Bulgari celebrated the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra at the Cannes Film Festival! Following a screening of the epic movie, the famed jewelry brand hosted a reception that showcased the famous collection of jewels star Elizabeth Taylor wore and received during filming (many as gifts from Richard Burton). Jessica Chastain (in Givenchy) was among the guests invited to view the baubles, which included Taylor’s emerald and diamond brooch, snake wrap bracelet, and beautiful hand mirror (shown). Click to see more parties at Cannes.
Bravo, Jessica Chastain! The actress celebrated the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra by watching the classic at a screening during the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, and after the showing, she teamed up with Bulgari to host a private reception where the Bulgari jewels Elizabeth Taylor wore in the film went on display. With that great honor comes great perks, including being able to wear one of the late legend’s pieces. She picked this Bulgari sapphire and diamond masterpiece. The stunning jewel is over 29 inches long. The sugarloaf cabochon at the center of the design is 52.72 carats. It was one of several stunning jewels Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor for her 40th birthday. “I introduced her to beer and she introduced me to Bulgari,” Burton joked years later of his Bulgari shopping trips with Taylor. Gorgeous, don’t you think?
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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Cleopatra, Bulgari co-hosted a screening of the film at the Cannes Film Festival and a reception where several of Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari jewels were on display. And five decades later, absolutely everything about Cleopatra is still epic. When it debuted in 1963, the full-theatrical length was just over four hours, having filmed for three years in Rome at a ballooned budget of $42 million—equivalent to about $300 million today. Without question the most dramatic aspect of the film’s history is that it was the setting where Elizabeth Taylor fell for her leading man Richard Burton. When news of the affair broke, photos of the couple kissing were plastered all over the press. Privately, the couple celebrated their love with extravagant tokens of affection at the celebrated Italian jeweler Bulgari. Years later, Burton recalled these shopping excursions with humor: “I introduced her to beer and she introduced me to Bulgari.” Click through to see a few of our favorite pieces.
— Marion Fasel
After the runways close for the night, the parties heat up during New York Fashion Week! Shailene Woodley made her way to the Hotel on Rivington to join Christian Siriano‘s after-party, Jaime King showed her support for Prabal Gurung at the private dinner at The James Hotel, and Bulgari spokeswoman Julianne Moore feted the Chinese Year of the Snake at the brand’s glittery private new year’s bast, complete with gold-encrusted fortune cookies. See more fashion celebrations in the gallery!
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, retailers continue to spread the season’s cheer with festive window displays. Club Monaco created an old-meets-new feel at its Fifth Avenue store by juxtaposing the merchandise with antique items such as old maps, telescopes and frames, while Bulgari decorated its storefront with an illuminated installation of a serpent, the house’s symbol. Giant trees are also lighting up the New York City, starting with the 55-foot Norway spruce that went aglow in Bryant Park. Click through the gallery to see more!
What a show! Madonna scored big with her half-time show during last night’s Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Her 12-minute set—in which she dressed in head-to-toe Givenchy, Bulgari earrings, and a Philip Treacy headdress—included some of her biggest hits, like “Vogue,” “Music,” “Express Yourself,” mixed in with her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’” featuring cheerleaders M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, and even a Material Girl-remix of “Party Rock Anthem” with LMFAO. For her finale, she performed “Like a Prayer,” joined by a choir and Cee Lo Green. “People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna,” said Givenchy Haute Couture designer Riccardo Tisci, who created all of her looks for the show. So, what did you think? Total touchdown?! (And, oh yeah, the Giants won.) See more amazing moments from Madonna’s Super Bowl half-time show in the gallery!
We know the mega engagement rings celebrities get, but what about you? We asked top jewelry designers to reveal their bestselling sparklers of 2011, and the results are fascinating. From classic solitaires to micropave bands, all of the pieces are eye-popping and utterly romantic. See the top-selling rings from Harry Winston, Neil Lane, Cartier, and more in the gallery now!
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While Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary jewelry collection included many multi-million dollar designs, the actress also amassed all kinds of gorgeous pieces for far less than seven figures—and many of them are going up for auction online starting tomorrow. From December 3rd through December 17th, christies.com will put 621 jewels from her estate up for bidding online without a reserve—which means no starting price point, making them potentially within reach for Taylor fans on almost any budget. The online sale includes pieces from big designers names Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, as well as some of the best designers working today, Stephen Webster, Loree Rodkin, Stephen Dweck and Me & Ro. Many of these designer items are not fully described in the sale materials, though we have confirmed the identity of designers and added several of the background stories here. See our 25 favorite pieces in the gallery now.
— Marion Fasel