If you have been moved by Lorenzo Bernini’s dramatic sculptures or the extravagant splendour of the Palace of Versailles, you have experienced the emotional power of art and architecture of the Baroque period. Lasting from the early 17th century to the 1740s, the Baroque era followed the Renaissance period and is often seen as a reaction to the rules and order of that preceding age.
Roman jeweller Bulgari‘s latest high jewellery collection, Barocko, takes its inspiration from iconic Baroque works in the Eternal City: These include Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Sant’Agnese in Agone church, the Horti Farnesiani complex on the Palatine Hill and the bronze statue of the Archangel Michael at the Castel Sant’Angelo papal fortress.
The Barocko collection reflects the dramatic grandeur and dynamic lines of the artistic style, and mixes it up with Bulgari’s bold and colourful approach to design. Every piece is a delight to behold: One of the highlights is the Lady Arabesque necklace, which combines pink and violet sapphires sourced in Sri Lanka with Paraiba tourmalines, emeralds, as well as round and drop diamonds. Elsewhere, striking gemstones and precious metals meet in statement pieces that will put a smile on any jewellery fan’s face. Check out a few of our favourites below.