08 June 2016

Bulgari Unveils New Collection in Monaco

Models wear new jewels by Bulgari during a gala event in Monaco (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI)

The stars weren't the only things glittering on Thursday evening in Monaco. Bulgari held a special gala dinner that included the runway debut of some of their new high jewelry pieces. Here's a look at some of the sparkle displayed by models, a former first lady, and even a German noblewoman.




Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for BVLGARI

A model wears diamond and sapphire jewels, including an elaborate floral necklace


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, former First Lady of France and one of the brand's ambassadors, wears a similar floral necklace in diamonds and emeralds


Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for BVLGARI

Geometric diamond and sapphire jewels on the runway


Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for BVLGARI

More runway jewels, including a necklace with a fan-shaped pendant and a coordinating bracelet


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI

A model poses in diamonds with sapphires and emeralds


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI

A serpent bracelet on the runway


Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for BVLGARI

One of my favorite sets on display -- a gorgeous necklace and earrings that feature violet-hued gemstones carved to resemble leaves. Many of the pieces from the new collections are inspired by nature


Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images for BVLGARI

German model Toni Garrn wears a necklace and earrings featuring a similar carved leaf technique; these pieces remind me of some from my own collection of American costume jewelry from the '50s and '60s


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI

A model wears a necklace with coordinating bracelets in geometric patterns


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI

Carina Lau, an actress from Hong Kong, wears a similar necklace with a coordinating ring


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for BVLGARI

There was also a member of a German princely family in attendance and wearing Bulgari jewels: Lilly of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. She's the great-granddaughter of the 4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, which makes her a cousin of the Danish branch of the S-W-B family (and a first cousin of Anna of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Bereleburg, who is married to Manuel of Bavaria).

Which of these new Bulgari jewels could you see on a current queen or princess?