ROMANCING THE STONE

BVLGARI: 130 Years of Masterpiecesat the Houston Museum of Natural Science Gala.

By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Michelle Watson and HMNS

THE SCENE:The Houston Museum of Natural Science was turned into a dramatically glamorous experience by Los Angeles event producer Ben Bourgeois for the spectacular Bulgari exhibition opening party. The event space, complete with huge prints of Rome’s Spanish Steps, floral chandeliers, and peonies, roses, and jewels as centerpieces for candlelit tables, was made to feel like the courtyard of a lush villa in Rome, where Bulgari has been based since 1884. After cocktails, guests flocked to the glittering, third-floor exhibit, where 150 Bulgari masterpieces glowed as they are admired by guests.

THE VIBE: In the room filled with dazzling jewels galore leading the parade of beauties gifted with Bulgari for the evening was actress Naomi Watts, who recently joined Bulgari as their spokeswoman and wore the “Serpenti” necklace emblazoned with close to 50 carats in emeralds and approximately 175 carats in diamonds, valued at $1.35 million. Lynn Wyatt was drenched in emerald-cut diamonds, wearing about $7 million in jewels, while John and Becca Cason Thrash were beaming as they celebrated their 18th anniversary that evening at the event as well as another Bulgari event at their stunning home.

THE CAUSE:This extraordinary, first-of-its-kind retrospective features works from every era in Bulgari’s storied history. The exhibition of approximately 150 sizable pieces of jewelry include historical archives from Bulgari’s London headquarters, as well as pieces on loan from private collections including those of Houston icons Joanne King Herring, Lynn Wyatt, and Christina Gerard.

The gala was chaired by Windi andDavid Grimes with Nicola Bulgari and museum president Joel Barstch serving as hosts and Jeff Early and Colter Lewis representing local sponsor Northern Trust.. A full entourage of Bulgari notables also jetted in from various corners of the world for the event including patriarch Nicola Bulgari, Veronica Bulgari of New York, and Bulgari president Jean-Christophe Babin for the spectacular night.

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