Luxury house Bvlgari is celebrating the Year of the Snake in a big way with the Serpenti collection. Enrapturing me with its intricate detailing and winding curves, these pieces crosses elegant femininity with reptilian chic and are iconic of the luxury house since the 1940s.
For timepieces, the strap takes the form of a gem-encrusted, cascading vertebrae wrapped around the wearer’s wrist with the potent “snake” head seated prominently on top with unsettling poise. What I find interesting is how the different segments are joined together to create an opulent spiral.
The highlight of this range would have to be the one made of yellow gold and adorned with 309 diamonds and 81 emeralds for its swirling coils. What appears to be the serpent’s head with two malachites eyes is actually a carefully concealed compartment which can be flipped open to reveal a charming time face.
For jewelry, Bulgari has pared the concept down to create stunningly simple gold bracelets and rings with a snake head made of diamonds, mother-of-pearl, rubelite, peridot or onyx. Statement pieces include a 74.20 carat diamond and white gold necklace which rests seductively on the neck and a five-coil white gold bracelet adorned with 208 cabochon rubies and pave diamonds.
That’s more than enough bling right there to make for a very luxurious contriction!