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Bulgari Dunhill Midcentury Ruby 18 Karat Gold Lighter



Fine ruby and 18K yellow gold lighter by Dunhill for Bulgari, circa 1970s. Hallmarks: Bulgari, Dunhill, 750, Italian workshop ID.


  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Weight
    82.2 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: .75 in. (19.05 mm)Depth: .5 in. (12.7 mm)Length: 2.88 in. (73.16 mm)
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    mid-20th century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12214088532

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    to United States 0, arrives in 5 days, excluding production time.
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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About the Designer


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 (eventually spelled 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.

Although the house found success with its silverwork and Art Deco designs, popular through the 1920s, its 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, BVLGARI 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 BVLGARI brand.

On 1stDibs, our collection of BVLGARI jewelry includes rings, necklaces, watches and other accessories.

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