A piece of jewellery which encapsulates two iconic designs has been chosen for Hancocks London’s Jewel of the Month for February.
The vintage tricolour gold cuff bracelet is dated circa 1990s and is instantly recognisable given it seamlessly integrates two of Bulgari’s most iconic collections – Serpenti and Tubogas.
The bracelet, crafted in three colours of 18ct gold, showcases the highly flexible Tubogas design. With its softly domed pyramidal profile, it effortlessly wraps around the wrist, with each end tapers into a rounded termination.
The Bulgari Serpenti, introduced in 1948, stands as one of the brand’s most iconic designs. Initially presented as jewelled watches that coiled around the wrist, the Serpenti collection featured the Tubogas motif, another iconic element of the Bulgari repertoire. Over the years, Bulgari has consistently reinvented this ancient symbol in various styles and designs.
The Tubogas style, patented in 1881, gained widespread acclaim among jewellers from the 1940s onward. Known for its flexible yet robust ‘gas pipe’ design, Tubogas requires great skill and precision in its creation. The metal is wrapped around a core with interlocking edges, eliminating the need for soldering. This remarkable design has become instantly recognisable and stands as one of Bulgari’s signature styles.