Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels: Part II
Online Auction: 28 October–11 November 2021 • 3:00 PM CET • Geneva

Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels: Part II 28 October–11 November 2021 • 3:00 PM CET • Geneva

M agnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels: Part II will be open for bidding from 28 October – 11 November, offering a broad selection of jewelry dating from the 19th century through to the present day and featuring spectacular jewels from the world’s most renowned jewelry houses, such as Cartier, Sterlé, Hemmerle, René Boivin and Harry Winston.

Jewels by the Decade

A Short History of Bulgari’s Iconic Serpenti Collection

Lily Aldridge in Bulgari Serpentini necklace and tubogas.

In 1962, Elizabeth Taylor was in Rome filming the Cleopatra (1963). During a break in filming, she posed for a still while wearing – appropriately for her role– a gold-and-diamond coiled serpent Serpenti watch by Bulgari. While Bulgari had made a coiled stylized serpent jewelry watch in the late 40s, it was in the 60s, boosted by Taylor’s portrayal of Cleopatra, that the Serpenti rose to cult-style status. It became far more realistically snake-like, with its superbly articulated scale-like elements in textured gold, studded with gems or vibrantly enameled, with the watch case and dial hidden inside the serpent’s beautifully shaped head.

View 1 of Lot 447: Lady's enamel and diamond wristwatch, 'Serpenti'
Lady's enamel and diamond wristwatch, 'Serpenti'
Estimate: 28,000 – 45,000 CHF
Bulgari| Lady's enamel and diamond wristwatch, 'Serpenti'
Designed as a snake applied with enamel enhanced with brilliant-cut diamonds, the mother-of-pearl dial set with single-cut diamonds, inner circumference approximately 150mm, expandable, signed Bulgari, numbered, Swiss hallmarks and Italian assay mark for gold, Italian maker's marks.

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