In late October, Bulgari released a fragrance in collaboration with Fornace Mian, an infamous glassworking practice based in Italy. Bulgari L’Opera Grandiosa is a one-of-one design, hand-blown with Murano glass. The master of Fornace Mian began the creation of the bottle with the most basic human task.
They simply exhale, allowing air to travel through a tube, inflating a thin piece of glass. From there, the master uses the Sbruffo technique, in which they blow out multiple pieces of glass, ranging in density and colour. The final product is a rich, ombre bottle that combined with paint, plays an illusion on the eyes.
Bulgari then received the 1 of 1 piece at their headquarters in Rome, furthering the bottle’s luxury status by adorning it with a necklace and cap. Made of 18k rose gold, the necklace is covered in 5.39 carats of rubellites, 4.86 carats of amethyst, and 4.56 carats of citrines. The precious metals combine in a serpentine design, sitting just below the cap.
The cap for Bulgari L’opera Grandiosa acts as a crown, made from 2,485 carats of malachite, rounded and perfectly flattened on the bottom. The jewel is an ominous green colour with black waves rippling throughout it.
Inside of the bottle is Bulgari Le Gemme Imperiali Desiria, featuring three notes. The Rose and Musk project prominently amidst Magnolia, creating an allusive floral scent for women. Currently, Bulgari L’Opera Grandiosa is held at La Samaritaine, a luxury department store in France. The bottle retails for a whopping 50,000 Euros.