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An exhibit of Bulgari masterpieces leaves no stone unturned

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It’s been said that celebrities are the modern equivalent of royalty, and if that’s true, then the best place to see the crown jewels is at this month’s Bulgari exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. Though the Italian jeweler has been operating since the late 1800s, the brand arguably reached the height of its popularity during the dolce vita era of the 1960s—when movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman crawled the Italian countryside like so many ants on a wedge of Pecorino. Elizabeth Taylor loved the jeweler so much that her husband Richard Burton once said that “Bulgari” was the only word she knew in Italian. Several pieces from Taylor’s estate will appear at the exhibit, including these three must-sees. SEPT. 21

Emerald and Diamond Necklace, 1962:
Given to Taylor as a wedding gift from Richard Burton, the necklace was subsequently expanded to include a reset brooch from the couple’s engagement.

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Tremblant Brooch, 1960:
Taylor was one of the last actresses to wear her own jewelry in her films. This spring-set brooch appeared in Boom! and The V.I.P.s.

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The Mystery Mirror, 1962:
No one’s sure how this gold and turquoise mirror came to be in Taylor’s collection. It may have been a gift from 20th Century Fox for her starring turn in Cleopatra.

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