LA DOLCE VITA

Bulgari’s lat­est Festa high jew­ellery col­lec­tion is the sweet­est of them all

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - News - Text Ni­co­lette Wong

Bulgari goes into festival mode for its new haute joail­lerie col­lec­tion

What do ice cream, olive branches, princesses, and honey bees have in com­mon? For one thing, they’re all the sub­jects of the Bulgari Festa high jew­ellery col­lec­tion. While the idea of mix­ing princesses and bees doesn’t seem quite ap­peal­ing, we as­sure you that this is one of the most mar­vel­lous jew­ellery col­lec­tions in a while.

The Festa high jew­ellery col­lec­tion is based on Ital­ian fes­ti­vals and cel­e­bra­tions. The name it­self means ‘party’ or ‘feast’ in Ital­ian. For Bulgari, there are three dif­fer­ent types of par­ties that it (and in­deed most Ital­ians) holds most dear to its Li­mon­cello-lov­ing heart—tra­di­tional fes­ti­vals, the glam­ourous soirées hosted by royal princesses and chil­dren’s cel­e­bra­tions. To cel­e­brate each of th­ese, it cre­ated smaller sub-col­lec­tions named Festa Ital­iana, Festa della Principessa, and Festa dell’in­fanzia, each with its own el­e­ments of in­spi­ra­tion.

Festa Ital­iana pays trib­ute to tra­di­tional fes­ti­vals. In an ode to the olive har­vest, Bulgari has recre­ated the ripe olives in jewel form—bright amethysts and tour­ma­lines dan­gling off di­a­mond-en­crusted branches. There is also the Taran­tella, a dance festival pop­u­lar through­out South­ern Italy. The dance it­self was orig­i­nally in­vented to cure peo­ple from the bite of the taran­tula spi­der, but to­day, it’s just an ex­cuse to dance till dawn. Then, there is the Tam­bu­relli col­lec­tion, mod­eled after the tam­bourines ubiq­ui­tous in south­ern Ital­ian dance fes­ti­vals. The tiny gold discs at the edge of each cabo­chon can freely move and ro­tate, much like on a real tam­bourine.

The lux­ury gi­ant can’t re­sist pay­ing homage to the Ro­man Princesses, whose lives cen­tered on Bulgari’s own home­town. Festa della Principessa draws in­spi­ra­tion from the lives of an­cient roy­als such as Cor­nelia Con­stanza Bar­berini from one of the most promi­nent Ro­man fam­i­lies of the 18th cen­tury. Her fam­ily’s crest was the bee, which Bulgari im­mor­talised in sap­phire and yel­low di­a­monds—the bees come com­plete with fully-ar­tic­u­lated wings. Another royal that in­spires Bulgari is Margherita di Savoia, the most fa­mous of Italy’s three queens. Her fam­ily’s sym­bol was the bow, a mo­tif she loved to in­cor­po­rate into her jew­ellery— hence pieces with gi­ant be­jew­elled bows as the cen­tre­piece.

Food also makes an in­ter­est­ing ap­pear­ance in the Festa col­lec­tion. Think rings shaped like dou­ble-tiered cakes, gold and di­a­mond lol­lipops, and ice cream made of turquoise and chryso­prases—all part of the Festa dell’in­fanzia col­lec­tion themed after ev­ery­thing about child­hood. Of course, it won’t be a proper chil­dren’s party without bal­loons and choo-choo trains. This is the most play­ful of the three col­lec­tions and enor­mously pop­u­lar with Bulgari’s fans. We heard that the Torta cake rings were so beloved that they were snapped up the first day the col­lec­tion was re­leased. But fear not, Bulgari will be re­leas­ing more of the rings in time. Each one will have a unique de­sign un­like any other ring in the col­lec­tion.

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?

The Buglari Festa high jew­ellery melds Ital­ian jew­ellery crafts­man­ship with whim­si­cal in­spi­ra­tions re­lated to fes­ti­vals and cel­e­bra­tions.

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