Bvlgari encapsulates Atlantic Ocean in the Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve

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Italian jewelry and luxury accessoiries house Bulgari has released the third and latest addition to its Aqva Pour Homme line. Inaugurated in 2005, the Aqva Pour Homme line has previously featured two popular fragrances by renowned perfumer Jacques Cavallier. This February, the Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve takes the Aqva Pour Homme line to the next level by imbuing the Atlantic Ocean into the fragrance stored in the famous signature pebble-shaped bottle.

It is a known fact that water covers nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface. The Aqua Pour Homme line, including this latest product, continues to attest to Bulgari’s dedication to developing products of substance, depth and relevance to modern man. The Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve man is confident, charismatic, sporty and mature; he is aware of his minuteness in the vastness of the ocean, yet he rides the waves assuredly and with ease. No wonder that the Italian house choose for Justin Joslin as the face for their new fragrance.

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In order to embody the character of the Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve man, Cavallier brings together and juxtaposes two accords — ‘Sea Amber’ and ‘Ocean Energy’. ‘Sea Amber’ draws from the molecular construct of the ambergris or grey amber, an organic treasure from the ocean, while incorporating the subtle, layered character of balms and woods such as sandalwood, vetiver roots and benzoin resin. ‘Ocean Energy’, true to its name, crosses a powerful aqueous note along with the gentle top notes of Sicilian lemon and Italian bergamot. The Eau de Toilette celebrates the ocean as a force of strength, a record of history, and a symbol of life and its constant flux.

Bulgari’s beautiful but simple design for the flacon of the fragrance recounts the shape of a stone or pebble by the seashore. These naturally produced fragments of the earth bring to mind both individual uniqueness and a connection with the macrocosm of nature. The sleek surface of the bottle recounts the seashore, while its body’s translucent deep blue colour suggest the apparent infinite depth of ocean waters when viewed from its surface, and the incessant beating of the waves on the shore.

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Predecessors of the fragrance drew on other distinctive characteristics of the ocean as muse. The first fragrance in the line, the Aqva Pour Homme, released in 2005, spoke of the sense of emancipation and the uncovering of mysteries, evoked by delving into the depths of the ocean. Unveiled three years later, the Aqva Pour Homme Marine relayed the profundity of the sea even in its calmness, recalling sea breezes and the gentle disruption of ripples on the water’s surface….

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Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve is available in 100ml, 50ml, and 30ml bottles at $143.00, $102.00 and $82.00 respectively.

 

 

Bulgari Presents its First High Perfumery Collection for Men

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Haute Joallier Bulgari presents the new ‘Le Gemme’ collection dedicated to men. A new revolutionary chapter in the story of the Roman jeweller. It was written in the DNA of the master of coloured gemstones that Bulgari would one day travel the roads of the world to seek, in order to reveal them, the secret correspondences between gemstones and fragrances. And thus in 2014 the first ‘Le Gemme’ collection for women appeared, an olfactory tribute to six precious stones that are emblematic of the Roman jeweller.

Echoing these precious Eaux de Parfum this new high perfumery collection dedicated to men revisits an entire aspect of ancient history following the precious stones and perfume roads that the great conquerors and luxury nomads of Antiquity discovered during their travels and their conquests. This twin voyage through the worlds of gemstones and scent recreates a legendary world of adventures along famous roads and across fabled regions from the mediterranean Basin to the Far East. With ‘Le Gemme’ collection dedicated to  men, Bulgari draws a very contemporary and new map of masculinity of which 21st century man is the heir.

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Bulgari entrusted Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier with the task of transcribing the six gemstones of the collection in a radical palette. Like an olfactory ‘big- bang’, this new collection shakes up the codes of luxury perfumes for men. In the same way as stone cutters reveal the beauty of gemstones with their skill, Jacques Cavallier has worked exceptional raw materials to the limits of the possible so as to exalt their richness or reveal them in a new, unexpected register.

Between sacred and secular, wild and civilised, singularity and otherness, ‘Le Gemme’ collection for men reflects the pluralist personality of contemporary man. A combination of undisputed strength and magnetic character that since the dawn of time has never left the hear ts of powerful men in and around the Mediterranean, men that are both conquerors and seducers.

Bulgari Onekh

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To illustrate the ambivalence of black onyx the Perfumer chose the power of royal Oud. It has the balance between the different facets of this ingredient, a symbol of wealth and rank in Oriental countries where it has been used it for millennia. A product that is more expensive than gold, which is one of the most beautiful and loved natural notes in the world. For ‘Onekh’, Jacques Cavallier has used a sublime natural Oud: leathery and spicy wood, with notes of saffron and honey. The contrast between brittle, dry and smoked woods and the balmy, addictive and sensual notes serve to enhance this Oud of unprecedented quality.

