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Lucia Silvestri on Bulgari B.zero1

The Colosseum towers over me as I take in the view of this mammoth historical Roman structure. It is not difficult at all to see how Bulgari’s hallmark B.zero1 ring was inspired by this work of art. Its circular form is similar to the Colosseum’s elliptical shape; its sensual, fluid lines echo the amphitheatre’s different levels; and, like the ancient landmark, it is finished – on the top and at the base – with flat loops that anchor the middle.

First unveiled at the end of 1999, the B.zero1 was the most revolutionary of its kind for both Bulgari and the jewellery scene then. Not only did the ring boast a refined design that fused the Tubogas (a flexible tubular chain which Bulgari reintroduced in the ’40s) with the Italian label’s highly distinct 1934 “BVLGARI” logo, it was also crafted using an ingenious system of wrapped and interlocked metal strips that did not require any soldering.

Touted by Bulgari as the “unbroken link between past, present and future”, the B.zero1 has evolved from its original yellow and white gold guises to include refreshing, precious material combos including gold and marble, gold and ceramic, and, most recently, a mix of pink, yellow and white gold in a collection entitled Perfect Mistake.

Creative director Lucia Silvestri has worked at Bulgari for 35 years and carries a Sri Lankan sapphire in her handbag as her lucky charm.

Creative director Lucia Silvestri has worked at Bulgari for 35 years and carries a Sri Lankan sapphire in her handbag as her lucky charm.

Here, at Bulgari’s headquarters in Rome, creative director Lucia Silvestri shares more.

Why is Rome such a big inspiration for Bulgari?

“Rome is an open-space museum. The colors here are unique and I was born here, so there is an immediate connection to the locale. And you know, the city is so beautiful, especially the walk along Via Condotti; I see the Spanish Steps, and I tell myself ‘gosh, this is marvelous’. I see Rome in my creations for Bulgari all the time.”

Tell us about the new B.zero1 Perfect Mistake.

“In 1999, Bulgari came up with three B.zero1 designs. Two were produced – one in yellow gold and one in white gold. We also developed a prototype of the third and final design, which combined yellow, white and pink gold in one ring, just to have an idea of how it would look. But we decided it was too early to launch that piece, as the B.zero1 was so revolutionary at that time. Furthermore, we wanted to see how customers reacted to and if they would appreciate the first two colors, so we stuck with those two. The prototype was left in Bulgari’s safe for more than 10 years. This year, we thought about how we could refresh and relaunch the B.zero1, and we found this third design which had three colors. This was it!”Bulgari--B-zero-1-article

Is the more flamboyant time we live in today a reason for Bulgari to finally launch the B.zero1 Perfect Mistake?

“Yes, that was one of the reasons! But it was also because the B.zero1 was really revolutionary at the time of its launch, and we wanted to bring back something that was slightly different but could, at the same time, reinforce the history of Bulgari.”

How did you come up with the new, slimmer bracelet for the B.zero1 range?

“I found the previous ones very bold and beautiful but, perhaps, not so easy to pull off. The new B.zero1 bracelet is more wearable and more versatile. You can wear it in one shade of gold or as a stack of white, yellow or pink.”

Who is the woman who wears the Bulgari B.zero1?

“She’s a very confident, self-assured, modern woman who has no qualms wearing more than one. Personally, I like to wear a lot of bracelets nowadays. The contemporary woman of today will walk into our boutique and buy something not only for herself, but for her daughters and nieces too – that is how timeless Bulgari’s pieces are.”

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Bulgari Bzero1 Roma Ring

Bulgari B.zero1 Roma Ring

Bulgari Bzero1 Roma Ring

Italian luxury label  continues to celebrate its 130th anniversary, most recently with the launch of a new ring in its iconic B.zero1 collection.

A tribute to the Italian capital, the B.zero1 Roma consists of four bronze ceramic bands outlined by delicate rose gold.

