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Is­abella Fer­rari and

Franca Soz­zani

Renowned for its en­chant­ing beauty, the 16th-Cen­tury Villa Di Ma­iano in Florence was where Bul­gari un­veiled its op­u­lent new High Jew­ellery col­lec­tion, inspired by the art of Ital­ian gar­dens. The gala din­ner was hosted by Bul­gari Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and Carla Bruni, who stars in the jew­eller’s latest cam­paign. In at­ten­dance were ac­tor and Bul­gari’s brand am­bas­sador for watches Luke Evans, Ital­ian ac­tress and Save the Chil­dren am­bas­sador Is­abella Fer­rari, so­ci­ety dar­ling HSH Princess Lilly zu Sayn Wittgen­stein Ber­leburg, In­dian ac­tress Sonam Kapoor, mod­els Toby Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley and Max Emer­son, and phi­lan­thropist Becca Ca­son Thrash.

As dusk fell upon the rolling hills of Fiesole, VIP guests min­gled to the serene tunes of the harp be­fore a spec­tac­u­lar High Jew­ellery show saw mod­els grace­fully strolling through the lush green­ery. Later, French pop band Gipsy Queens livened up the evening with their sig­na­ture sound, as did the live DJ-set per­for­mance by Graziano Della Neb­bia and fas­ci­nat­ing fire­works dis­play.

The stun­ning Ital­ian Gar­dens col­lec­tion com­prises 100 daz­zling jewels, all evoca­tive of the geo­met­ric hedges and flowerbeds that blos­somed dur­ing the Ri­nasci­mento – a time when ar­chi­tects, pain­ters, and sculp­tors the likes of Raphael and Michelan­gelo re­mod­elled the very no­tion of beauty by ex­plor­ing fresh ideas of na­ture and art. The re­sult? Unique pieces of pre­cious raw ma­te­ri­als, with gems re­call­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural mo­tifs and vi­brant flow­ers of these mag­nif­i­cent gar­dens.

Villa Di Ma­iano in Florence pro­vided the per­fect back­drop for Bul­gari’s mag­i­cal gems

Marzia Babin and Jean- Christophe Babin

Max Emer­son

Colours rem­i­nis­cent of Ital­ian flow­ers

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