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Sophia Loren wearing a Bulgari parure of cabochon sapphires and rubies highlighted with diamonds, 1960. Photo courtesy of Archivi Farabola.
Monica Vitti dons the Bulgari “Seven Wonders” necklace of platinum, emeralds and diamonds, 1963. Photo courtesy of Karen Radkai.
Marisa Berenson in a variety of Bulgari rings and gold chain necklaces, 1969. Photo courtesy of Gian Paolo Barbieri.
Princess Grace of Monaco wearing a Bulgari gold coin-set necklace in Monte Carlo, 1978. Photo courtesy of Jack Nisberg/Roger-Viollet.
Diana Vreeland in her Bulgari snake belt worn as a choker, 1980. Photo courtesy of Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.
Sharon Stone surrounded by 1980s Bulgari jewelry in the movie Casino, 1995. Photo courtesy of 1995 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Syalis Droits Audiovisuels.
Keira Knightley and Julianne Moore rocking vintage Bulgari necklaces. Photos courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images and Mark Davis/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images.
On the day Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton, she wore the 23-carat emerald Bulgari brooch he gave her for their engagement. Cher was photographed for Vogue donning the designer’s “Star Spangled Banner” sapphire earrings. Keira Knightley modeled a vintage gemstone necklace at the 2006 Oscars.
You can feast your eyes on these epic baubles at the De Young Museum’s new Art of Bulgari exhibit, which charts the evolution of the Italian company’s gems--and its Hollywood fans--from the ’50s through present day.
Showcasing 145 pieces in all, it’s a staggering collection of Bulgari’s iconic jewelry: the Tremblant floral-spray brooches, the serpent bracelet-watches, the chunky Sautoir pendant necklaces. But the exhibit also displays less expected, playful items like a silver and gold tennis-ball can.
We were fascinated by the celebrity backstories. For instance, you can follow Taylor’s divorce from Eddie Fisher and subsequent marriage to Burton via the baubles they bought for her (there’s a whole room devoted to her possessions).
Even the staging of the exhibit has a cinematic feel, with images of stars wearing Bulgari projected onto the walls. All that’s missing is a ruby-encrusted red carpet.
Through February 17; 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.; 415-750-3600 or deyoung.famsf.org
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