History always has a way of repeating itself, and in the case of throwbacks, it’s the return of the most loved (and sometimes most hated) era of the eighties. As one of the most recognisable periods of our time, when culture was so heavily influenced by new wave music, brazen fashion and the rise of technology, its iconic expression is once again embraced with arms wide open — especially in the case of luxury Italian jewellery brand, BVLGARI and in their new collection, Wild Pop.
Big hair, MTV, shoulder-padded power suits, the Rubik’s cube, Pac-Man, are just a few of the many hallmarks that come to mind when remembering the ‘80s. Not to mention the personalities that transformed pop culture as we know it, from Madonna and Michael Jackson to Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Capturing these quintessential elements, BVLGARI’s Wild Pop takes us back to the future with its approach to reinventing jewellery from the past for today.
OUR TOP PICKS: BVLGARI’S WILD POP
Paying tribute to the transitional period for music — arguably the golden era for rock and pop — is the Pop Mics set which includes a necklace, bracelet and brooch. Carefully crafted into playful mic motifs strung together in alternating order, each mic is composed of onyx and white diamond micro-pavé base with a polished cabochon of amethyst, peridots, rubellites and aquamarines for its grill.
Riding on music, new age electronic was introduced and popularised by music videos, inspiring the Synthesizer necklace. The black keys are made of perfectly polished black onyx, while the white keys are made of pavé radiant-cut white diamonds of varying carat weight. The beauty of this design lies in textured depth and stone arrangement making it a wearable statement piece for both casual and formal occasions.
Over the Top Hair
Perhaps the most unexpected muse in the collection, the hot rollers of the ‘80s plays a playful tribute to the exaggerated hair trend of the time. Pushing its boundaries of high jewellery with inspiration drawn from the everyday personal item, this playful piece utilises a set of diamond hair curlers topped with cabochon-cut emeralds for a pop of colour.
Inspired by the overblown and exaggerated ruffles which were a fundamental characteristic definition of the fashion landscape of the ‘80s, the Magnificent Green Ruffles necklace epitomises its name in all its glory. This whimsical piece is composed of over 34 carats of Colombian emeralds droplets and diamond, turquoise and amethyst micro setting.
It comes as no surprise that Happy Leaves earns a title in favourite pieces of the collection with the hyper-popularity and recent legalisation of it in certain countries. Inspired by the rise of recreational use of the herb since the ’80s, the elegantly risqué depiction of the plant is materialised in a chain of gold and diamond pendants with cutout silhouette of the cannabis leaf.