The House of Bvlgari
There are three fabulous jewelry exhibits happening this fall; in Paris and New York which I will visit in October. Alas, the third one is in Moscow which is not on my travel schedule. So I thought I’d give you a little pictural taste for it, in case you find yourself on Russian ground between now and January 2019.
400 pieces by the house of Bvlgari will be displayed at the Moscow Kremlin Museums - a retrospective of 130 years of jewelry from the Bvlgari Heritage Collection and private collections (which means that many of the pieces have rarely be seen in public).
Bvlgari was created in 1884 by a Greek immigrant named Sotirios Bulgaris who arrived in Rome with 18 cents in his pocket - but he knew a thing or two about working with precious metals and stones. So much so, that 130 years later, no one serious about making an appearance on the red carpet would pass on the opportunity to wear his deliciously colorful parures or wrap one of his iconic snake watches on her wrist.
A little known fact about Sotirios and his wife Laura: during WWII, they hid 3 Jewish women in their Roman home. For this heroic action, the family was awarded the title of Righteous among the Nations at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 2013.
I must confess that at a personal level, fine jewelry doesn’t do much for me (I’ll explain why in the next post). However, I cannot resist such jaw dropping crafstmanship and creativity.
The Bvlgari watches are also fabulous. I thought this video was too cool to pass. I hope you enjoy it.
“Bvlgari. Tribute to Femininity” is on view at the Moscow Kremlin Museums until January 13 2019.
None of the photos/videos are mine and come either from the Bulgari website or google search.