Bulgari Garanat

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A symbol of the passion accompanying the deep red of the Garnet, but also of its light, the Perfumer has imagined a supremely elegant and virile Rose, translating the powerful energy of its colour which anchors this gemstone known since the dawn of times in the cradle of the greatest civilisations. A duality in which ancient mysteries and sophistication answer each other, transcribed in the dialogue between two symbolic ingredients: Rose and Incense. ‘Garanat’ is a perfume that is as rich and thick as velvet: curls of Roses and intoxicating incense chiaroscuro create a warm, surprising and fascinating fragrance with great masculine strength.

Bulgari Gyan

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Brightened by a generous dose of night Jasmine which envelops the scent with its sensuality, Patchouli illustrates the mysteries of the blue of the Sapphire in ‘Gyan’. This unique creation combines Patchouli with a flower, and delivers a very sophisticated particularly masculine perfume with an incomparable sillage: its trilogy of woods, dominated by its extraordinary heart of Indonesian Patchouli, illustrates the aristocratic grandeur and elegance of this stone of knowledge he pays tribute to. Jacques Cavallier has used Patchouli very generously, and reworked it in Grasse to highlight the most noble and beautiful aspects of its scent. Wisps of burned Incense intensify its aura and increase its mystery.

Bulgari Malakeos

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Bulgari ‘Malakeos’ pays tribute to a classical theme of masculine perfumery, Fougère, that the Perfumer has entirely revisited. In search of a powerful naturalness, an icy and nurturing green freshness, the fragrance resonates with the properties and the colours of malachite and captures the deep and aromatic greens of the forests of the Ural. The unique character of this creation in which Lavender and Oakmoss reign, with a very rare Bourbon Geranium, is resolutely modern on its base of Musk. Like the brush strokes of an artist, the herbs, the woods and the musk recall the palette of the multitude of shades of brilliant, masculine and sensual green of the Malachite.

Bulgari Ambero

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The Vetiver root securely anchors ‘Ambero’ to the depths of the ear th and the shores of the Levant. Through spicy, rounded, unctuous and slightly ambery notes, the Perfumer presents a very different and contemporary interpretation of Vetiver with a warm, dense and voluptuous hear t which recalls that of Amber. It has a unique orientalism, to which Olibanum incense adds an extremely elegant character. Together it creates an ear thy, surprising and resolutely modern perfume.

Bulgari Tygar

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Bulgari ‘Tygar’ is a fragrance with incomparable brightness and a very strong personality. Around an explosive Grapefruit, an accord of deep woods and Ambrox captures the duality and the exceptional energies of the Tiger’s Eye. The first impression and impact is surprising. The base is dense, but still contains light and energy. The creation of this Ambery Citrus – the most Italian of the collection and a perfume with a strong identity – was a tremendous challenge for Jacques Cavallier: a new and dazzling contrast between Grapefruit with its freshness and light and the darker and more ear thy amber note of Ambrox, in a dosage which is unique on the market. ‘Tygar’ evokes sparkling and sophisticated virility.

 

 

 

 

Bulgari unveils the Zaha Hadid B.zero 1 collection

 

Two iconic names have come together to offer a new masterclass interpretation of a beloved jewellery line.

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Bvlgari has unveiled its new B.zero 1 ring, created in collaboration with the late starchitect Zaha Hadid. The latest addition to the iconic collection reflects both Hadid’s visionary stylings – geometric and fluid lines – and the maison’s unmistakable bold design elements. It features the quintessential BVLGARI engraving on two thick bands that are connected through a series of thinner strips that intersect and flow with one another, creating a sense of elegant fluidity.

Watch a video of the stunning new ring now…

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December Birthstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon

The three birthstones associated with December are Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise

Turquoise

The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin’s egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent  to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays.

14 Karat White Gold, Turquoise, Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace-Brooch

A vintage 14kt white gold, turquoise, emerald, blue sapphire and diamond necklace, the clasp of which can be worn as a brooch.

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Vintage Cartier turquoise and diamond ring, circa 1950’s

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An 18kt white gold, platinum, turquoise and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels

GE1305-284Fabulous vintage Cartier turquoise and diamond bracelet, circa 1960’s

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Tiffany & Co. Tassels necklace with turquoise stones and round diamonds set in yellow gold and platinum, inspired by an original design by Jean Schlumberger.

