Bulgari is one of the oldest European jewelery makes that is known today. The House of Bvlgari was founded by Sotirio Bulgari who moved to Italy from Greece in late 19th century. Sotirio gave a company his own name, only swapping "u" to "v" to enhance the Green origin of the name. Some sources say that Sotirio learned the art of jewelery making from his family that operated goldsmith business in Greece between fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The family is also known to have Bulgarian background, hence is the name Bulgari.
Sotirio moved to Rome from Greece in 1880 with only few cents in the pocket. His first jobs were in jewelery local stores where he showcased his goldsmith skills. He opened his first store in 1884. He chose Greek and Roman art as primary base to the style of his products. This style is easily recognizable in his products even presently. Sotirio had two sons - Constantino and Giorgio who took over the family business once father stepped down. They spend their lives to growing the family brand to another level. Francesco Trapani is a representative of fourth generation of Bulgari Italian family, he is a current manager of the company.
Bulgaris are great citizens of their community. They proven their humanism during the World War II by saving three women from Nazis in 1943 when they hid them in their home. 3 women were running away from Nazis and happen to knock at the door of Constantiono, Sotirio's son. Constantino and his wive Laura disregarded Mussolini law and let women while jeopardizing their own safety. Jews were close colleagues of Bulgari as jewelery business was a cultural among Jews for centuries across Europe.
Currently Bvlgari counts 230 stores across the world. In addition to wide variety of jewelery products this luxurious brand also carries accessories, handbags, glasses and sunglasses, watches and hotels. Since it's one of the most expensive brands many of celebrities are permanent customers. Elizabeth Taylor - one of the very first celebrities loves Bvlgari. Her friends even laughed that the only word she knows in Italian is "Bvlgari". Her $20 million engagement ring from Richard Burton was showcased oat Bvlgari 125th anniversary exhibition.
Blvgari style is easily identifiable by its rounded shapes and lavish decorations of a high quality diamonds and coloured gems. Over the years it used Greek, Roman, Italian, Persian and Art Deco cultures as inspirations of various collections.
Sunglasses and glasses from Bvlgari today will make an amazing purchase. If you don't have anything from this brand yet, these items will get you in. For a fraction of the cost, mainly due to the distribution model that sells glasses through optical stores as oppose to Bvlgari boutiques only, you can get a true Bvlgari jewelery item in a form of eyeglasses to go with your luxurious ear rings, purse and watch.
Some of Bvlgari sunglasses are presented for your view here:
|Bvlgari BV8056B||Bvlgari BV6029B|
|Bvlgari BV8035||Bvlgari BV8068BA|