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Bulgari style is easily recognizable by ancient elements of Roman, Greek, Italian Renaissance, and later introduced Parisian and Art Deco style. It remains true to its roots producing jewelry and accessories of compact rounded forms that are generously decorated with gems and various colors and combinations. Bulgari is also famous for colored stones, especially sapphires mixed in unique formats.

One aspect that makes Bulgari a luxury powerhouse is the company’s dazzling clientele. International icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Grace of Monaco were avid collectors. Jessica Lange wore a diamond studded gold chain and bracelet by Bulgari in the 1976 movie, KING KONG. More recently, Naomi Watts and Uma Thurman were seen donning Bulgari pieces. Andy Warhol once said, “For me, calling at Bulgari’s shop is like visiting the best exhibition of contemporary art.”

Bulgari relies on a distribution network of about 300 stores, located in the most exclusive shopping areas in the world. The largest Bulgari store is the 10-story Bulgari Ginza Tower in Tokyo with 940 square meters of retail floor space. 2014 marked the 130th year of Bulgari success.

GEORGIAN JEWELRY

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All three of the design styles in the Georgian era suffered similar problems with the availability of precious metals and gemstones. At the time, the world was still very much beset with conflict. This meant that being that there was a lack of raw materials, many existing pieces of jewelry were re-appropriated to pay for the wars. This is especially true towards the end of the 18th century and into the early 19th.

Sadly, as a result, very little genuine Georgian jewelry exists today. As well as the reduced number of pieces being produced or surviving ones being used to finance the army abroad, Georgian jewelers had the habit of melting down pieces that went out of fashion. They would then re-use the metals and reset the gemstones. Even pieces that might have survived are very difficult to identify, as both makers and assay marks didn’t come into common use until much later. If a genuine piece of Georgian jewelry appears, it is far more likely to be dated towards the end of the period than the beginning.