Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Announce Bulgari Jewelry Exhibit

Posted on May 25, 2013

Bulgari Bib Necklace 1965


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 - 1990. The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 - 1990 will be on display at the de Young Museum from September 21, 2013 through February 17, 2014. A 1965 Bulgari bib necklace in gold with cabochon emeralds, amethysts, turquoise and diamond is pictured above. Details about the exhibit can be found here.

Bulgari began to create its own trademark in jewelry in the 1960s with different colored combinations of gemstones and use of heavy gold. The jewelry forms derived from Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. The jewelry exhibit contains approximately 150 pieces created by Bulgari over four decades. It also includes many pieces from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor.

Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, said in a statement, "The hard-edged designs of the 1970s included a whole range based on the Stars-and-Stripes motif, while in the 1980s the Parentesi collection had a modular architectural presence; both show how the jeweler could lead in new directions with a strong sense of design."

Photo: Bulgari