Yield to the Diva Richard Burton once declared that he had introduced Elizabeth Taylor to beer and that she had introduced him to a “nice little shop” on Rome’s Via Condotti. He was, of course, referring to Bulgari, where the Welsh actor had purchased a treasure trove of magnificent jewels for his two-time wife, including a 23-carat Colombian-emerald brooch, which served as an engagement gift, and a sautoir set with a 52-carat Burmese sapphire for her 40th birthday. But Taylor wasn’t the only screen siren who adored Bulgari. Gina Lollobrigida, Monica Vitti, Grace Kelly, and Sophia Loren all hit the town in the house’s signature multicolored cabochons. In honor of these women, Bulgari has created the Diva collection, a series of vibrant, commanding, wholly alluring pieces—like this extraordinary necklace—that no doubt would have had Burton reaching for his wallet.
Bulgari gold, mother-of-pearl, emerald, rubellite, amethyst, and diamond necklace, price upon request, bulgari.com.
Photographs by Coppi Barbieri Styled by Claudia Mata