MAKER SPOTLIGHT

MARINA B

Easy Glamour

Marina Bulgari (b.1930) is recognized as one of the most significant and influential women in the world of jewelry. She was born into a storied family. Her grandfather founded the legendary house of Bulgari and Marina began her career working at the Rome flagship store. Upon completing her university studies in art and mathematics she returned to the company and began contributing her first jewelry designs. After her father’s death, there was a falling out between the next generation regarding the direction of the brand so Marina decided to strike out on her own.






The first Marina B boutique opened in Geneva in 1978. Her understanding of gems, proportion and, most important, the jewelry that women wanted to wear, contributed to her almost instantaneous success. Free to create as she pleased, she designed bold pieces that combined innovative techniques with timeless style. Always experimental, she invented her own gemstone cuts and devised intricate reversible pendants and interchangeable ear drops to offer her customers both flexibility and versatility. More than anything, she recognized that modern women were buying jewelry for themselves, and not just for special occasions. Marina’s pieces reflected the new sense of offhand glamour and ease of wear. “I like jewelry that conforms to the body. My chokers, my bracelets must fit like clothes,” she said at the time.

The first Marina B boutique opened in Geneva in 1978. Her understanding of gems, proportion and, most important, the jewelry that women wanted to wear, contributed to her almost instantaneous success. Free to create as she pleased, she designed bold pieces that combined innovative techniques with timeless style. Always experimental, she invented her own gemstone cuts and devised intricate reversible pendants and interchangeable ear drops to offer her customers both flexibility and versatility. More than anything, she recognized that modern women were buying jewelry for themselves, and not just for special occasions. Marina’s pieces reflected the new sense of offhand glamour and ease of wear. “I like jewelry that conforms to the body. My chokers, my bracelets must fit like clothes,” she said at the time.

Marina B Orange Sapphire and Diamond Cuf Ear Clips
Marina B Orange Sapphire and Diamond Cuf Ear Clips
Marina B Orange Sapphire and Diamond Cuf Ear Clips
Marina B Orange Sapphire and Diamond Cuf Ear Clips

Marina B Orange Sapphire and Diamond Cuf Ear Clips

Marina B Pearl, Onyx and Citrine Cardan Necklace
Marina B Pearl, Onyx and Citrine Cardan Necklace
Marina B Pearl, Onyx and Citrine Cardan Necklace
Marina B Pearl, Onyx and Citrine Cardan Necklace

Marina B Pearl, Onyx and Citrine Cardan Necklace

Combining a singular creative vision with an original aesthetic, Marina B’s iconic designs are as coveted and contemporary today as they were when first introduced.




Combining a singular creative vision with an original aesthetic, Marina B’s iconic designs are as coveted and contemporary today as they were when first introduced.