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Gorgeous vintage earclips by Bulgari with antique roman coins, around 1990
Throughout the millennia, coins have always been more than mere objects of exchange in commodity transactions and repositories of commercial values. They were always carefully designed media that, with the portraits of the rulers, were symbols of state identity. Coins paid homage to deities or commemorated special events. As such, coins have had a firm place in the world of jewellery since antiquity and have been fashioned into a wide variety of pieces. This tradition lives on to this day in the creations of the House of Bulgari. Since the 1950s, the Roman jeweller has been using ancient Roman coins to create an entire collection appropriately named "Monete". Roman antiquity, with its buildings and monuments, has long been a particular source of inspiration for Bulgari. The founder of the house, Sotirios Voulgaris, who settled in Rome in 1881, traded there not only with jewellery but also with ancient artefacts, which had a lasting influence on his work. This pair of magnificent earclips comes from the Monete line and pays homage to the Imperium Romanum with two original Roman silver coins. These are Roman silver coins, so-called quinares, with the portraits of two Roman Caesars of the high imperial period. On the one hand we see Domitian (* 24. October 51 in Rome; † 18. September 96 ibid.), third and last emperor of the Flavian dynasty, and on the other Hadrian (* 24. January 76 probably in Italica; † 10. July 138 in Baiae), whose reign was already praised by contemporaries as the Golden Age. The ancient silver coins are held by plain settings of high-carat yellow gold. They are attached to the earclips by a short curb chain. A drop-shaped polished ruby in each case enriches the magnificent design with its fiery red. Thus, the precious features of the clips correspond to the numismatic treasures. Together with the masterly workmanship, this results in ear jewellery that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also full of references to European history with its artefacts that are around 1900 years old!
Like hardly any other jeweler in the world, the name of the house of BVLGARI is synonymous with first-class jewelry from a world of luxury and glamour. The company was founded in Rome in 1881 by Sotirios Voulgaris, a native of Greece. After the founding of the Cinecitta studios, the shop in Rome enjoyed an ever-growing clientele from the stars of the film scene such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Romy Schneider and Gina Lollobrigida, who made Bulgari the epitome of the Dolce Vita.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.