BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., February 17, 2013 – For the first time ever, Bulgari will present and display a recently acquired eight-piece collection of Bulgari jewels that originally belonged to glamour icon Elizabeth Taylor. The unveiling will be held during a Roman-themed evening, presented to pay homage to both glamorous 1960s Rome and Bulgari’s Italian heritage.
The display, which will be housed in the new Bulgari Beverly Hills boutique, will include pieces Taylor obtained and wore during various momentous times of her life, from her filming of Cleopatra and romance with Richard Burton to her many film and philanthropic award nominations and wins. The collection includes Taylor’s first piece of Bulgari jewelry, an emerald and diamond En Tremblant brooch; the “Cleopatra Mirror,” a gold and turquoise encrusted mirror commissioned for Taylor, rumored to have been a gift for her 30th birthday; the “Taylor Burton fiancée ring;” a diamond brooch with a 23.44 octagonal step-cut diamond; an emerald and diamond necklace; a platinum sautoir with diamonds and sapphires; a Trombino ring that Taylor bought to compliment the platinum sautoir; and, lastly, one of Taylor’s most frequently worn pieces - a diamond and gold sautoir set with six ancient Roman coins.
It can be said that there couldn’t have been a more appropriate celebrity to have fallen in love with Bulgari. Some of Bulgari’s most celebrated characteristics can be likened to those of Taylor’s as well. Despite her unsurpassed glamorous lifestyle, she remained characteristically true, kind and grounded. Similarly, Bulgari is known for creating masterpiece jewels that unexpectedly combine precious stones with items of no intrinsic value: antique coins, ceramic and silk cords are just a few examples. Perhaps it was their mutual understanding of such unforeseen juxtapositions that drew her so close to Bulgari.
The setting of the event, in Los Angeles the week prior to the Oscars, will be designed to evoke 1960s Rome, when international movie stars flocked to the Eternal City to celebrate everything Italian, embracing indulgence and hedonism. Guests will be able to experience this nostalgic Roman moment set in the heart of contemporary Los Angeles.
Today part of the LVMH Group, Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewelry shop and progressively imposed itself with its magnificent jewelry creations, emblems of the Italian excellence. The international success made the company evolve into its current dimension as a global and diversified player in the luxury market, with a store network in the most exclusive shopping areas worldwide and a portfolio of product and services ranging from jewels and watches to accessories, perfumes and hotels.