Echoing the luxury brand’s signature style codes, the ring is engraved with the words BVLGARI ROMA along both edges.

“The B.zero1 Roma’s fluid lines symbolize the imposing circular grandeur of the ancient Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Pantheon.”

This unisex ring, designed for the brand’s 130th anniversary, is priced at €1,300. Bulgari is expected to unveil additional special editions over the coming weeks, including jewelry, watches, accessories and perfumes.

Versace Greca Red Rubies ring

Versace celebrates Valentine’s Day with rubies

Versace has revealed a fun and pretty new limited edition jewelry collection in tones of pink, red and gold just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Versace Greca Red Rubies ring

The “Greca Red Rubies” line was inspired by one of Versace’s famed motifs, the iconic Greek key symbol, which has been given a contemporary twist.

Versace Greca Red Rubies earrings

The four-piece collection includes a pendant, earrings, a bracelet and a ring all featuring curved forms, with a yellow gold setting and bright red rubies.

Versace Greca Red Rubies pendant

The Greca Red Rubies collection is priced from €2,200 up to €6,000.

Versace Greca Red Rubies bracelet

mauboussin dessert

A dessert inspired by jeweler Mauboussin

Luxurious hotel the Renaissance Paris Vendôme will soon offer guests of its Pinxo restaurant the chance to savor a dessert designed to resemble Mauboussin’s iconic “L’Oeuvre Noire” ring.

mauboussin dessert

Head chef Mathieu Robillard and pastry chef Bryan Esposito have concocted an exquisite treat with blackcurrants, chocolate and pralines. It is adorned with a dark chocolate disk stamped with Mauboussin‘s famous star logo.

“L’Oeuvre Noire,” the dessert, will be on the menu at Pinxo from February 15 to April 15 at the price of €15.

Tsarevna Swan ring diamonds

Record Number of Diamonds Set in One Ring

Tsarevna Swan ring diamonds

The Lobortas Classic Jewelry House of Kiev, Ukraine has entered the record books by setting 2,525 diamonds in one ring.

The “Tsarevna Swan” ring was presented and measured in Kiev on July 21, 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed.

The diamonds range from 0.001-0.05 carats with a total weight of 10.48 carats. All of the diamonds are of G color and range from VVS2 to VS1 in clarity.
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Azulea Collection Rings

De Beers Azulea Collection

 Azulea Collection Rings

The De Beers Azulea Collection is a range of elegant rings crafted in four colours of gold, to be worn alone for everyday sparkle, or stacked for a contemporary statement.

With inspiration taken from the mesmerising horizon line, the single diamond in each horizon band is carefully set as a focal point to evoke light.

The Azulea rings are meticulously hand crafted using the detailed ‘sertipoinçon’ hallmark setting that is unique to De Beers.

Rare Pink Diamond to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

An exceptinally rare pink stone is set to break the record for being the world’s most expensive diamond ever.

The pink stone is estimated to be worth $27-38 million when it goes under the hammer on November 16 at Sotheby’s in Geneva

It is classified as ‘fancy intense pink’ – the most perfect pink colour – by the Gemological Institute of America, and is set between shield-shaped diamond shoulders on a silver ring.
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Blue diamond sets auction record

A rare, two-stone ring set a new record price per carat for a blue diamond at auction when it sold for $15.7 million to an Asian collector.

The ring features a 9.87 carat colorless triangular-shaped diamond paired with a triangular 10.95 carat “Fancy Vivid” blue diamond, the largest such blue diamond of this cut ever offered at auction.

The jewel had been bought in Rome in 1972 for $1 million, which is the equivalent of about $5 million today, Christie’s auction house said.
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Tina Barrat Bijoux-Couture

Tina Barrat of Tina Barrat bijoux-couture, is a French-born, Hong Kong based designer. Her brand was launched in 1999 to international acclaim.

The brand is called “bijoux-couture” since her jewelry is comprised of original components and her jewels are incorporated together with fabrics, ribbons, lace, feathers, and other materials.

