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Bulgari Sapphire 18 Karat Gold Melon Purse Evening Bag



Fine cabochon sapphire and 18K yellow gold "Melon" purse by Bulgari. It features a diagonal ribbed design, with cabochon sapphire button release. Inside it is adorned with suede lining and an attached oval mirror with a gold bezel setting. The end has a black fabric tassel tied and can be used in a variety of different colors. With carrying case. This is the larger size weighing over 460 grams. Hallmarks: Bulgari, 750, reference numbers.


  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Weight
    466.4 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 4 in. (101.6 mm)Depth: 2 in. (50.8 mm)Length: 7.5 in. (190.5 mm)
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 20th Century
  • Condition
    Small scratches and irregularities, very subtle to the eye; please see pictures.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12210595132

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Bvlgari (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, 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.

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Located in New York, NY
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