Marina Bulgari left her family’s famed Maison in 1976 to launch hervery own Marina B brand and managed to carve out a legacy as a respected figure in jewelry design in her own right
Widely regarded as one of the most important women in jewelry design in the 20th century, Marina Bulgari left the family’s famous Maison in 1976 to launch the Marina B brand. The granddaughter of Sotirio Bulgari, Marina had an innate sense of design as well as boundless energy and enthusiasm, all of which enabled her to forge a new path and find her true calling. Marina directed her creativity into designing exceptional jewelry: unique, bold, and timeless. She developed her own style, rooted in the Bulgari tradition yet distinctive andhighly recognizable.
Marina opened her first showroom in Geneva in 1978 and held exhibitions in Monte Carlo, Gstaad, and St. Moritz. She quickly gained popularity, allowing her to open stores in Milan, Paris, and New York, and her creations became favorites among the international jet set and even royalty, all of whom helped make Marina B the must-have jewelry for the world’s most fashionable women. Her signature designs, fine materials, and craftsmanship appealed to a new generation of confident, successful, and stylish ladies.
Today, Marina B is pioneered by the creative direction of Guy Bedarida, who has collected more than 25 years’ experience in the industry. He was head designer and creative director at John Hardy (1999–2015) after which he worked at Van Cleef & Arpels, creating one-of-a-kind pieces for celebrities and VIPs. His passion for sparkling jewelry goes back to time spent between Paris, Rome, and Tuscany as a youngster. “I was surrounded by many beautiful things growing up,” explains Bedarida, whose father hailed from Paris and mother from Florence. “My father was a cultural attaché, traveling from embassy to embassy, and because of his job, I was exposed to painters, writers, and architects,” says Guy. “Jewellery was an especially big part of my childhood. My mother inherited pieces from her family, and my father would gift her the most exquisite jewels. I was fascinated by gemstones and the beauty of these little pieces of art.” Some of Marina B’s most exquisite pieces include the Onda Collar from the brand’s Classic Collection and the Salvia Cuff from its High Jewelry Collection. Onda means “wave” in Italian, and the pavé diamond motifs in this collection are decorated with strands of gold resembling waves rolling through the pavé. The collection of triple-wrap bracelets, cuffs, collars, statement rings, and earrings is offered in both 18k yellow and white gold, perfect for special occasions. Meanwhile, the Salvia Cuff is a chunky piece of jewelry made up of 21.8 carats of a cushion
of natural Colombian emerald alongside buff-top emeralds.
With his reputation, impeccable design flair, and anartful pair of eyes, Marina B is experiencing a rebirth with Guy Bedarida on board. New collections have been inspired by the brand’s signature styles, giving it its boldness and color to appeal to a new generation of discerning clients.