Give in to temptation with Bulgari Eden, the Jardin des Merveilles Collection

Above: The new Spinel Charm necklace.

Few species have sustained centuries of intrigue quite like the snake. In all cultures, it represents fertility, wisdom, rebirth, danger and temptation. These last two qualities can be particularly tempting when it comes to objects, prompting one to step out on a proverbial branch and indulge in something shiny, new, and perhaps a little out of reach.

It would be impossible to see Bulgari Eden, the garden of wonders, again and not feel the same. The brand has been synonymous with serpentine designs for over eight decades, and this latest collection of fine jewelry and watches, boasts over 140 unique pieces that nod to many of the aforementioned attributes, resulting in an aesthetic. adrenaline rush.

The Serpenti Viper bracelet, an archival style.

Courtesy of Bulgari

Take, for example, the 32 carats of brilliant round diamonds and onyx inserts, set in white gold in a scale-like pattern, that make up the Spinel Charm necklace. Depending on perspective, its head and tail embrace or have ensnared an eight-carat oval-cut pinkish-red Tanzanian spinel, a stone associated with passion and devotion. The effect is very come here; consider us in temptation.

A reason in brief

Loaded with symbolism and easily adaptable to flights of decorative whimsy, the humble serpent has appeared on design objects and inspired their form for millennia, from Victorian Wedgwood vases to mid-20th century sofas. Here, two other favorites from history.

Victorian wine pitcher, ca. 1866

The Victorians knew that nothing better compensates for a silver vessel engraved with a Greek key rim, shards of wandering stars and a vacant cartouche than a handful of intertwined serpent.

silver wine pitcher with stars engraved on it and a silver snake intertwined from the lip in the center to become the handle and a small butterfly delicately perched on the rim of the pitcher


Plaque with the Visconti Arms, ca. 1480-1500

This glazed earthenware plate depicts a dragon-headed creature, known as a biscione (big serpent), devouring a young boy. It was a heraldic symbol of the ruling family of the Duchy of Milan.

plaque with dark blue and orange waves around the outer perimeter and a blue snake horribly devouring a red-haired baby


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This story originally appeared in the September 2022 issue of ELLE DECOR. SUBSCRIBE

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