Fine Jewels
Online Auction: 12–21 October 2021 • 3:00 PM CEST • Milan

Fine Jewels 12–21 October 2021 • 3:00 PM CEST • Milan

S otheby's Fine Jewels Milan presents an array of exceptional pieces, ranging from the 19th century to the present day. Glamourous jewels from the iconic houses of Cartier, Bulgari and Marina B alongside gemstones of different colours are for sale.

Celebrating the Jewels of Marina B

In July of 1930, Marina Bulgari was born in Rome, Italy, the newest member of a family whose name is synonymous with luxury: her father, Costantino Bulgari, was the first child of BVLGARI jewelry company founder Sotirios Voulgaris.

Growing up, BVLGARI was a constant in Marina's life. Her understanding of jewelry style and proportion made her an asset to the brand, and, in time, she opted to step out on her own. In 1977, Marina founded her own, signature jewelry brand: Marina B.

Marina opened the first Marina B boutique in Geneva in 1978, and more soon followed in Paris, Milan and New York.

Marina B (left) with Grace Kelly at the Paris Hotel in Monte Carlo, 1982

Her designs perfectly captured the glitz and glamour of the 1980s, attracting a worldwide audience, including a number of celebrities: Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly were all known to wear Marina B to complement their red carpet gowns and her aesthetic continues to appeal to today’s stars, including Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez. Her bold designs continue to inspire Marina B’s modern creations, which continue to push the boundaries of jewelry design while respecting the Bulgari family’s extensive jewelry lineage.

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Gianpaolo Babetto Andrea Pugiotto Photographer Studio

One of the most powerful ways to transform one’s look or capture one’s expression of style is through jewelry. From simple jewels such as stud earrings to an extravagant diamond necklace, every jewel tells its own story.

In the last century, many famous artists from the Bauhaus, Surrealist and Cubist movements began experimenting with their art in 3D; thus, the idea of ‘wearable art’ was conceived, creating an outlet from the conventions of traditional jewelry allowing these artists to create unique designs, often with sculptural qualities.

Jewels by the Decade

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