Whether steeply sloping or gracefully curved, the contours of modernity signal purity, unblemished by gimmicky gesture or fussy decoration. Being modern means, to some extent, showing yourself to the world. Example: Bulgari’s new three-ring necklace, which evokes the 1980s, an era of exceptional postmodern verve, but also the otherworldly ornament of Cleopatra’s Egypt. The focus is on three monumental, semi-round and translucent stones – luscious tourmalines in pomegranate pink and palm green and a light Caribbean blue aquamarine – cabochon cut, a prehistoric lapidary technique that enhances colors which, although it feels forever contemporary, is actually earlier faceted designs. Mounted on a rose gold frame crafted in the house’s proto-industrial style – an unwelded flexible spiral inspired by early 20th century underground gas pipes – the piece has a futuristic flair: the perfect amulet to encircle the neck of a superhero of all times, but especially our own. Price on request, (800) 285-4274.
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