From Stone to Store: Bulgari’s Italian Connection

It’s no surprise that Nicola Bulgari, vice chairman of the Bulgari Group, gets a little carried away when describing this gold, diamond, and colored-stone necklace from the brand’s newest high jewelry collection: “The gemstones remind me of soft raindrops falling gently onto a window pane.” (With nearly 400 cts. t.w. of gemstones, that’s quite a rain shower.) “It has an impressionistic quality to it,” he adds, “and evokes Debussy’s Petite Suite for piano—a gem of lightness with colorful yet delicate swagger.” It was inspired, says the Italian-born Bulgari, “by the rich nature of the Mediterranean land. The multi­color gems are like juicy ripe fruits hanging from a golden trellis, enlightened by sparkling diamond sunrays”—22.84 cts. t.w. brilliant-cut diamonds, to be precise. Having recently presided over Bulgari’s 125th anniversary, his exuberance is only a

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