Bulgari: The Joy Of Gems: Magnificent High Jewelry
Bulgari’s exquisite high jewelry creations are conjured from the vibrant color, life, and light of exceptional gemstones, infused with an innate Roman sense of history, and invigorated with an audacious spirit of modernity. The very soul of the Eternal City is encapsulated in Bulgari’s innate sense of classicism, sublime proportions, joyful flair and perfect geometry. Such a distinctive aesthetic is constantly infused with a fresh and a visionary drive for innovation and experimentation. Combining diamonds, precious colored stones, and even ancient coins into lavish creations with unique and exuberant color harmonies, Bulgari jewels embody the quintessence of elegant Italian design.
In the rarefied realm of high jewelry, Bulgari crystallizes to perfection its commitment to sublime hand craftsmanship, and its unique distillation of cultural echoes and contemporary creativity, to create captivating precious jewels in a powerfully distinctive style, an inimitable blend of voluptuousness and architectural rigor, a perfect balance of dignity and dynamism.
Revering the maison’s rich heritage, the talent of Bulgari’s creative director Lucia Silvestri and her team of designers emerges in perpetuating Bulgari’s sense of adventure balanced with timeless elegance.
The search to reveal the soul and fire in each gem blends with a vivacious and playful wit, resulting in unexpected, mellifluous harmonies. This is a visionary design and unbridled imagination are brought to life by the expert Bulgari artisans, turning a jewel into an enduring and impassioned work of art.
Featuring evocative text by jewelry historian Vivienne Becker, Bulgari: The Joy of Gems brilliantly depicts the legacy and luxury that is Bulgari. In this first-ever volume devoted exclusively to the house’s splendid high jewelry collections, Bulgari’s rich heritage is brought to glorious life through a spectacular array of magnificent jewels in this gorgeous slipcase edition.
Jewelry historian Vivienne Becker is an award-winning journalist and author of many books on the history of jewelry design. Based in London, Becker is a contributing editor to Financial Times’s How to Spend It magazine, writes for newspapers and magazines around the world, and lectures and broadcasts on her subject. She organized and wrote the catalog for the first major exhibition of the jewelry of René Lalique, and curated Jewels of Fantasy, a traveling exhibition of twentieth-century costume jewelry. Becker’s previous books with Assouline include The Impossible Collection of Jewelry (2012), Sevan Biçakçi (2014), Cartier Panthère (2015), Messika (2015), and Chaumet: The Art of the Tiara (2016).
Paris-based photographer Laziz Hamani is constantly evolving and challenging himself. Passionate about creating beautiful images, he has worked with many prestigious luxury brands, and he has collaborated with Assouline Publishing on more than twenty titles. From the finest details of high jewelry to the purity of minimalist design, Hamani aims to bring the viewer into dialogue with the image, to evoke power and beauty through his unique simplicity.
Title: Bulgari: The Joy Of Gems: Magnificent High Jewelry Creations
Dimensions: 240 pages, 15.25 × 12 × 0.98 in
Published: August 1, 2017
ISBN – 10:1614286159
ISBN – 13:9781614286158