Desert Rose

A whirl­wind ro­mance in Dubai is what Bvl­gari of­fered guests at the launch of its new Fior­ever col­lec­tion. Char­maine Ho re­ports

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The sun is set­ting over the Ara­bian Desert, paint­ing the pris­tine sand in a spec­trum of breathtaking blush hues.The glis­ten­ing ter­rain is dot­ted with the 50 or so guests in­vited by Bvl­gari to par­take in the spe­cial evening, who are cap­tur­ing this pic­ture-per­fect mo­ment on their In­sta­gram feeds. It’s the night be­fore the global launch of Bvl­gari’s new Fior­ever jew­ellery col­lec­tion in Dubai—a col­lec­tion of fine and high jew­ellery flo­ral de­signs that is to be a new pil­lar for the brand—and the Ital­ian Mai­son, with char­ac­ter is­tic panache, has kicked off the fes­tiv­i­ties with an in­ti­mate three-course din­ner in the mid­dle of the desert un­der a canopy of stars. If the brand’s in­tent was to knock the socks off the VIPs on its guests list, it has cer­tainly suc­ceeded: Guests, who in­clude Lady Kitty Spencer, Ja­panese ac­tress and nd model Hikari Mori and Chi­nese fash­ion in­flu­encer Fil Xiaobai, have kicked off their heels to sink their bare feet into the pow­der r soft sand and en­joy the evening ing to the fullest. Even Span­ish ac­tress of Net­flix’s

Money Heist fame, Úr­sula Cor­beró, is hav­ing a carpe diem mo­ment.At ent.At the lively African drum­ming ses­sion (clev­erly or­gan­ised in front of a loom­ing #Fior­ever or­ever sign), she’s seen with a djembe tucked snugly gly be­tween her lithe legs at the ex­panse of her red dress.As s As she sat beat­ing away at the drum with a mil­lion dol­lar smile to match the di­a­mond stud­ded Bvl­gari choker around her neck, it be­comes clear why Bvl­gari chose her to be the face of its new brand pil­lar. She’s cap­ti­vat­ingly beau­ti­ful and clearly a woman who knows how to have fun.

“The Fior­ever woman is ro­man­tic, pas­sion­ate and ‘rock’; she’s dy­namic, in­de­pen­dent and ver­sa­tile. As women, we have to be ver­sa­tile.We are busi­ness women, wives, moth­ers, lovers… we have to be so many things al­to­gether,” says Bvl­gari’s Cre­ative Di­rec­tor for jew­ellery, Lu­cia Sil­vestri, when I speak to her the next day. “Úr­sula Cor­beró, she’s ‘rock’. And then you look in her eyes and there’s her ro­man­tic side. She’s so petite, so small, but strong and in­de­pen­dent. I like her per­son­al­ity and

I think she’s per­fect for this col­lec­tion.”

We’re min­utes away from the launch and Lu­cia is get­ting ready for the event in her room at the Bvl­gari Re­sort, where the great un­veil is to take place on the prop­erty’s beach front. Till now, no vi­su­als of the new col­lec­tion (which gets its name from a play on the Ital­ian word for flower, fiore, and for­ever) has been re­leased. I ca­su­ally men­tion this to Lu­cia and her face lights up with a grin: “You want to see what

I’m wear­ing tonight?” Mo­ments later, she emerges s from her bed­room with a triple-coil tubo­gas choker ker that’s stud­ded with petite di­a­mond flow­ers.The gleam­ing am­ing gold de­sign is ex­actly as Lu­cia de­scribes it: Ro­man­tic, man­tic, bu but ut also “‘rock’ in some way”.

Rang­ing from ver­sa­tile ev­ery­day pieces to stag­ger­ing high jew­ellery de­signs, the col­lec­tion is cen­tred on a fourpetal mo­tif that has ap­peared spo­rad­i­cally through­out t Bvl­gari’s his­tory, in the form of del­i­cate Trem­blant brooches es from the ’50s, to a weighty pen­dant neck­lace from the ’70s; 70s; not to men­tion the Fiore di Bvl­gari high jew­ellery col­lec­tion launched in 2015.

“The be­gin­ning of the story starts from a sketch of a brooch from 1985. Mr Bul­gari told me: ‘You have a chal­lenge; you have to find four pre­cious stones for the petals.’ It was a big chal­lenge, but after two years, I found four emer­alds and we started to cre­ate our fiore and we sold it im­me­di­ately,” Lu­cia re­calls .“So I or­dered other coloured gems like rube­lite, aquamarine, tanzanite… and then we started, ev­ery year, to cre­ate a flower. So, fi­nally, this new col­lec­tion colle in diamonds. Bvl­gar i is about colour, colou of course, but we also would like to em­pha­sise t the fact that we can can work with diamonds be­cause it’s in our DNA.” Avail­able in white and pink gold, the fine jew­eller y col­lec­tion of ear­rings, neck­laces, bracelets and rings al­low women to choose their pre­ferred level of sparkle by of­fer­ing de­signs that range from a sin­gle stone to full di­a­mond pavé—with the pos­si­bil­ity of coloured gems be­ing in­tro­duced at a later stage of the col­lec­tion’s de­vel­op­ment.

And then of course, there are the high-end cre­ations that lit­er­ally drip w with the pre­cious stone: Like the lace-like bib neck­lace s seen draped across Le­banese ac­tress Na­dine Nas­sib Njeim’s d dé­col­letage at the launch; or even Cor­beró’s open cuff neck­lace neck­lac (fea­tur­ing eight siz­able diamonds in the midst of 52.65 552.65 carats c of diamonds) that ex­ploded into a fire­work of lights li with ev­ery flash of the cam­era that evening. “We felt that the flower is the right sym­bol for a trib­ute to women. It’s a play­ful col­lec­tion; you can play with the pieces we’ve cre­ated and put two, three pieces to­gether,” says Lu­cia. “And pay at­ten­tion to the de­tails: Even in the smaller pi pieces, it’s not flat nor rigid; [there are parts] that mov move a lit­tle bit.” Not that we’d ex­pect any­thing less from a lux­ury em­pire with 134 years of jew­ellery ex­per­tise to its name.

That evening, after the jew­ellery had been un­veiled to dra­matic lights and mu­sic, and a hang­ing flo­ral ar­range­ment the size of a wreck­ing ball, Bvl­gari’s guests take to the dance floor in de­light. I gaze at the rev­el­ling crowd and re­mem­ber Lu­cia’s de­scrip­tion of the Fior­ever woman: A busi­ness woman, wife, mother and lover. But tonight, all she is, is a woman who is bent on danc­ing the night away—in true Bvl­gari spirit. ■

From top: White gold and di­a­mond Fior­ever High Jew­ellery neck­lace. The face of the col­lec­tion, Úr­sula Cor­beró. Rose gold and di­a­mond Fior­ever ban­gle, $16,050; white gold and di­a­mond Fior­ever ring, $12,050

Clockwise from left: Cor­beró at the film set for the cam­paign, lensed by Mario Sor­renti. Rose gold and di­a­mond Fiorev Fior­ever pen­dant neck­lace, $11,700. A four-her­i­tau­rpetal­her­itag four-pe­tal her­itage de­sign from 1972. Rose gold and di­a­mond ear studs, stu $3,910. An open­work Fior­ever pen­dant neck­lace ne and ring

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