Bulgari is marking the Platinum Jubilee with a unique high jewellery set. The spectacular Jubilee Emerald Garden collection, encompassing a tiara and high jewellery watch, is a celebration of both highly skilled craftsmanship and Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

An intricate, 63.44ct Zambian emerald sits at the tiara’s centre; carved with a lotus flower in a feat of technical engineering, it is the culmination of over 1,500 hours’ work by a master goldsmith. Surrounded by a boutique of diamonds and emeralds that bloom around the main stone, it is set into platinum in an appropriate nod to the Jubilee.

emerald necklace

‘This high jewellery creation represents an homage to celebrate the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II,’ says Bulgari high jewellery creative director Lucia Silvestri. ‘I was inspired by the Queen, and by her historic admiration of emeralds, to design a piece centred around this striking carved emerald, which showcases Bulgari’s mastery in craftsmanship and creativity.’

The tiara, like many of Bulgari’s jewels, is completely transformable, and can also be worn as a necklace. It sits alongside a high jewellery watch in white gold, with Zambian emeralds, round brilliant-cut diamonds and pavé diamonds teased into playful fan-like silhouettes, encircling a dial studded in snow-set diamonds.

diamond watch

The Jubilee Emerald Garden set is the latest jewellery suite with a design that directly pays tribute to powerful women, with Grace Kelly, Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Rania of Jordan and Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren all particular inspirations for the Italian house in the past. Their appreciation of emeralds, nodded to in this set, promises to continue to be a feature in the future, with the one-of-a-kind pieces offering a teasing glimpse into what we can expect from Bulgari’s upcoming high jewellery emerald collection. §