The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco hosted a celebratory gala last night in honor of The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950 - 1990, an exhibition of approximately 150 pieces created by the renowned Italian jeweler over four decades. The exhibition showcased Bulgari’s first ever retrospective in the United States highlights jewelry that defined a pivotal period in Italian design, and includes many pieces from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor. There are also many pieces in the collection on loan from local collectors that have never been seen before. The exhibition explores the cultural context in which the pieces were created, including innovative uses of sketches, photographs, and other archival materials that help to reveal a fascinating intersection of celebrity, design, and fine craftsmanship. The exhibition’s highly interactive technology allows visitors to experience the designs in an exceptional way.
Hilary Swank wore a stunning necklace from Bulgari’s newest jewelry collection, Diva. Made of yellow gold and mother of pearl, it boasted emeralds, rubellites, amethysts, and round brilliant cut diamonds, a magnificent representative of Bulgari’s marked characteristic, bold color combinations and smooth, cabochon gemstones. Kate Bosworth chose a different Bulgari design motif, wearing sleek diamond Serpenti earrings with matching cuff bracelets wrapped around her wrists. China Chow paid tribute to Bulgari’s designs of the 1950s-1960s, wearing delicate and intricate platinum earrings with diamond floral motifs and 2 elegant pear shaped pink sapphires.
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.