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Greek silversmith Sotirios Voulgaris arrived in Rome in 1881 and set up his own shop there in 1884, calling it Bulgari, an Italianization of his last name (in the brand's logo, it's styled BVLGARI, using the classical Latin alphabet in a nod to ancient Roman culture). In 1905, he opened the company’s flagship boutique on Rome’s Via dei Condotti. Since then, Bulgari has looked to Rome as a source of reference for its fanciful and decidedly romantic designs for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other accessories.

Although the iconic jewelry house found success with its silverwork and Art Deco designs, popular through the 1920s, Bulgari’s signature style — bold, often using yellow gold embellished with big colorful gemstones — began to emerge when Sotirios’s sons inherited the business, in 1932.

The brand truly hit its stride in the dolce vita era of the 1950s and ’60s, when the founder’s grandsons Paolo, Gianni and Nicola Bulgari decisively departed from demure traditional styles to develop the house’s exuberant multi-gem looks, attracting celebrity collectors like Elizabeth Taylor.

In the 1940s, Bulgari debuted perhaps its most famous design, the Serpenti bracelet watch. The piece’s snakelike coils were made possible by the tubogas jewelry technique, which links a flexible series of thin horizontal bands. Both the sleek, modern tubogas construction and the sinuous snake motif continue to be synonymous with the Bulgari brand

On 1stDibs, the collection of vintage Bulgari jewelry includes rings, pendant necklaces, watches and other accessories.

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Bulgari Serpenti Ring
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Bulgari Serpenti Watch
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Bvlgari Parentesi Diamond Gold Cuff Bracelet
By Bulgari
Located in New York, NY
An iconic vintage Bulgari Parentesi 18K Yellow Gold cuff bracelet is composed of sculpted geometric links set with colorless round diamonds for a total weight of 5 carats total, grad...
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Late 20th Century Italian Art Deco Bulgari

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Bulgari Diamond Monologo Ring, 54
By Bulgari
Located in New York, NY
Ladies 18k rose gold Bvlgari Monologo ring with inlaid logo embellished with round brilliant cut diamonds. Signed Bvlgari, size 54. (6.75 US) C...
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2010s Italian Bulgari

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Bulgari Tronchetto Yellow Gold and Blue Topaz Ring
By Bulgari
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990s Bulgari Tronchetto Collection Ring, 18k Yellow Gold and set with a Domed Cabochon Blue Topaz, the top measuring 5/8 inch across. Finger size 6. Comes in original Presenta...
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1990s Italian Bulgari

Materials

Topaz, Blue Topaz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Bvlgari 18k White Gold Serpenti Viper Ring
By Bulgari
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Bvlgari Serpenti Viper band ring crafted in polished 18 karat white gold. The serpentine design coils around the finger in a flexible wrap style. Polished tapered serpenti sections open at the ends to allow the ring to be worn by various finger sizes. Fits approximate US finger sizes of 6-7.5 (Bvlgari's "medium" size). Signed 'Bvlgari AU 750 Made In Italy M' with serial number and Italian gold mark. Ring is accompanied by original satin Bvlgari ring box...
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2010s Italian Modern Bulgari

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

BVLGARI Serpenti Viper Two-Coil Ring Rose Gold Full Pavé Diamonds 357262
By Bulgari
Located in New York, NY
Crafted from 18-karat rose gold and adorned with pavé diamonds, this Bulgari Serpenti Viper Two-Coil ring exudes elegance and sophistication. Perfect for those who appreciate avant-g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bulgari

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Bvlgari Serpenti Forever Emerald Green Shinny Leather Two-Coil Bracelet
By Bulgari
Located in Banbury, GB
SKU AT-2452 Comes With Box Only Model Serpenti Stones Emerald Weight approx 25 g Condition Excellent __________________________________ If you are interested in any of our previousl...
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2010s French Bulgari

Materials

18k Gold, Gold Plate

BVLGARI Serpenti Viper Ring 357876 Rose Gold and Diamonds
By Bulgari
Located in New York, NY
Crafted from 18-karat rose gold and adorned with pavé diamonds, this Bulgari Serpenti Viper Two-Coil ring exudes elegance and sophistication. Perfect for those who appreciate avant-g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bulgari

