Bulgari presents Le Gemme Reali, the “royal gems”, the new trilogy of Eaux de Parfum for women that enriches its Haute Parfumerie collection, Le Gemme. Transforming precious gemstones into fragrances, Le Gemme seamlessly bond the worlds of High Jewelry and Fragrances, representing the highest expression of Bulgari’s quest for the “Gems of Nature,” sourced from all over the world both as precious stones and as the finest ingredients for its perfumes.
More than ever, Bulgari Le Gemme Reali is a luxurious dialogue where the color and historic symbolism of each stone is literally embodied in the fragrances’ rare ingredients, creating a sensorial tribute that melds past and present.
Having created its own “gems-road,” with this new collection Bulgari travels across the Eastern Roman Empire where the sapphire, emerald and ruby reigned supreme. Three queenly stones that journeyed down the five silk, spice and gemstone roads that followed the Indus over the mountains and on the high plains of Pakistan and Tibet, across Persia and into Mesopotamia.
A LEGENDARY MUSE
In a magnificent city nestled on this fascinating itinerary reigned Empress Theodora, a woman of superior beauty and intelligence, whose allure inspired Bulgari Le Gemme Reali and their charismatic and opulent soul.
Named Constantinople in 324 – the New Rome or “the queen of all cities” – thrived in its extravagant splendor and melting pot of cultures, on the shores of the Golden Horn and the Bosporus, where the Black Sea and the Mediterranean meet. In this magical setting, in the 6th century, Empress Theodora reigned in all her glory at the side of her husband Justinian, the 17th Roman emperor.
Curious, knowledgeable and ahead of her time, Theodora is one of those historical divas that Bulgari admires so deeply and to whom it has always dedicated its collections. The most powerful woman of her times, she possessed the two key qualities so important to Roman tradition: courage and ambition. With Le Gemme Reali, Bulgari pays tribute to the woman whose aura and personality equaled the magnificence of her reign. In a mosaic portrait in Ravenna, Theodora is decked out in imperial purple, her tiara sparkling with a trio of precious stones – sapphire, emerald and ruby – that only Byzantine emperors could wear.
THE PERFUMES – A REGAL TRIO
Composed by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, the new trilogy represents the olfactory translation of these three gems, emblems of both Byzantine art and of Bulgari’s creativity and legacy. Bulgari’s timeless codes and unique virtuosity in melding strong colours, the size and brilliance of exceptional stones, are fully expressed in these new fragrances, created according to the highest art of perfume-making with luxurious ingredients and intense olfactory colors: sapphire blue for Nylaia, emerald green for Veridia, ruby red for Rubinia.
“Fragrances as jewels, set as stones. I constructed this trilogy around the sapphire, emerald and ruby, inspired by the way Bulgari cuts and polishes them. It was a case of creating a strong emotion with a few words, as in a poem, and to express the intensity of their color – blue, green or red – with the boldness which is anything but Baroque, and the modernity that brings Bulgari to life as a jeweler. I blended the ingredients to echo the work of the Maison’s master goldsmiths who flawlessly set the stones in gold. They seem to float. I wanted to recreate this apparent simplicity with excellent quality products and through the color and the individual vital force it symbolizes. The intensity of the stones in Le Gemme Reali is softened by the cabochon cut, very emblematic of Bulgari which, thanks to its perfect femininity, tempers the most extravagant volumes.”
Alberto Morillas, Master Perfumer
The design of the bottles fully captures the uniqueness of each fragrance, as well as the spirit, grandeur and tradition of bygone times. In ancient Greece, the totemic vessels used for exchanges between cultures became known as amphiphoreos. Mirroring the Roman jeweler’s heritage and soul, the fragrances are encapsulated in small amphorae adorned with a trinity of cabochons: sapphire blue for Nylaia emerald green for Veridia, ruby red for Rubinia. A triad of colors and a cut that is synonymous with Bulgari jewels.
They are also highly evocative of the perfumes, essences, spices and precious goods that travelled along the roads of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire. Another common thread of this precious trilogy is the iconic eight-branched Roman star chiseled on the caps, a symbol of openness to other countries that perfectly epitomizes the journey traveled by Sotirio Voulgaris, Bulgari’s founder, from his native Greece to the heart of Rome.
The name Nylaia – from Sanskrit, Nyla, for “blue” – pays tribute to the land of Kashmir, home to stunning sapphires whose intense hue is as unrivalled as their price. The most noble and sacred gemstones, sapphires symbolize power, radiance and inner strength. Referred to as the “stone of the stars” by the Egyptians, they are longstanding emblems of royalty and aristocracy, of the divine world and immortality.
An oriental powdery Eau de Parfum, Nylaia is an olfactory allegory which captures the radiating force of the most mystical of corundums via one of the most exquisite ingredients in a perfumer’s palette: iris pallida. A unique Italian rhizome which Alberto Morillas mixes with jasmine, the mystical character of benzoin and the purity of white musks and ambergris accords.
“In Nylaia, I have brought a deeply serene yet tactile warmth to the floral emotion of the iris, with benzoin tears combined with ambergris and white musk accords, a complexity that echoes the many facets of sapphire with its subtle blue.”
