Bulgari Celebrates 130 Years with New Exhibition in Houston

  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • A view of the shop 1950s
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Bib Necklace in Gold with Emeralds Amethysts Turquoise and Diamonds - 1965 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Brooch in Platinum with Rubies and Diamonds - 1957 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    BVLGARI Convertible Necklace in Platinum with Diamonds 2 - 1938 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Bvlgari Convertible Necklace in Platinum with Diamonds - 1938
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Earrings in Platinum with Emeralds and Diamonds - 1964 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Necklace in Gold with Emeralds Amethysts Citrines Pink Tourmalines Sapphires and Diamonds - 1991 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Necklace in Gold with Emeralds Rubies and Diamonds - 1969 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Necklace in Gold with Emeralds Rubies Sapphires and Diamonds Pendant Earrings in Gold with Emeralds Rubies Sapphires and Diamonds - 1967 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Bvlgari Necklace in Platinum with Diamonds - 1930
  • Bvlgari Necklace in Platinum with Emeralds and Diamonds - 1961
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
    Bvlgari Pendent Earrings in Gold with Diamonds - 1992 and Necklace in Gold with Diamonds - 1992 Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Andrew Werner
    Four Serpenti Watches Photo by Andrew Werner
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Antonio Barrella
  • Photo by Andrew Werner

In celebration of Bulgari’s 130th anniversary, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has partnered with the Italian jeweler’s Heritage Collection to coordinate Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces. The exhibition will showcase more than 150 Bulgari jewelry designs, representing each phase in the brand’s history since its founding in 1884.

The exhibition highlights many of Bulgari’s most innovative designs throughout its history, starting with items crafted by Sotirio Boulgaris, the silversmith who founded the company and worked at its first outpost, in Rome, at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit then explores every successive era, from elegant platinum-heavy works of the 1930s to the boldly modern, colorful designs of the 1960s—such as emerald-and-amethyst bib necklaces—to the serpent-shaped watches from the mythology-inspired Serpente collection of the 1970s and nature-inspired designs of the 1980s. The show also includes a selection of gems from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor, along with portraits depicting Bulgari jewels modeled by the film icons Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren, among others. The exhibition will run through October 5. (www.hmns.org/bulgari‎)

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