Few brands can boast of the same celebrity provenance that Bulgari has. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, the Italian jeweller was the go-to for screen icons and divas such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren — all of whom were frequently spotted wearing Bulgari jewels. Taylor was particularly besotted with the brand’s designs, and amassed a resplendent collection of jewellery spanning emerald necklaces, diamond tiaras and sapphire rings. She even wrote in her 2002 book My Love Affair With Jewellery that “one of the biggest advantages to working on Cleopatra in Rome was Bulgari’s nice little shop”.
Decades have passed since Hollywood’s Golden Age, but Bulgari continues to be favoured by many of the entertainment industry’s most influential leading ladies — Bella Hadid, Jessica Chastain, and Taylor Swift, just to name a few. So it’s only apt that its latest 2017 jewellery collection, Divas’ Dream, is inspired by the strong, independent and powerful women of today. The line features bold and feminine designs crafted with the brand’s fan motif (a nod to the Caracalla Baths of ancient Rome), and includes necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets.
Many of these pieces sport sexy curved lines and vibrant hues, inspired by the Baths of Diocletian — where mosaic patterns adorned with peacock motifs were a ubiquitous sight.
The new Divas’ Dream collection also showcases an openwork design for a light and breezy feel, with the juxtaposition of filled and unfilled spaces emphasising the vivid gemstones festooned on each piece. The matching necklace, bracelet and earrings above, for instance, pair this openwork structure with Bulgari’s iconic fan-like shapes — which are bedecked with diamonds, amethysts, pink tourmalines, and rubellites. Set in rose gold, the combination of pink and purple hues makes for a lovely, ultra-feminine look.
For those seeking something less flamboyant, go for the necklace below, which features a rose gold chain interspersed with diamonds fringed in gold, which build up to a curvaceous, fan-shaped pendant mounted with pavé diamonds enclosing a single pink tourmaline.
Another standout jewel in the new Divas’ Dream range is a white gold chain necklace with pavé diamonds, and suspended fan motifs embellished with emeralds and sapphires. This edgy and sophisticated design is also available as a bracelet. We love how its colour scheme reminds us of a peacock’s elegant train. The necklace also comes in an orange and white variation, which utilises carnelian and mother of pearl instead, and is set in pink gold.
Other stunning jewels in the Divas’ Dream collection include a white gold necklace paved with diamonds and culminating in a cascade of fan-shaped amethysts and emeralds, and a bracelet decked out in a medley of turquoises and diamonds.