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Bvlgari Monete Ruby 18K Yellow Gold Ancient Coin Brooch
By Bulgari
Located in Banbury, GB
SKU CT-2402 Comes With Box Only Date approx 1990 Model Bvlgari Monete Metal 18k Yellow Gold Stones Ruby Weight approx 7.6 g Length approx 3.5 cm Condition Excellent Other Info Coin d...
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1990s French Bulgari

Materials

Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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While the Bulgari Serpenti watch technically arrived first, it was a decorative bracelet from the Italian luxury jewelry house’s signature line that made a notable impact, thanks to a little help from Hollywood. In 1962, the brand garnered international attention after its now-legendary serpent motif made its way into a photograph taken on the set of the star-studded historical epic Cleopatra. A Bulgari Serpenti bracelet — with its stunning snake head encrusted with diamonds — was wrapped aro...
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Questions About Bulgari
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Whether or not Bulgari is handmade depends on the piece. Typically, skilled artisans working in the company's own factories located in Italy handcraft the Italian luxury brand's jewelry, bags and small leather accessories. Most of the manufacturing for Bulgari sunglasses is done by machine. Shop a range of Bulgari on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    What the Bulgari Serpenti motif means is largely a matter of personal interpretation. However, Roman designs inspired the Bulgari Serpenti, and in Ancient Rome, snakes were symbols of fertility, rebirth and protection from evil. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Bulgari pieces.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few ways to determine whether or not your Bulgari jewelry is real. First, Bulgari uses the highest quality material for all of its pieces, such as 18-karat gold, platinum, silver or steel with meticulously cut gemstones and diamonds. Second, all pieces should be stamped with “made in Italy” and a “BVLGARI” text. Note that Bulgari uses the classic Latin alphabet, which is why a “V” is used in place of a “U.” Browse a large collection of authentic Bulgari jewelry from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    Gèrald Genta designed the Bulgari Diagono. When the timepiece debuted in 1988, it was the first sports watch the Italian luxury fashion house and watchmaker had ever produced. As a designer and engineer, Genta transformed both the overall appearance of timepieces and how they function. He’s also one of the few watchmakers whose creations for brands other than his own earned him worldwide acclaim. Shop a collection of Bulgari Diagono watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    The difference between Bulgari and BVLGARI comes down to usage. Bulgari is the proper name of the luxury Italian jewelry house. However, in advertising and in its logo, Bulgari's brand name appears as BVLGARI. Changing the U to a V is meant to reference the Latin alphabet and represent Bulgari's roots as a company founded in Rome. On 1stDibs, find an assortment of Bulgari jewelry, watches and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Why Bulgari is spelled Bvlgari comes down to the concept behind the brand's logo and word mark. The actual name of the luxury jewelry house is Bulgari. However, its logo and trademark spell the name as BVLGARI to make it resemble the convention of the Latin alphabet as a reflection of the location of its headquarters in Rome, Italy. In addition, the "V" represents the initial of the last name of founder Sotirios Voulgaris. Find a diverse assortment of Bulgari jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    No, the Bulgari Serpenti watch is not waterproof. However, it is water-resistant up to 30 meters. Waterproof means that a timepiece blocks out water, while a water-resistant timepiece resists water entry but can let some moisture in. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Bulgari Serpenti watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Jewelry made by the Italian luxury brand Bulgari is said to be among the highest quality jewelry in the world. Vintage Bulgari jewelry — available on 1stDibs — is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike. In fact, vintage Bulgari jewelry often shows up at international auctions.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How to clean a Bulgari B Zero ring depends on the material. You can clean the metal with a soft-bristled toothbrush, warm water and dish soap, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Use a cleaning product formulated for leather to clean leather rings. Wipe gemstones with a soft cloth. Bulgari recommends that you visit a Bulgari boutique once every year for professional cleaning. On 1stDibs, find a range of Bulgari B Zero rings.

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