Alberto Morillas, Master Perfumer
Blue Iris and Absolute of Jasmine Sambac
Powdery – Floral
Absolute of Siam Benzoin
Warm – Sensual
Ambergris and White Musk Accords
Caressing – Transparent – Pure
The Timeless Nobility of the Blue Iris
The Mystical Sensuality of Benzoin
A resinous plant that releases its drops by incision, Siam benzoin grows primarily in the north of Laos and in Vietnam, between 800 and 1600 meters above sea level. Considered a precious and sacred offering since the dawn of time, amber-yellow absolute of Siam benzoin is considered the rarest and the most prized.
The Purity of the Ambergris – White Musk Accords
Alberto Morillas has modernized the fragrance of iris with virtuosity. The accord of the mysterious and sensual notes of ambergris and of luminous white musks adds a seductive effect and defines the intensity of the fragrance. A timeless and voluptuous accord which also evokes the “soft” nature of Kashmir sapphires and their purple hues mixed with blue.
The oriental woody Veridia – from the Latin viridis, “green” – sets off a distinctive and intense play on contrasts between galbanum, vanilla and incense.
A magnetic Eau de Parfum that evokes the luminous and intense green of the emerald, reminiscent of the wealth and splendor of the Byzantine imperial gardens. The emerald’s intense green coloring, the stone’s cut and the way it intersects the light are harmoniously captured in this unique fragrance of long-lasting energy where freshness and warmth bond, where the crisp notes of galbanum, the precious nature of frankincense and the soft nuances of vanilla produce an unexpected combination of hot and cold.
Magnetic and esoteric, the emerald has long been considered a talisman, a symbol of eternity and spirituality, of good over bad, which dates back 65 million years. Deeply linked with royalty, emeralds also symbolize Bulgari’s ability to innovate. In the Fifties, Bulgari was the first jeweler to combine emeralds with turquoises and amethysts, creating unexpected trios, cut in generous cabochons.
Alberto Alberto Morillas opted for a powerful vegetal incense filled with luminosity, a concentration of opulence which is quintessentially Bulgari, interpreted by noble ingredients which are naturally hypnotic.
Alberto Morillas, Master Perfumer
Essence of Galbanum – Essence of Angelica
Spicy – Woody– Luxuriant
Precious – Sensual – Balmy
Bourbon Vanilla – Heart of Patchouli
Mysterious – Magnetic – Addictive
The Light of Galbanum Essence
This large plant grows in the Orient produces a sacred gum that was once burned as an offering during religious ceremonies. The galbanum of the Levant adds its grassy and spicy tones into the fragrance, giving Veridia a remarkable green freshness.
The Mystery of Incense Tears
As precious as gold in ancient times, this resin with balsamic, woody, smoky notes embodies the original perfume par excellence. In India especially, incense smoke has a purifying and protective role, connecting civilizations to the gods for thousands of years. Appreciated for centuries, it was transported thousands of kilometers to the ports of the Mediterranean, giving birth to the legendary “Incense Road.”
The sensuality of Bourbon Vanilla
Generous, sensuous and captivating, vanilla is an exotic nectar that Alberto Morillas reimagines with an aphrodisiac quality. A favorite since the dawn of time, its pods, which only reveal their full olfactory power after a year, offer a complex perfume composed of several hundred fragrant molecules. It boasts an entire palette of caramelized, milky, amber, woody, and spicy, smooth facets.
The intense and passionate heart of the ruby pulsates with intensity in Rubinia, an oriental amber Eau de Parfum whose name derives from rubino (ruby in Italian), creating a fragrance that inflames the senses through sumptuous raw materials. A carmine elixir of burning and intoxicating intensity at once seductive and luminous. A blend of sparkly citrusy signature notes, evocative of the sunny brightness of Sicilian mandarin, enhanced by the strength and boldness of sandalwood with flamboyant accents and underlined by the addictive ardor of the Tonka bean.
In India, rubies were considered the “Queen of Precious Stones,” often described as drops from the blood of the gods. Thanks to its deep red nuance, the rarest in the mineral world, it was a luxury for men and women with longstanding power. A testament of courage, strength and victory, it also embodies powerfully attractive and captivating burning love.
“For Rubinia, I imagined glowing sandalwood, immersed in an amber bath as if to calm, in vain, the ardor it provokes. The incandescent glow of Sicilian mandarin exalts the senses with sparkling freshness. Its enveloping heat is multiplied tenfold by notes of copaïba wood. Tonka bean elevates the fragrance’s addictiveness to its height”
Alberto Morillas, Master-Perfumer
Luminous – Citrusy
Sandalwood Absolute – Copaiba Wood notes
Intense – Creamy – Enveloping
Tonka Bean Absolute
Addictive – Sensual
The Brightness of Sicilian Mandarin
The explosive luminosity of the Sicilian Mandarin is sweet and bitter at the same time. The fresh blend of Sicilian Mandarin adds a touch of spiciness to the seductive hyper femininity of the scent. Italy is one of the main producers of this citrus fruit originally from China, whose essence is obtained by cold-pressing its skin.
The Majestic Sandalwood
The essence extracted from the heart of santalum album, a tree from eastern India, is considered liquid gold. Its scent with its narcotic smoothness is said to be aphrodisiac. Rare and precious, it takes a quarter of a century to reach the height of its fragrance. Used as an absolute, the sandalwood in Rubinia gently stirs the senses.
Addictive Tonka Beans
The aromatic seed of Brazilian teak is a jewel of High Perfumery considered an uncut gem. Its rare scent and its gourmand signature with its almond, tobacco and balsamic facets add a rich and addictive trail to the Eau de Parfum Rubinia.