ITAL­IAN IN­DUL­GENCE

Bul­gari’s lat­est high jew­ellery col­lec­tion re­ally hits close to home, dis­cov­ers

Prestige (Singapore) - - JEWELLERY - Y-JEAN MUN-DELSALLE

BVLGARI, THE MASTER of coloured gem­stones and volup­tuous pro­por­tions, calls its new high jew­ellery col­lec­tion The Magnificent In­spi­ra­tions, sym­bolic of its deep and life­long love for Italy. Di­vided into three dis­tinct chap­ters — Ital­ian Ex­trav­a­ganza, Mediter­ranean Eden and Ro­man Her­itage — this new col­lec­tion sparkles with the Mai­son’s sig­na­ture style of mul­ti­hued gem­stone com­bi­na­tions, ge­o­met­ri­cal shapes, dar­ing vol­umes, sen­su­al­ity and sup­ple­ness, all of which re­flect the colours, light, bold­ness and ro­man­ti­cism of its beloved home­land.

Al­though most of the jew­ellery are de­signed in ma­jes­tic pro­por­tions, th­ese state­ment pieces are also ex­tremely wear­able and sen­sual on the skin. Bul­gari’s Jew­ellery Cre­ative Direc­tor Lu­cia Sil­vestri de­lib­er­ately de­signed her cre­ations to be highly tac­tile so that they would be able to en­gage all five senses at once, en­cour­ag­ing the Bul­gari woman to play with her jew­els and to lis­ten to the sound they make as the large gem­stones knock against each other.

Sil­vestri speaks of her de­signs as if they were her chil­dren. “Since I buy the gems and fol­low the piece from the be­gin­ning to the end, I con­sider them to be my ba­bies,” she notes.

Pick­ing up a piece, she says: “It’s not re­ally a sound that they make; in­stead, it’s mu­sic.” Each time she dis­cusses a spe­cific jew­ellery, she asks: “Did you touch it? It’s much bet­ter when you see it around your neck.” It’s im­por­tant to her that one feels and tries on the jew­els. When they are stat­i­cally dis­played in their vit­rines, cer­tain de­tails — like how the thinly sliced emer­alds on one stun­ning neck­lace have the abil­ity to take on the colour of the wearer’s skin — are lost.

As the Ital­ian life­style is al­ways pre­sented as joy­ful, ex­pres­sive and charis­matic, Ital­ian Ex­trav­a­ganza is all about ex­u­ber­ance, os­ten­ta­tion and beauty, mir­ror­ing Italy’s tal­ent in at­tract­ing vis­i­tors from all around the world through its ex­cel­lence in art, de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture, fash­ion, its charming nat­u­ral land­scapes and ex­quis­ite women. This is re­flected in its

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