The jewelry creations of Bulgari are distinctive and matchless, set apart by the seemingly fearless embrace of unexpected juxtapositions – such as nontraditional jewelry materials like porcelain, steel and silk with precious stones – and its pursuit of avant-garde design. Founded in 1884 by Greek silversmith Sotirios Bulgari in Rome, Italy, Bulgari was soon considered exemplary of Italian craftsmanship and excellence through its dazzling jewelry collections, which were particularly sought after by European travelers undertaking the time-honored Grand Tour. The second generation of the Bulgari family sought to turn their attention solely to the production of fine, luxury jewelry, a decision that ultimately propelled it to the world-renowned luxury brand it is today. The 1940s saw the emergence of what is now considered the true Bulgari style, which often employs a serpent or serpentine motif, favoring warm and vibrant colors and arguably culminating in the vivid chromatic color schemes of pieces made in the 1950s, achieved through arrangements of precious and colored stones. The cabochon specifically has recurred throughout much of Bulgari’s collections, a reference to the historic domes of Rome and the colors of Italy, a subliminal homage to the brand’s heritage.