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Bulgari Ancient Coin “Monete” Necklace


This idea for this ancient coin necklace, belonging to Bulgari’s “Monete" collection, was conceived during the 1960s decade of “La Dolce Vita," when Rome was reborn as a film and style leader of the world. Casually elegant, this striking ancient coin pendant, with ruby accents and a supple gold trace link chain, perfectly expresses the Italian notion of “sprezzatura," or the art of being stylish without apparent effort.

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Item #: N-19398
Artist: Bulgari, Rome
Country: Italy
Circa: 1980s
Size: Chain: 18.25” length
Materials: Ancient Roman coin from the reign of Commodus, 175-192 A.D.; 2 Cabochon rubies (approximate total weight 0.40 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: “Bvlgari”

Nicola Bulgari captured the glamorous spirit of the Eternal City with jewels that showcased coins as “numismatic gems," mounting them in chic, contemporary settings while referencing the firm’s Greek and Roman artistic heritage.