On Friday morning, inside the palatial, heritage-listed private residence of Swifts in Sydney’s Darling Point, Bulgari unveiled their MAGNIFICA High Jewellery and High-End Watch collection; the most extraordinary assemblage of rare gems from the Roman Maison to ever visit Australia.
Inside the late-Victorian mansion’s ballroom, an exclusive group of journalists, monied clientele and discerning collectors were invited to view – and feel – the 150 pieces. Hosted by Bulgari’s Oceania’s Managing Director Andrew McLaren, and with commentary from Bulgari’s International High Jewellery Director Giampaolo Della Croce who had flown from Rome for the occasion, the storied house encouraged attendees to try on the precious diamonds and stones. To feel each piece’s weight and fluidity. To see each piece’s exquisiteness and distinctiveness up close.
Serenaded by a live harpist and served hors d’oeuvre guests perused the intricate craftmanship of Bulgari’s artisans.
“The MAGNIFICA collection is a brilliant expression of the bold, timeless creativity that sits at the heart of the Bulgari world,” says McLaren. “It is exciting to see jewellery of such breathtaking rarity and extravagance here on our shores in Australia.”
The pièce de resistance, however, was the platinum Imperial Spinel necklace featuring a breathtaking 131.21 carat spinel gemstone, the fourth largest in the world by carat weight (the other three are housed in private Royal collections), and the largest faceted spinel in the world. It is surrounded by a cascade of 122 diamonds (51.5 carats) and 27 emerald beads (84.29 carats). Take a look:
Go inside the Bulgari MAGNIFICA event below.