NEW GEM IN DELHI Bul­gari daz­zles with a high jew­ellery col­lab­o­ra­tion. By Natasha Kraal.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Jewels -

The last time Lu­cia Silvestri and I met was on a beau­ti­ful pas­tel spring morn­ing in Paris dur­ing Cou­ture Week, at the Bul­gari flag­ship at Av­enue Ge­orges V. As blue-chip buy­ers swanned about the honey-coloured, co­gnac-scented store, Silvestri and I sat con­spir­a­to­ri­ally in the cor­ner of the mez­za­nine, where the cre­ative direc­tor of the luxury jeweller wore her lat­est cre­ation with pride: a rain­bow-hued Diva high jew­ellery neck­lace in tiers of mother-of-pearl flow­ers in­ter­spersed with gleam­ing peri­dot and wine-rich rubel­lite. “It’s called a ‘Happy Neck­lace’,” she ex­claimed, of this fresh and glam­orous cre­ation that echoed the sea­son in bloom and the spirit of the Mediter­ranean.

More than a year later, we meet again, on a spice-in­fused win­ter evening in New Delhi, at the newly minted Bul­gari store in DFS Em­po­rio Mall. This time, Silvestri presents a Ser­penti cuff in yel­low gold with di­a­monds, Bul­gari High Jew­ellery ma­ha­rani-wor­thy neck­lace of mag­nif­i­cent emer­alds, man­darin gar­nets, and di­a­monds.

“I cre­ated it think­ing about In­dia,” she en­thuses. “I bought the emer­alds from Jaipur. The bright or­ange of the man­darin gar­nets and daz­zling green stones of­fer a new com­bi­na­tion for us. I was also think­ing of the sari – so fem­i­nine, so sexy, so sen­sual – and wanted to cre­ate some­thing in­spired by and to be worn with it.

“It’s Bul­gari style but with a touch of In­dia,” smiles Silvestri. “I call it my ‘Happy Neck­lace’.” As she clasps it on, I re­mind her that was the name of her last show piece in Paris. “My favourite neck­laces are all called ‘Happy’,” she ad­mits. “That’s ex­actly the emo­tion a woman would feel wear­ing it.”

Th­ese high jew­ellery mas­ter­pieces are tes­ti­mony to Bul­gari’s glam­our, artistry, and dar­ing. They are made for women who, like Silvestri, are so­phis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine, and who be­hind it all have a mind and suc­cess of their own. Some­one like Anamika Khanna, the cel­e­brated In­dian cou­turier who wore the In­dian ver­sion of the ‘ Happy Neck­lace’ that very night at the Taj Palace Ho­tel, dur­ing a gala to cel­e­brate the open­ing of Bul­gari’s lat­est ven­ture into In­dia. Cal­cutta-based Khanna was her­self a star of the show, hav­ing col­lab­o­rated with the Ital­ian jew­ellery house to cre­ate over 60 ex­clu­sive cou­ture cre­ations to be worn with Bul­gari high jew­ellery spe­cially flown in from Rome for the event.

Pre­sented to a star-stud­ded soirée of the In­dian elite, and Bol­ly­wood lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing Sonam Kapoor and Ar­jun

Cou­turier Anamika Khanna takes a bow af­ter the show­case of her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bul­gari

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