A real gem.
Get ready to add something else to your Christmas Gifts wishlist. Legendary atelier Bulgari has entered the arena of coffee table books and the result is pretty stunning. The 272 page lavishly illustrated book published by Rizzoli is the perfect read for fragrance lovers with photographs and information on everything you need to know about the world of Bulgari perfume and their Le Gemme collection.
Fragrance lovers, if you haven’t been introduced to The Bulgari Le Gemme collection, you really should listen up for these are some of the best perfumes in the world. The incredible luxury range of fragrance (Alberto Morillas is one of the perfumers) is based on gems, like the Sapphire, the Emerald and the Ruby. The perfumes are housed in the most incredible flacons inspired by Roman architecture and feature detailing based on their base gem.
The book, edited by Simon Marchetti, is a collaboration between several creative forces and visions; a botanist; a writer; a photographer and a model and takes readers on a journey exploring the connection between art, science and perfumery. It aims to translate the relationship between the fantasy of perfume and the natural world, plants and gems.
What’s clear, when flicking through each page, is how much love and attention has been poured into the publication, which took over 14 months to put together. Photographer Michal Pudelka, challenged himself with ‘translating the gems, smells and the essence of Rome’ in his images. After smelling the perfume he would draw the pictures he wanted to create and attempt to reproduce his vision.
From finding out what white Iris actually smells like and how it’s produced to what Heliotrope actually is, learn everything about the fragrance notes and rare ingredients used by Bulgari.
The book truly captures the emotional and fantastical complexities of fragrance in an informative way. A real gem.