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Exceptional Jewels from a Prominent American Collector

Bulgari | Gold, Ancient Coin and Diamond 'Monete' Necklace 寶格麗 黃金鑲古代錢幣及鑽石「Monete」項鏈

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December 7, 08:52 PM GMT


30,000 - 40,000 USD

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Exceptional Jewels from a Prominent American Collector

Bulgari | Gold, Ancient Coin and Diamond 'Monete' Necklace

Featuring three bezel-set ancient gold coins, the center coin depicting Roman Emperor Domitian in profile, the bezel signed 'Domiziano 72 - 96 d.c.,' the two accenting coins depicting Emperors Trajan and Nero, signed 'Trajano 98 - 117 d.c.' and 'Nerone 54 - 68 d.c.,' on a curb link chain, the chain and center bezel accented with round diamonds, gross weight approximately 108 dwts, length 19½ inches, signed partially Bulgari. With signed fitted box.

Monete Jewels by Bulgari

The practice of mounting coins for wear as jewelry has a long history dating back to ancient Roman times. Coins were not only minted as a unit of value for transactions, but the images appearing on them could be symbols of power, sometimes talismanic, and could represent alliances between countries. 

Nicola Bulgari, grandson of the founder of the firm, who developed an interest in coin collecting, can be credited as the “influencer” who was responsible for the launch of Bulgari’s modern tradition of mounting ancient coins in the mid-1960s. The use of ancient Greek and Roman coins also forged a firm connection with Bulgari’s proud Hellenic and Roman cultural heritage.

Coins used in Bulgari jewels date from the 5th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D., depending in part on what is available in the market. Each coin has been thoroughly researched and the reverse of each mounting is inscribed with the name of the individual or region featured and the year of issue, inscribed in Roman font. Coins with irregular contours are mounted in such a way that the integrity of the coin is uncompromised; the mounting follows the shape of the coin so not to diminish its numismatic value. The scholarly aspect of Bulgari’s “Gemme Nummarie” (coin gems, derived from Latin), sets them above all imitators. Also referred to as simply “Monete” (coins, in Italian), Bulgari coin jewels can bestow status upon the wearer and be the source of stimulating intellectual conversation, but most importantly they show great respect for tradition while successfully linking antiquity with the present.