A Vintage 18ct Yellow Gold Monete Ring

A vintage ‘Monete’ ring in 18ct yellow gold by Bulgari circa 1970. This ring is set with an ancient Roman bronze coin all in a fluted 18ct yellow gold mount that tapers to the back. The inside of the shank is engraved with ‘VETRANIO 350 D.C’ referencing the history of the coin. The ring has it’s original Bulgari box.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials'Gemme Nummarie' (Coin gems)
Ancient roman bronze coin 'VETRANIO 350 D.C'
Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold, signed Bvlgari and Italian assay marks
Weight description18.6 grams
DimensionsUK finger size N 1/2, US finger size 6.75 (Can be adjusted)
Head: 1.6 cm
Band: 4.7mm at back

Directors Notes

The iconic Bulgari Monete jewels were launched mid 1960s and driven by Nicola Bulgari, a keen coin collector. The collection started with brooches and soon expanded to long chains and onwards, the reception was so positive that they never looked back and still create this range today. Bulgari have great respect for the historic value of the ancient coins used in the jewels, they refer to them as ‘Gemme Nummarie’ (Coin gems) and it is an important factor that in every jewel the coins are set carefully so that they are not damaged in any way. Each coin has its information engraved into the jewel so it’s importance and history are not lost. Bulgari is a company proud of its origins and using these ancient coins also honours their cultural heritage. The Bulgari Monete collection pieces are more than jewels, they are jewelled history.


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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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