Glass discovers Bulgari’s Magnifica high jewellery show
UNDER THE arching glass and cast-iron roof of the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest active shopping gallery, Bulgari celebrated its biggest and most expensive high jewellery collection yet with a spectacular performance and runway show.
An ode to inspirational women, from 16th-century Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi to the late architect Zaha Hadid, the Magnifica high jewellery collection totals a staggering 350 gems and watches, 122 of which have never been seen before.
Highlights include the glittering Imperial Spinel necklace which boasts a centre spinel of rich pink and fuchsia red that weighs 131.21 carats — the fourth largest in the world — and the Mediterranean Queen necklace, an outstanding display of five oval cushion-cut Paraiba tourmalines, cabochon emeralds and diamonds.
Inspired by Milan’s prominent global role in theatre, the Magnifica show — filmed by Italian emerging director Tommaso Ottomano in collaboration with AMO/Ellen van Loon and Giulio Margheri — began with a mesmerising performance by the legendary Andrea Bocelli, who offered a unique interpretation of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.