Born in 1857, Sotirio Bulgari hailed from a small village in
northern Greece. For generations this area was known for its
exceptional silversmith art, a refined skill that had been
passed from father to son since the Byzantine Era.
Bulgari moved his family to Rome and opened his first
jewelry store in 1884. The store quickly built its
reputation for luxurious, exceptionally well-crafted Greek
and Roman-inspired jewelry designs.
As part of a
renovation in the 1930's, the logo was updated to Bvlgari,
which used the traditional Roman alphabet. WWII played a big
part in the transition of materials used for their designs,
moving from silver to gold was just one of the many
adjustments that the brothers at the helm of Bvlgari had to
conquer, placing the jewelry house into the high jewelry
Bvlgari's vison of beauty always begins with Rome
itself. Architectural designs, along with colored stones,
draw from the cities' ancient mosaics and gems, polished
surfaces of its epic marble sculptures. Each creation echoes
Rome's timeless art and exuberant spirit.
is inspired by Bvlgari's masterful use of Roman architecture
as a muse. In this case, I am using the imagery of the
Italian baroque ceiling from The Palazzo dei Penitenzieri in
This set consists of a pair of earrings and a
necklace. The main components are cubic right-angle weave
(CRAW) and peyote stitch bezeled pear CZs using seed beads
and fire polish beads. Three 6mm CZs are bezeled and
attached to the bottom of the pear bezels for interest. For
the earrings, an embellished pearl cabochon component hides
the earring post and clutch. Dramatic to say the least! The
necklace has the same center component attached to a light
and airy right-angle weave (RAW) variation chain, ending in
two beaded pearl buttons and connector.
2 ¾ inches long from the top of the pearl bezel to the
bottom 6mm bezel, by 7/8 inches wide at the widest point of
the pear CZ bezel.
Necklace: The center component
is 2 inches long by 7/8 inches wide at the widest point of
the pear CZ. The chain is 3/8 inches wide by desired length
ending with two, 5/8 inch wide beaded buttons.