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1950 -1960  THE COLOUR REVOLUTION in High Jewellery

1950s -1960s – THE COLOUR REVOLUTION

The post-war boom led to a return to precious white metal covered with diamonds, the most fashionable stones. High jewellery was still “Parisian”, but with more sinuous motifs and softer lines. Between the ‘50s and ‘60s Bulgari created extraordinary floral brooches called TREMBLANT, with corollas attached by springs allowing the flower-head to quiver. At the end of the ‘50s, Bulgari started its own style: more structured, symmetrical and compact shapes in yellow gold. Gems used for their chromatic effects, creations turned in multicolour while the combinations became more daring. Cabochon gemstones were a further innovation as this cut was reserved for gemstones of lesser value. An “Italian School” of jewellery was born and the Bulgari style became fully affirmed.

Bulgari Jewelry Necklace and earrings in gold and platinum with rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds 1959

Necklace and earrings in gold and platinum with rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds, 1959

Bulgari High Jewelry Tremblant brooch in platinum with fancy yellow diamonds and diamonds 1962

"Tremblant" brooch in platinum with fancy yellow diamonds and diamonds, 1962

Bulgari High Jewellery Necklace and earrings in gold and platinum with turquoise, rubies and diamonds 1957 - 1958

Necklace and earrings in gold and platinum with turquoise, rubies and diamonds, ca 1957 - 1958

Bulgari Jewellery Brooches in gold and platinum with multicolour sapphires, rubies and diamonds 1953

Brooches in gold and platinum with multicolour sapphires, rubies and diamonds, ca 1953

Bulgari High Jewellery creation Necklace and pendent earrings in platinum with sapphires and diamonds 1955

Necklace and pendent earrings in platinum with sapphires and diamonds, 1955

Bulgari classic jewel Bracelet in platinum with rubies and diamonds 1950

Bracelet in platinum with rubies and diamonds, ca 1950

Bulgari high jewelry creations: Brooch in gold with emeralds, sapphires and diamonds, 1958

Brooch in gold with emeralds, sapphires and diamonds, 1958

Bulgari high jewellery Necklace, bracelet and earrings in gold with diamonds, 1954 - 1955

Necklace, bracelet and earrings in gold with diamonds, 1954 - 1955

Bulgari Necklace in gold with Roman Imperial coins in gold, silver and bronze and diamonds 1978

Necklace in gold with Roman Imperial coins in gold, silver and bronze and diamonds, ca 1978

Bulgari Brooch in gold and platinum with turquoise, sapphires and diamonds 1969

Brooch in gold and platinum with turquoise, sapphires and diamonds, 1969