For more than a century, jewellery from the House of Bulgari have been distinguished for its colour, texture, and romantic appeal. What started as a small jewellery shop in Rome has grown into an esteemed manufacturer of dazzling pieces and haute creations that sent even Hollywood celebrities into a frenzy. As it turns another year older, the House of Bulgari continues to produce the finest pieces of jewellery and timepieces for everyone.

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Humble Beginnings

The marks of craftsmanship that distinguished Bulgari from other jewellery brands are often attributed to its Greek ancestral roots, with the Voulgaris family of silversmiths specialising in the creation of Byzantine-style art pieces. Originating from a small village in the Pindus mountain range, the Voulgaris family were all adept in making different silver crafts, including earrings and belts. This inherent skill was eventually passed to Sotirio, who happened to be an entrepreneur himself.

After relocating to Rome, Sotirio opened his first jewellery shop to immense success. As his business grew, he Italianised his name into “Bulgari” and opened another store after a decade. Throughout the century, the family-owned Bulgari brand has been renowned for their expertise in gemstone collection, an expert eye for design, and a precise knack for business.

Famous Fans

It was often told that “Bulgari” was the only Italian word actress Elizabeth Taylor knows. Taylor was amongst the biggest fans of the esteemed jewellery brand, and it was even reported that she had her own room at the Via Condotti boutique just to try one some of their jewels. Aside from Taylor, icons like Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Julianne Moore have all been bedecked with the illustrious gems from Bulgari.

Countless leading men were also captivated by the beauty of these pieces. Eddie Fisher, Kirk Douglas, and Richard Burton all went for Bulgari pieces as gift for their beloveds, whilst Andy Warhol never missed the chance to visit the store in Rome. Warhol even dubbed the House of Bulgari the “best exhibition of contemporary art.”

Bulgari Today

What is the secret to Bulgari’s continuous appeal? Some experts point it to its inimitable yet timeless style, along with its prominent use of large gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Others attribute the brand’s beauty to its ability to combine colour, creativity, and craftsmanship into every piece.

Whatever the secret is, there’s no doubt that pieces from the House of Bulgari is among the best that jewellers in Reading can offer. Take a look at some of its exquisite collections, or even take one home today, by visiting the online shop of Jacobs.


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