Bulgari Roma "Gemme Nummarie" Necklace
This "Gemme Nummarie" necklace, made by Bulgari Rome in the 1970s, is composed of an ancient coin, 18K gold, ruby and diamond. The substantial slightly graduating curb link 18K gold chain centers a bezel-set ancient brass coin dated 27 B.C. depicting Augustus wearing a radiate crown, flanked by stylized buckle devies set with oval cabochon rubies, clasp with diamond highlight. Substantial and modeled to drape the neck with maximum softness and comfort, this Bulgari classic represents the unmistakable streamlined aesthetic and deft workmanship of italy's premier jeweler.
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- Curator's Notes
Item #: N-21170
Artist: Bulgari, Roma
Size: Chain length 15.75", Coin diameter 1.25"
Materials: 2 cabochon rubies (approximate total weight 1.00 carats); 1 round diamond (with approximate total weight 0.04 carat); 18K Gold; Ancient Roman coin
Signed: BVLGARI, 750, BD 5253. Coin Reverse:BVLGARI, Roma Augustus 27 B.C. A.D. 14 Dupondius
Literature: For an extended discussion of 'Gemme Nummarie" at Bulgari, see Bulgari by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, pp. 110-133.
It was Nicola Bulgari, a grandson of the founder, who in the 1960s revived the practice of mounting ancient coins in the firm's jewelry. Nicola's love of coins was inspired by his godfather, and his expertise in numismatic science was gained during his youth and throughout his career. The mounting of these coins, from Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and other sources, expresses the firm's deep connection with and inspiration derived from the mixed cultural heritage of Italy. At the same time, Bulgari's novel and inventive settings for these "coin gems" reflect the firm's commitment to strong contemporary, pared-down design.