FrontRunners: Spiritual Revival

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BULGARI (212.315.9000) has turned back the clock and revived the colorful, bold, and graphic designs from the jewelers’ iconic 1970s collections. “The ’70s embodied an individualistic, exuberant joie de vivre,” says Nicola Bulgari, the company’s vice-chairman. “Women were defining themselves with fashion and jewelry that were outward manifestations of their urge to create their own distinctive, powerful, and provocative style.”

Known as Theme 2003, this limited edition compilation of jewels is the first of what will be an annual series of vintage-inspired collections. The 25-piece collection reflects the spirit of Bulgari’s earlier designs, with innovative combinations of stones and materials including green grossular garnet, mother-of-pearl, yellow gold, and diamonds incorporated in bold designs and abstract patterns. As was the case three decades ago, says Bulgari, “Today’s women want to wear distinctive pieces that are one-of-a-kind but extremely wearable. And they like jewelry that tells a story or has significant inspiration from past trends or moments in history.”

The jewelry house Miseno is named for an ancient city said to magically bring joy to its residents…
Davies takes an ancient Greek jewelry technique and makes it fresh and modern…
Rough-cut diamonds give a fresh twist to the latest creations from De Beers…
The designer crafted a collection of fine jewelry that is both timeless and cutting-edge…
First popular during the 1920s, big, bold cocktail rings are making a comeback…
Jewelers Alex Soldier, Coomi, Pasquale Bruni, and others are getting back in touch with nature…
These designs dazzle with simple shapes presented in extravagant ways…
Photo by Michael Oldford
Assael’s diamond-and-rare-pearl jewelry depicts and aids endangered animals…
The historically inspired necklace is part of Boucheron’s new Bleu de Jodhpur collection…
The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…