Bulgari’s new Haute Joaillerie collection is an ode to the Garden of Eden – Robb Report – Low Calorie Diets Tips

“The first consideration we had was the snake,” said Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Bulgari’s Executive Director of Product Creation Robb report of the company’s new Garden of Eden themed jewelry collection. “But at a certain moment you’re like, ‘Another snake?'”

So, how did he reinvent the brand’s instantly recognizable Serpenti, which has been its recurring theme for over 80 years? The big idea, he says, was to hide the serpent among lush flowers and petals in a light-hearted game with Eden’s darkest creature. The undeniable highlight is the Giardino Dell’Eden Tourbillon jewelry watch, a piece that took 4,400 hours of work to complete. The ultimate representation of Italian opulence, it features a cuff with a detachable brooch reminiscent of a Mediterranean garden with lush flowers, two trembling butterflies and rich foliage concealing the serpenti-shaped watch case adorned with emeralds and diamonds underneath. There are 6,500 stones totaling 223 carats ranging from Paraiba cabochons, emeralds and garnets to pink tourmalines, opals, rubies, multicolored sapphires and diamonds. Buonamassa Stigliani describes it as “the most difficult piece we’ve ever done”. It required the dedicated work of five craftsmen and took about two years to complete. “We’re very glad it’s over,” he says, laughing. It was really, really hard. Simply place the stones, find the right stones, the degradé. . .We changed the degradé and colors of the flowers twice.”

Bulgari Giardino Dell’Eden Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie watch

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The piece was shown to the press and customers during a presentation in Paris over the weekend and when Buonamassa Stigliani had finished presenting it Robb report the piece, it had already been bought by a customer. Parting with such a masterpiece is not easy after so many hours of painstaking work, but Buonamassa Stigliani says that had it not been sold, its historical importance as a representative piece of the heights to which Bulgari’s craftsmanship has soared would still elude him already had a potential place in Bulgari’s museum. Not to mention that the company plans to showcase it for the Grand Prix de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva (aka the Oscars of watchmaking). It was a sweet sadness to say goodbye, but Buonamassa Stigliani says the team is “happy because we know this client very well and know that she is the right lady in terms of elegance and the way she wears it.”

Bulgari Giardino Dell'Eden Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie watch

Bulgari Giardino Dell’Eden Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie watch

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While this piece is one-of-a-kind, Buonamassa Stigliani says others are being made. We will certainly have further requests and fulfill them,” he says. “Customers have already asked. We will make the same watch but with completely different colors and completely different in terms of the combination of flowers and petals. But to have another piece with this kind of amazing work, a customer would have to wait 12 to 14 months as of today.” Notably, the piece can also be adjusted to fit different wrist sizes, thanks to an underlying frame that can be adjusted . However, the volume of the garden design remains the same.

Of course, it wasn’t the only eye-catcher in the collection, which consists of over 140 individual pieces, more than 30 of which were dedicated to the emerald. The undeniable star of this lot is the Emerald Glory Choker, which can also be worn as a necklace or tiara, adorned with 11 pear-shaped Colombian emeralds surrounded by over 220 carats of diamonds that took over 3,000 hours of handwork.

Bulgari Emerald Glory Necklace

Bulgari Emerald Glory Necklace

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At a fashion show at the Italian Embassy in Paris, French supermodel, actress and former first lady Carla Bruni did justice to a necklace anchored by a 35.53-carat oval Colombian emerald surrounded by smaller emeralds and diamonds in the shape of tiny Tour Eiffels, aptly named Tribute to Paris. American actress Julianne Moore recently wore the necklace on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.

Carla Bruni in Bulgari's Tribute to Paris necklace;  Bulgari Tribute to Paris necklace

Carla Bruni in Bulgari’s Tribute to Paris Necklace; Bulgari Tribute to Paris necklace

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Meanwhile, other gems held significant weight. Take, for example, a 61.30-carat Sri Lankan sapphire that served as the centerpiece of the Serpenti Ocean Treasure, where it falls from two intertwined platinum and diamond snakes that fuse into one, or a 25.70-carat pink one Spinel from Tajikistan encased by a serpent in rose gold and diamonds in the Serpenti Spinel Embrace necklace.

Bulgari Serpenti Ocean Treasure Necklace

Bulgari Serpenti Ocean Treasure Necklace

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Or how about a 107.15 carat Sri Lankan sapphire? The stone is the focal point of the Mediterranean Reverie platinum necklace, surrounded by baguette-cut sapphires and pear-cut, brilliant-cut and pavé-cut diamonds. Bulgari appears to have amassed a collection of serious stones to wow its customers with a seemingly confident outlook for the jewelry market in 2022.

Bulgari Mediterranean Reverie Necklace

Bulgari Mediterranean Reverie Necklace

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“The last two years of the pandemic have inspired us very creatively,” said Mauro di Roberto, Bulgari’s jewelry director Robb report. “It’s amazing how the creativity has become even more fluid. I think it’s because we’re tired of living restricted lives. I think we’re looking for a better way to live.”

Bulgari’s way of life is certainly for the few, but those who can get their hands on a slice of his paradise certainly won’t be able to resist the temptation.

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