The Power Of Gemstones

Lucia Silvestri, Bvlgari’s jewellery creative director, says gems are linked to love and shares why jewellery makes a good investment.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

How she would describe her style

Colourful, cheerful, sober, feminine, and at the same time, classic.

The watch and jewellery she wears every day

My must-have is the Serpenti watch in pink gold and black ceramic. And I always have lots of jewellery on me: bracelets that I never take off, including an iconic one from the B.Zero1 Zaha Hadid collection, and a tubogas Monete KWONGchoker. When I am in the office, I do change my necklaces every day, sometimes wearing and appreciating our High Jewellery creations while at my workspace.

Her current favourite jewellery

A pair of stud earrings with diamonds and emerald.

Her go-to jewellery

Bracelets – large and small. I can wear up to 10 bracelets at a time! I like to wear tennis bracelets with coloured sapphires as I find them cheerful, fun and feminine, and of course, I also like to mix them.What she wears off-duty On weekends, I tend to dress more casually, but one thing is a constant – heels!

What she looks for when buying jewellery

What’s important to me in jewellery, even when I create it, is its wearability. The same thing applies when I buy it – it must be versatile enough for both day and night.

Her favourite brands

I really like Alberta Ferretti and Giambattista Valli – they’re contemporary and high quality, and above all, have a style that is always renewed. For day, I like to mix brands. I do not follow a stylist and I do not follow fashion trends. I buy what I like and that makes me feel at ease. I also like the eclectic work of (Italian artist-designer) Cleto Munari.

Her biggest splurge

Most definitely, my beloved gemstones.

Her first watch

A small Bvlgari watch, a collaboration with Baume & Mercier, that my parents gave me for my First Communion.Why people are sentimental about jewellery There is always a story behind it. That, for me, is always linked to love or a loved one – a friend, a family member or even yourself.

Why jewellery is a good investment

Precious and top quality stones like those used in Bvlgari’s (designs) have become increasingly rare and precious, so I believe that they will hold their value.

Her hopes for 2021

Returning to my “former” life: travelling, which is my source of inspiration; relating to my team in the office; and no longer seeing the social distancing –though we still have to pay close attention to that today of course.

My Reading Room

Serpenti black ceramic, rose gold and diamond watch, Bvlgari

My Reading Room

B.Zero1 Zaha Hadid rose gold bangle, Bvlgari

My Reading Room

Tubogas Monete rose gold and diamond choker, Bvlgari