Bulgari’s $2.9 Million Mid-Century Modern Ring



As the saying goes, “A Bulgari jewel is as recognizable as a Chanel suit.” But with its platinum setting, faceted stones, and crossover style, this ring—which earned £1,889,250 at Bonhams Fine Jewellery Sale Sept. 21 in London—doesn’t exactly scream “Bulgari.” Yellow gold, chunky cabochons, semiprecious gems—that typifies the Bulgari aesthetic. Yet let’s not forget the Italian ­jeweler’s distinctive mid-century moment. In the late ’50s, Bulgari began to incorporate smooth outlines—e.g., this piece’s scrolling baguette-cut diamond shoulders—not to mention exception
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