Diamond Chain Necklace
By the 1970s, the Italian jewellers Bulgari had settled into what would become their defining aesthetic: solid, smooth forms with a slightly industrial feel, predominantly in yellow gold, with rich colour combinations of mostly cabochon-cut coloured stones contrasted with glittering white diamonds.
It was also around this time that they opened a boutique at the Pierre Hotel in New York, which they celebrated by launching a collection of American flag-themed jewels known as the 'Star Spangled Banner' collection. An immediate hit modelled by celebrities such as Cher and first lady Nancy Reagan, Bulgari's jewels became one of defining aesthetics of 1970s and 80s Manhattan.
This curb necklace from Bulgari's New York atelier epitomises the firm's focus on the feel of the jewel in addition to its visual effect - its warm gold links are smooth to the touch, and the weight is substantial and solid without being too heavy, making this versatile and durable jewel a pleasure to wear with almost any outfit.
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