Tina is currently using a combination of feathers and natural components (such as mother-of-pearl) and the “couture” aspect remains very important to her work.
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Bilancia: Francesca Furzi’s ring

Bilancia, the Italian for Libra, is a beautiful ring in 18 ct. white gold, also available in yellow and pink gold, with stunning pavé of black and white diamonds.

It’s a ring made out of simple lines that, in a harmonious way, culminates at the two surfaces meeting one another.

One is enriched by a Pavé of white diamonds, the other lights up the fascinating darkness of the precious black diamonds.
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Piaget Cocktail Collection

This summer, upscale diamond jeweler Piaget is releasing a decadent collection that includes their signature watches, diamond necklaces, and rings.

The Limelight Paradise Collection has a cocktail theme that features, naturally, cocktail rings.

These cocktail rings differ from the classic work that Piaget has done in the past, in that the rings are designed to actually look like thirst-quenching alcoholic beverages.
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Boucheron’s Parisian Joy

Paris luxury jeweler Boucheron immortalizes Ladurée macarons in part of this year’s collection titled “Gaieté Parisienne” (Parisian Joy) with their new line, Gourmandise, which includes Tentation Macarons rings, pendants, necklaces and earings.

It’s modern, 21st. century and someone has already taken a bite out of each macaron as you can see from the teeth marks in the pictures.

The rings, which come in white gold with tsavorites, multicoloured sapphires, amethysts or garnets, look like they’ve already been bitten into. The best part? All the pleasure and none of the calories.
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Say “yes I wish” on Juliet’s Balcony

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name,/ Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love/ and I’ll no longer be a Capulet” said the Juliet of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, on her balcony in the wonderful Italian city of Verona.

Now, for everyone who has a romantic soul, there is a great chance to say “yes” and marry the love of his life on the famous balcony in Juliet’s house.

The balcony looks out over a small courtyard that can be accessed from the street by a short passageway.
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Love for Piaget

Piaget, legendary Swiss luxury watchmakers and jewellers, has again launched in 2009 his love-themed jewelry, for Valentine’s Day: Heart & Charms.

The prestigious collection includes a new Piaget small Heart pendant in 18-karat white gold set with 46 round brilliant diamonds. The center of this easy to wear asymmetrical heart is made from pink mother of pearl.

The pendant makes a perfect match with an exquisite bracelet wrought from 18-karat white gold.

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Write Something Beautiful, Win a Boucheron Ring

Boucheron , the well known place Vendome Jeweler, is organizing a literary contest called “Quatre” . The contest invites one to write about precious moments of lives. Unforgettable moments or memories or simply dreams.

Here is the concept of the contest in a few words :
– Write a text where you reveal a moment of intimacy that you consider to be precious
– Any form is accepted (song, poem; dialogue, short story, simple prose, haiku…)
– Your text is limited to 2 500 characters (spaces included)
– You can write in French, English or Japanese
– Duration of the contest : from may the 15th to the30th of June 2008

The most beautiful texts will be published on the website www.boucheron.com/preciousmoments as well as interviews of well known French luxury celebrities such as Inès de la Fressange, Aïssa Maïga, Isild Le Besco…
The jury will select the most beautiful testimony (one for each language)of precious moment and the winners will receive the precious ring from the Quatre ors collection.

Source : Sophie Briquet / French on-line advertising agency heaven

Piaget White Gold Diamond Sapphire Ring

From Piaget’s new Limelight Paris-New York collection, this ring was unveiled at SIHH 2008, and is part of the New York Couture inspired part of the line.

The collection shows contrasts between the two fashion capitals of the world and their diverse fashion and architecture influences.

Loaded with 528 brilliant cut diamonds of approximately 7.17 total carats, this ring a shiner! Add to that 35 baguette cut diamonds totaling around 3.8 carats and luscious blue sapphires – about 2.64 total carats over 116 pieces.
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