Bvlgari Roma 1970 Monete 162 BC Coin Bracelet In 18Kt Yellow Gold With 4 Pink Tourmalines
A Monete bracelet designed by Bvlgari.
An conic and popular piece created in Rome, Italy by the house of Bvlgari, back in the 1970's. This rare Monete bracelet has been crafted, with classic Greek-revival patterns in solid yellow gold of 18 karats, with high polished finish. It is composed by a twisted oval wire of 4.5 mm, with a mounting element holding a genuine ancient Greek coin and suited with a discrete hook clasp as a closure system.
Embellished, with 4 round cabochon cuts of 3 mm of natural pink tourmaline, with a total of 0.40 carats.
The coin is a genuine Drachm (17.1 mm) of 4.05 Grams, from the ancient Greek, Seleucid kingdom of Syria, struck in the name of the king Demeter Soter I, 162-150 BC.
Obverse description: The diademed head of Demetrios (Demeter) facing to the to right.
Reverse description: Legends in fields, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗTΡΙΟΥ ΣΩTHPOΣ Cornucopia to right; below, two monograms above AΞP, Antioch on-the-Orontes, year AΞP (161) = 152-1.
Have a total weight of 35.9 Grams and fit a wrist up to 6.5 Inches (17 Cm). The measures of the main element is 20 mm by 31 mm (0.78 x 1.18 Inches).
Stamped, with the maker's mark, the Italian gold assay hallmarks, the coin origin description and signed in full, "BVLGARI ROMA 385 .750 SIRIA DEMETRIO I 162-150 BC".
Numismatist literature: HGC 9, 806. SC 1642.3d. SMA 120.
Note: Rare and very unusual piece.
Bvlgari, was founded in the late 19th century by Sotirio Bulgari, who was born in 1857 in Greece and was descended from a talented family of silversmiths. In 1884 he opened his first shop in Rome on the Via Sistina, and then in 1905 he moved to the actual flag's store in Via dei Condotti. Upon Sotirio’s death in 1932 his sons, Giorgio and Costantino, took over the business. They are credited with creating the highly distinctive ‘Bvlgari’ style, inspired by Greek and Roman classicism revival, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th century Roman school of goldsmiths. The 1970s marked the beginning of Bulgari’s international expansion with the opening of stores in New York (the first overseas), Paris, Geneva and Monte Carlo.
Monete Jewels by Bulgari
The practice of mounting coins for wear as jewelry has a long history dating back to ancient Roman times. Coins were not only minted as a unit of value for transactions, but the images appearing on them could be symbols of power, sometimes talismanic, and could represent alliances between countries. Nicola Bulgari, grandson of the founder of the firm, who developed an interest in coin collecting, can be credited as the “influencer” who was responsible for the launch of Bulgari’s modern tradition of mounting ancient coins in the mid-1960s. The use of ancient Greek and Roman coins also forged a firm connection with Bulgari’s proud Hellenic and Roman cultural heritage. Coins used in Bulgari jewels date from the 5th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D., depending in part on what is available in the market. Each coin has been thoroughly researched and the reverse of each mounting is inscribed with the name of the individual or region featured and the year of issue, inscribed in Roman font. Coins with irregular contours are mounted in such a way that the integrity of the coin is uncompromised; the mounting follows the shape of the coin so not to diminish its numismatic value. The scholarly aspect of Bulgari’s “Gemme Nummarie” (coin gems, derived from Latin), sets them above all imitators. Also referred to as simply “Monete” (coins, in Italian), Bulgari coin jewels can bestow status upon the wearer and be the source of stimulating intellectual conversation, but most importantly they show great respect for tradition while successfully linking antiquity with the present. (From Sotheby's with thanks).
Note: The coin is of collectable numismatist interest, with a beautiful portrait in high relief, well centered strike and with great patina.
Collateral: It is accompanied by a presentation jewelry box.
Condition: The overall condition of this bracelet is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold. The gemstones and the coin are secured in the settings. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: B0000EOEN/.8629