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An 18 karat gold, platinum, turquoise, ruby and diamond necklace by Bulgari

Although its popularity fluctuates in fashion, it is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest.

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Tanzanite

Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this color.  Colors range from blue to purple, and tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices.

As tanzanite can be less expensive than sapphire, it often was purchased as an alternative.  However, it has increased in popularity and now is valued more for its own beauty and brilliance than as a sapphire substitute

Zircon

Derived from the Arabic words zar and gun, meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized color). For many years colorless zircon was used to imitate diamonds.  Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.

 

Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia, and the southern part of Vietnam.

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November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Two gems are appropriate for November birthdays, Topaz and Citrine.

Topaz

Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones.

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Cushion Swiss blue topaz, diamond cocktail ring set in 14k white gold

Blue topaz engagement rings have traditionally been believed to encourage clear, calm communication, personal growth and the desire to learn. Since communication is key in any marriage, it’s clear to see why topaz might be a wise choice for your engagement ring. November’s birthstone is naturally formed in a wide variety of colors and intensities, so it’s likely you’ll find the perfect gemstone ring for you.

Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones

Citrine

Citrine, the other birthstone for November is known as the ‘healing quartz’. This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. Citrine is – still – highly populair by todays and yesterdays Maisons like Boucheron, Bvlgari, Rene Boivin, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Maubouchin, and Poiray.

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Unique Art Deco ‘Mystery’ clock by Cartier in onyx, mother of pearl, coral, and jade with ‘floating’ diamond hands set in a large emerald cut citrine set in 18k yellow gold.

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels yellow gold citrine Art Deco style ring

 

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Citrine can be found in a variety of shades ranging from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is one of the most affordable of gemstones and plentiful in nature.

Citrine is found most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain.

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The Supreme Temptation Bulgari Rose Goldea

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Bulgari Unveils Rose Goldea – The New Tribute to Femininity: A Bold Jewel of Seduction, The Supreme Temptation. During Bulgari’s journey in the olfactory world, a new tribute to femininity comes alive through a blend of passionate rose and sophisticated musks; it is the Rose Goldea fragrance.

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The desire to seduce is intensified with a design inspired by the Roman house’s iconic Serpenti, while the scent reveals the presence of a sensually strong woman. Diving more into history, this fragrance speaks to a modern-day version of ancient Egyptian women, whose beauty rituals consisted of drenching their garments with perfumes and wearing necklaces that featured aromatic seeds.

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Explaining the vision behind Rose Goldea, Master-Perfumer Alberto Morillas says: “Creating Rose Goldea has been an extraordinary adventure because we wanted to interpret the emotional dimensions of one delicate flower: Damascena rose, the most prestigious of roses. The fraction I used of Damascena rose actually doesn’t smell like a classic rose: here, I wanted to illustrate the very natural freshness, youthfulness and luminosity of the flower with the more translucent notes of musk. Rose Goldea is the eternal essence of femininity with an extension of Goldea in the fullness of its musky notes – it is a different facet of the same woman. It embodies royalty and gold, and reflects a woman who is almost unattainable. Yet at the same time she is also fulfilled at home, in her garden or on her royal boat, like an enamored version of Cleopatra. Rose Goldea evokes the eternal beauty that all women even to this day pursue, bringing associations of nature and freshness into a very contemporary and feminine trail”.

 

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A spell-binding aura of Rose and white Musks, signed by Master – Perfumer Alberto Morillas, an unique olfactory creation generously set with natural ingredients of which the crown jewel is the Rose.

A bath of sensual white musk, precious Damask Rose Absolute and Jasmine from Egypt and the seductiveness and refinement of White Incense encased in delicately scented Sandalwood. Pomegranate comes together with the precious extract of rose petals, sensual musks, Damascena Rose Absolute, Grandiflorum, Jasmine Absolute, sandalwood milk and essence of white incense in a bottle adorned with shades of gold and hints of rose.

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Bulgari Rose Goldea an Eau de Parfum born of the subtle alliance of the captivating Rose flower and the precious Gold.

Reserved for Bulgari’s stunning jewelry pieces, the signature rose gold reveals a woman’s beauty, elegance and perfection. It embodies the bronze shades of the sun that invade the sky at the sunset, just like Rose Goldea’s scent that takes over a woman’s being.

