Famed filmmaker Roman Polanski once said, “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theatre”. And it is this remarkable ability to transport one to faraway lands of dreams and fantasy that is expressed in Bulgari’s latest collection of magnificent high jewellery necklaces—Cinemagia. Inspired by the glamour of the La Dolce Vita era and the world of Italian cinema of the 1950s, this enchanting selection features a range of dazzling gemstones, presented in daringly colourful combinations.
The Italian maison’s savoir faire and expertise in making jewellery are boldly innovative yet technically intricate. The exceptional craftsmanship evident in each piece of the Cinemagia collection is breathtaking, at times. The imaginative selection reinforces Bulgari’s long love affair with the silver screen, especially when it comes to creating memorable works of art.
One of the most captivating pieces in this series, the Action! necklace pays homage to the pioneering invention of celluloid in 1885. Made of black-silver zirconium, a highly resistant and flexible metal developed by Bulgari, it recalls the sinuous form of a roll of film. The opulent necklace is adorned with 32 carats of pavé diamonds and is the result of 800 hours of flawless workmanship by a single goldsmith.
The magical metropolis in the “The Wizard of Oz” inspires the Emerald City necklace. “It’s a place that stands out for its jewel-like brilliance and for the hope it awakens,” said Lucia Silvestri, creative director at Bulgari. The spellbinding 21.49-carat emerald gracing this piece is a perfect representation of this fabled land. “Sometimes, there is an extraordinarily rare gemstone with an inner glow that can’t be found twice in nature. Its uniqueness defines the entire character of a design,” noted Silvestri. Rows of triangular prisms, set with pavé diamonds and emeralds provide a glitteringly green backdrop for this elegant gem.
The international jeweller’s specialisation in exquisite emeralds is reflected in three additional creations. The Emerald Affair sautoir with its 24.46-carat octagonal, step-cut emerald and the Gina necklace with a brilliant 34.73-carat cabochon emerald are simply awe-inspiring. The Forever Emeralds necklace features a 24.31-carat emerald that dangles like a shimmering star from an emerald-and-diamonds studded choker, which has a unique geometric pattern.
The Pirates Treasure sautoir comprises three spectacular mixed-cut sapphires, each larger than 12 carats. Boasting an array of precious gems—188 emeralds, 200 sapphires and 94 pavé diamonds—it amazes with its complexity of the design. Set in pink gold with onyx elements, the piece is a certain showstopper. The Diamond Sails necklace, however, gives stiff competition. Its undulating lines of diamonds and pearls are reminiscent of the sails of the pirate ship in “Peter Pan”. Entailing 900 hours of elaborately delicate work, it draws attention to Bulgari’s exceptional artistry.
And finally, the perfectly named Colour Palette necklace is a kaleidoscope of sparkling, multi-hued gemstones. A range of large-sized amethyst, blue sapphire, pink tourmaline, mandarin garnet and green tourmaline cabochons culminate in a monumental necklace. Vibrantly colourful, this larger-than-life creation is beautifully symbolic of Bulgari’s mesmerising Cinemagia collection.
This story originally appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL.