CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY ON DIVA

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Watches & Jewels -

What is your per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with jewels? Jew­ellery is more in­ti­mate than any­thing else. Phys­i­cally in­ti­mate as it adorns the body, of­ten close to where the heart is beat­ing. But more in­ti­mate for its sig­nif­i­cance in the world of feel­ings; it touches mat­ters of the soul. It de­clares a pas­sion, be­to­kens love, car­ries a mem­ory, seals an en­gage­ment ... It al­ways has a story to tell. What does Bul­gari rep­re­sent to you? Bul­gari is for me the sym­bol of pas­sion and of this vivid Ro­man gai­ety. Colour­ful, like the ’70s bracelet my aunt wore when I was a child. I loved that bracelet. I loved its joy, its fan­tasy. I dreamed of one day pos­sess­ing such a won­der of my own! I was told that like me it came from Italy to Paris. Per­haps that was part of why I loved it, too. I later dis­cov­ered that the trea­sure I so cov­eted came from Bul­gari. Which Bul­gari “facet” in­trigues you most? What sto­ries have been told by Bul­gari since it be­gan! Sim­ply the sound of this name evokes Rome, its dolce vita, and the golden age of the Cinecittà. Just three mur­mured syl­la­bles and we dream of the love af­fair be­tween Liz Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton, we imag­ine our­selves a hero­ine of Vis­conti, we see Anita Ek­berg run­ning bare­foot through the streets to es­cape the pa­parazzi, and we run laugh­ing down the steps of the Pi­azza di Spagna. And which one of jew­ellery­mak­ing in par­tic­u­lar? As a model I have worked with lead­ing haute cou­ture and haute joail­lerie houses. I have come to know the dif­fer­ent crafts and ap­pre­ci­ate the mas­ter crafts­men, ap­pren­tices, and seam­stresses. My Foun­da­tion aims to show­case th­ese mag­nif­i­cent crafts and en­cour­age school leavers into th­ese pro­fes­sions. For some of th­ese crafts are dis­ap­pear­ing. And with­out crafts-peo­ple, the story ends, the magic is ex­tin­guished. How did you feel about rep­re­sent­ing the im­age of Bul­gari High Jew­ellery? It makes me very proud and very happy. In a way, this fine jew­ellery house is al­ready fa­mil­iar to me. I feel con­nected with its ro­man­tic his­tory and Ital­ian soul, which breathes life and joy, and I sin­cerely hope to hon­our it.

The for­mer first lady in Diva mode

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