OK, so this fabulous Ermani Bulatti necklace only just scrapes into the “vintage” category but what a scrape! Ermani Bulatti, despite its Italianate nomenclature was the brainchild of Dutch jeweller Herman Tiggeler who, realising the caché of Italian influence in fashion, Italianised his name (Herman – Ermani) and roughly translated his surname via the French. The company was founded in the late 70s and achieved high status selling in the major fashion capitals of the world during the 80s before finally closing in 2012. Their MO was to use traditional styles – Art Deco, Modernism, Art Nouveau – and to use, somewhat unusually, a range of natural materials and semi-precious stones within their design rather than glass or ceramic imitations.
Which brings us to this piece. A Deco inspired necklace of flat, tapering snake collar style with an oval centrepiece comprising rope edging, cabochon and baguette crystals (probably Swarovski) and a glowing domed cabochon of haematite. This stone is plush with a silvery streak in a coal-black colouration and stands out against the gilt of the necklace; it is vaguely faceted where it joins the metal and so has a sparkle despite its darkness. The chain is adjustable for length and has a lobster claw clasp; it is signed on both finials. As with all Bulatti’s jewellery it is exceptional quality and of a style which never fades. A real piece of Art Deco style, affordable 80s design.
It may appear a little tarnished but the gilt is, as with many Bulatti pieces, aiming at a bronzed effect so really it isn’t tarnished at all. All stones present and correct and in excellent, bright condition. Signature is easy to read and the construction is solid.
- 1.75 x 1.5 inches (4.5 x 3.5 cm) central oval section.
- 14 inch (approx 30 cm) extending to 16 inch (approx 35 cm) chain
Letter A – £8.50
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