Bulgari’s Majestic Collar Worthy of a Superhero

Forged from gold and adorned with tourmaline cabochons in dark pink, grass green and sky blue, this Bulgari piece is all strength.

Article by Nancy Hass

Photography by Philip Cheung. Styled by Ali Gallagher. Stylist’s assistant: Justin Fry.

Whether sharply angled or gracefully curved, the outlines of modernity signal a purity, one unblemished by gimmicky gesture or fussy decoration. To be modern means, to some degree, baring oneself to the world. Case in point: Bulgari’s new three-ring collar, which evokes the 1980s, a time of exceptional postmodern verve, but also the otherworldly adornment of Cleopatra’s Egypt.

The focus is three monumental, half-round, translucent stones — luscious tourmalines in pomegranate pink and palm green and a clear, Caribbean-blue aquamarine — cut en cabochon, a prehistoric color-enhancing lapidary technique that, despite feeling forever contemporary, actually predates faceted designs. Set on a pink-gold armature made in the house’s signature proto-industrial tubogas style — an unsoldered, flexible spiral inspired by early 20th-century underground gas pipes — the piece has a futuristic brio: the perfect amulet to encircle the neck of a superhero of any era, but especially our own. Price on request.