Bulgari

A Vintage ‘Monete’ Necklace in 18ct Yellow Gold

A vintage ‘Monete’ necklace in 18ct yellow gold by Bulgari, circa 1980. This necklace is set with an ancient Greek silver coin with the head of Herakles (Hercules) on the front and to the reverse, a flying Pegasus. The coin is set in a 18ct yellow gold bezel mounting connected to a classic curb link chain terminating with a tongue and box clasp. The underside of the coin is engraved on the setting with details of the coin.

Further Details

Gemstones'Gemme Nummarie' (Coin gems)
"THESSALIA-DYRRACHIUM 3rd cent b.c."
OriginItalian
Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold, signed Bvlgari and Italian assay marks
Weight description65.9 grams
DimensionsNecklace length: 43cm / 17"
Coin: 1.7 x 1.4cm / 0.6 x 0.5"
Periodcirca 1980s
SKU128979

Directors Notes

The iconic Bulgari Monete jewels were launched mid 1960s and driven by Nicola Bulgari, a keen coin collector. The collection expanded quickly as the reception was so positive that they never looked back and still create this range today. The concept of setting coins into jewellery goes as far back as the Roman empire but it had a resurgence in popularity in the late 19th century. Bulgari have great respect for the historic value and heritage of the ancient coins used in their 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 and classical coins also honours their cultural heritage. The Bulgari Monete collection pieces are more than jewels, they are jewelled historical artifacts.

£19,500.00

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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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