watches, prices upon re­quest.

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