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Mario Buccellati

Italian, 1891-1965

A love of tradition set Mario Buccellati and his fine jewelry house apart in the competitive Italian market and remains a point of pride for the family. In 1919, Mario launched Buccellati with the opening of his first shop in Milan and quickly built a reputation for his richly embellished traforato, or finely pierced goldwork. The Ancona, Italy–born jeweler’s workmanship was in a class of its own. His rings, earrings, bracelets and other accessories were exquisite, yet the gemstones themselves were never too flashy, elevated instead by the designs’ intricate metalsmithing.

Today the Buccellati family is still closely tied to the business even as it is now owned by Richemont, a luxury conglomerate that also counts Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels among its subsidiaries.

A young Mario Buccellati apprenticed with famed goldsmith Beltrami e Besnati in the early 1900s, although many of the goldsmithing techniques synonymous with Buccellati go as far back as the Italian Renaissance. The family lineage is also said to include 18th-century jeweler Contardo Buccellati. Owing to the founder’s advanced metalworking skills, the brand is known for designs that feature metal with the delicacy of lace and draw on the wonders of the natural world. The house’s work is typified by intricate gemstone settings that emphasize their natural color and dense engraving techniques that transform the texture of gold.

One of the time-honored engraving techniques that has come to characterize Buccellati’s work — techniques that require apprenticeships and training in the fine jeweler’s workshops — is called rigato. It involves the engraving of a precious metal with a series of parallel lines to achieve a fabric-like effect.

Rigato is on luminous display in the house’s Macri collection of earrings, cuff bracelets and other accessories. A painstaking attention to detail is pronounced in the celebrated Macri, Bartolomeo and Unica collections — witness the striking honeycomb motif, a house signature, that characterizes the Unica collection’s Caterina bracelet, for example. The Macri collection was the work of Mario’s son, Gianmaria Buccellati, an award-winning jeweler and internationally renowned silversmith who worked to bring the brand to the global stage by overseeing the opening of boutiques in Tokyo, Paris, California and elsewhere.

In 1951, Mario opened his first store in New York City; today the company operates boutiques worldwide. In 2019, the company celebrated its centennial with a new flagship in Paris and the Vintage collection, which features some of its most enduring designs.

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Average Sold Price
$5,243
Styles
Mario Buccellati Bloodstone Gold Cufflinks
By Mario Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 18k gold cufflinks by Mario Buccellati, set with bloodstone. Each top is 21mm x 16mm. Marked: Mario Buccellati, 750. Weight - 14.9 grams.
Category

20th Century Mario Buccellati

Materials

Gold

Mario Buccellati Silver Acorn and Leaf Bangle
By Mario Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Metal: Sterling Silver Hallmark: M. Buccellati Italy Place of Origin: Italy Weight: 46.2 gms Width: 40 mm Wrist: 2 inches Item No: 525
Category

Late 20th Century Mario Buccellati

Materials

Sterling Silver

Original 1950's Mario Buccellati Ruby Diamond Yellow White Gold Heart Bracelet
By Mario Buccellati
Located in Valenza, IT
One-of-a-kind, awesome, Mario Buccellati Heart Bracelet featuring 2.20Kt burma rubies and 1.10Kt white diamond in a handcrafted yellow and white gold brushed and polished setting. Bu...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Mario Buccellati

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold, White Gold

Buccellati Vintage No Heat Blue Sapphire 18k Gold Floral Square Brooch Pin
By Mario Buccellati
Located in Miami, FL
This Extraordinary rectangular Vintage  Buccellati Diamond and Sapphire Brooch. This piece was crafted in  Luxurious 18K yellow gold. Measuring approx. 33 mm x 25 mm,  this brooch ...
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1960s Retro Vintage Mario Buccellati

Materials

Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Mid Century Mario Buccelatti Italian Peridot Diamond 18 Karat Gold Dome Ring
By Mario Buccellati
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Mid Century Mario Buccelatti Italian Peridot Diamond 18 Karat Gold Bezel Set Dome Ring. Featuring one round peridot of approximately 2.90 carats. Accented by 32 round brilliant c...
Category

1950s Vintage Mario Buccellati

Materials

Diamond, Peridot, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

M. Buccellati Gold and Silver Leaf Pin
By Mario Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Very fine figural "leaf" pin. Made and signed by MARIO BUCCELLATI. Sterling silver leaf, with iconic Buccellati fine shimmery finish; the vein in the leaf and the closur...
Category

1950s Vintage Mario Buccellati

Materials

18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Mario Buccellati Two Tone 18 Karat Gold Bracelet
By Mario Buccellati
Located in Brisbane, QLD
We are very excited to present this wonderful handcrafted bracelet by Mario Buccellati. The two tone bracelet consists of woven gold ovals of alternating 18 karat yellow and 18 karat...
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20th Century Modern Mario Buccellati

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Mario Buccellati Italy 18k Yellow Gold Oak Leaf Clip-On Earrings
By Mario Buccellati
Located in DALLAS, TX
Vintage Mario Bucchellati Italy 18k yellow gold Guirlande de feuilles oak leaf clip-on earrings. Circa 1960's. 6.8Dwt
Category

Mid-20th Century Mario Buccellati

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Mario Buccellati jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

Find a range of Mario Buccellati watches & jewelry available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most fashionable antique or vintage Mario Buccellati jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Mario Buccellati diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 33. This collection contains 65 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. 1stDibs has retro and contemporary styles of Mario Buccellati jewelry & watches. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Merkaba, MOGULDIAM INC and Mauboussin. Prices for Mario Buccellati watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$485 and tops out at US$75,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$14,187 on average.

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