BVLGARI SERPENTI PHOTOGRAPHED BY IRVING PENN FOR VOGUE, APRIL 1971


 

Bulgari's most recognizable symbols, the serpenti remains a highly coveted jewel for today's jewelry collectors. While a fair number of its original watch-bracelets have recently come up for auction or appeared on the market, the emergence of a serpenti necklace-belt version is a veritable rarity in the world of vintage jewelry. 

The first iterations of the serpenti were made solely in yellow gold, their heads and tails coated with diamonds. Of these early examples, elizabeth taylor's watch-bracelet, which she was famously captured wearing on the set of cleopatra in 1962, is the most extraordinary.