In 1884, Greek jeweller 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 jewellery was a store in his home town of Paramythia, Greece, which can still be seen today.

original-20 Onyx Bulgari Bulgari 'Tubogas' ring

diamonds-shop Sotirios Boulgaris store in Rome

Along with his sons, Costantino and Giorgio, Sotiros built up a family empire in jewellery 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

ingrid_bergman_wearing_bulgari.jpg__760x0_q75_crop-scale_subsampling-2_upscale-false Swedish film star Ingrid Bergman wearing a Bulgari necklace, earrings and hair piece

The most desired pieces of jewellery by Bulgari have sold in excess of £12 million at Christie's, with several pieces also having sold for £1 million and above at Sotheby's most prestigious jewellery auctions. Search more realised prices for Bulgari here.

original-19 Bulgari 'Parentesi' ring

gina_lollobrigida_wearing_bulgari_1966_corbis_monaco_ball.jpg__760x0_q75_crop-scale_subsampling-2_upscale-false Italian actress and icon Gina Lollobrigida wearing the Bulgari Seven Wonders emerald necklace, complete with matching emerald earrings, at the 1966 Corbis Monaco Ball

original-22 Bulgari a pair of onyx 'Quadrato' cufflinks

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