Bulgari Rose Goldea, comes as Eau de Parfum in two sizes; 50 ml & 90 ml

 

October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal

October is another month with two birthstone choices, Tourmaline and Opal

Tourmaline

Tourmaline has become a favorite gemstone among jewelry designer, and gem collectors the world over. Since it is available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone’s taste. Tourmaline also is known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone.  These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized.

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Bvlgari Costa Smeralda necklace, set with rubellites, peridots, garnets, diamonds.

One multi-color variety is known as watermelon tourmaline, and features green, pink, and white colors bands; to resemble its namesake, the gemstone is cut into thin slices having a pink center, white ring, and green edge.

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2014-11-12-leviev-high-jewelry-slideshow-opener3Leviev carved , watermelon tourmaline and diamond ring.

In this one-of-a-kind statement piece the breathtaking skill and artistic instincts of Leviev’s master jewelers are on full display. Handcrafted in 18-karat white gold, watermelon tourmaline is transformed into a stunning botanical form, seamlessly carved to create startlingly lifelike texture and a gorgeous sheen. At the center, a single rose-cut diamond and an array of smaller round-cut diamonds fan out with astonishing brilliance, while the underside is embellished with pavé for an unexpected dose of shine. Boasting 55.5 carats of diamonds and countless hours of craftsmanship, this museum-worthy piece is a priceless addition to any jewelry collection.

Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA.

Opal

The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning ‘to see a change (of color)’.  Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal’s beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background.

cartier-platinum-ete-indien-ringCartier platinum Été Indien ring from the Étourdissant high jewellery collection featuring a 4.18ct oval-shaped, cabochon-cut opal, carved mandarin garnets, carved garnets, mandarin garnet beads, round-cut tsavorite garnets, and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature’s heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals.

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Erica Courtney Cupcake Ring features a 7.41-carat Brazilian crystal opal with a diamond surround set in 18k gold

Of all the precious gemstones, opal is perhaps the most alluring.  A unique mixture of silica and varying amounts of water, opal’s brilliant play of color is the result of tiny silicon spheres measuring several hundred nanometers in diameter, the same width as the wavelength of visible light. What makes an opal precious and another nonprecious is how those spheres are organized:

The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

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Goshwara opal bead 12 strand tassel ‘Art Deco style’ earrings in 18k with diamonds and onyx 

Once considered the most prized precious stones by European royals, opals were traditionally given as favors in the 1800s.  Even Napoleon adored the stone, giving his wife, Josephine, a vivid red opal weighing roughly 140 grams.  The first opal to be named, ‘The Burning of Troy’ was aptly labeled since Napoleon had said that he gave her this stone because she was his Helen.  In spite of such royal favor, the opal is the only one thought to bring bad luck. This notion swept the opinions of nineteenth-century Europe after the great success of the ghost novel ‘Anne of Geierstein’ by Sir Walter Scott, in which a drop of holy water turns a supernatural opal talisman into a common pebble and soon after which the heroine dies.  So convinced of this superstition was Princess Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, that when Queen Victoria died, the new queen removed the ‘unlucky opals’ from the diamond and opal tiara her mother-in-law had commissioned and replaced them with rubies from Ceylon, which remain there today.

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Quite possibly the most famous opal in history was owned by a Roman senator named Nonius in 35 BC. Originating from the mines of Czernowitza, the only source for opals at the time, the fabled stone was only the size of a hazelnut yet was valued at two million sesterces, or enough to buy a villa in a nice part of Rome. So obsessed with the stone was Mark Antony that the amount of pressure he applied to Nonius, who had no intentions to part with the stone, to sell it to him caused Nonius to self-imposed exile, leaving behind all his property and taking only his precious opal. Even Pliny, the famous Roman author, called opal a gemstone which combines the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones: the fine sparkle of Almandine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow of Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire, so that all colours shine and sparkle together in a beautiful combination.

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Today, roughly 97% of opals come from Australia, and of all the opal produced in the world 60% is white opal, 30% is crystal opal, 8% black opal and 2% boulder opal. The town of Coober Pedy, which means ‘white man in a hole’ in Aborigine, produces a major amount of opal, however, the mines in Mintabie and Lightning Ridge produce the rarer, more valuable black opal. The ‘white’ or ‘black’ of an opal refers to the stone’s body color on which the ‘flashes of light and color’ play, with the black offering the most brilliant play of color. Much detail has gone into valuing black opals, even so far as differentiating the seemingly endless types of patterns. The more vivacious and bright the play of color, the more valuable the opal.

In honor of October’s birthstone, I have put together some of the most beautiful opals ever seen and the most famous ones ever recorded.  Consider this my birthday gift to all those born in the month of October.