In 1884, Greek jeweler Sotirios Boulgaris opened a shop on Via Sistina in Rome. This was the second shop Boulgaris, the founder of Bulgari, ever opened. His first venture into jewelry was a store in his home town of Paramythia, Greece, which can still be seen today.

Onyx Bulgari Bulgari 'Tubogas' ring Onyx Bulgari Bulgari 'Tubogas' ring

Sotirios Boulgaris store in Rome Sotirios Boulgaris store in Rome

Along with his sons, Costantino and Giorgio, Sotiros built up a family empire in jewelry and luxury goods which is as strong today as it has ever been. Bulgari’s designs do not shy away from being bold, the strong, architectural lines include interlocking steel and link motifs.

original-21 Pair of diamond and emerald earrings by Bulgari

Swedish film star Ingrid Bergman wearing a Bulgari necklace, earrings and hair piece Swedish film star Ingrid Bergman wearing a Bulgari necklace, earrings and hair piece

The most desired pieces of jewelry by Bulgari have sold in excess of $16 million at Christie's, with several pieces also having sold for $2 million and above at Sotheby's most prestigious jewelry auctions. Search more realized prices for Bulgari here.

Bulgari 'Parentesi' ring Bulgari 'Parentesi' ring

Italian actress and icon Gina Lollobrigida wearing the Bulgari Seven Wonders emerald necklace, complete with matching emerald earrings, at the 1966 Corbis Monaco Ball Italian actress and icon Gina Lollobrigida wearing the Bulgari Seven Wonders emerald necklace, complete with matching emerald earrings, at the 1966 Corbis Monaco Ball

Bulgari a pair of onyx 'Quadrato' cufflinks Bulgari a pair of onyx 'Quadrato' cufflinks

All pieces featured will be part of Fellows' Antique & Modern Jewelry sale on November 9, 2017. Check out more here.

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