A Vintage 18ct Tricolour Gold Serpenti Tubogas Cuff Bracelet

A vintage tricolour gold Serpenti Tubogas cuff bracelet by Bulgari, 1990s. The cuff bracelet is crafted in three colours of 18ct gold, yellow, rose and white, in a highly flexible Tubogas design that wraps around the wrist and has a softly domed pyramidal profile. Each end tapers into a rounded termination.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct gold, signed Bvlgari with Italian assay marks and makers marks for Illario
Weight description173.8 grams

Directors Notes

Serpenti, one of Bulgari’s most iconic designs, was introduced in 1948. The first pieces were jewelled watches which were designed to coil around the wrist using another instantly recognisable house motif, Tubogas. Since then, this most ancient of symbols has been consistently reinvented by the Maison in a range of different styles and designs. Every evolution contemporary and always reflecting the symbolic nature of rebirth and metamorphosis that the serpent represents, this timeless motif has been consistently honoured by Bulgari’s creativity and boldness and continues to be a highly sought after collection. This bracelet was made by Illario, who were the craftsmen behind the earliest Bulgari Serpenti pieces, their exceptional skill recognised by Bulgari as well as other jewellery houses and this adds another iconic layer of desirability to an already fantastic jewel.


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In 1880 a young Greek silversmith, Sotirios Boulgaris, arrived in Italy looking to build a new life. It didn’t take him long to establish himself and after a couple of false starts he opened his eponymous shop on Via Sistina in Rome in 1884.  He Italianised his name to Sotirio Bulgari and the firm that would eventually come to represent the very essence of ‘la dolce vita’ was born.

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