Iconic women and their jewels: Brigitte Bardot

Written by Francesca Ielo


Written on 10 April 2020

I've always been fascinated by rebellious sensuality by Brigitte Bardot, from its unmistakable and at the same time inimitable style, from thatallure all French which I particularly love.

Brigitte Bardot

Even if today she has left the limelight of Saint Tropez to prefer the tranquility of the vineyards and her beloved animals, I always like to remember her as the mysterious and fascinating femme fatale which has been consecrated to an icon of style and femininity.

And it's right on his style that I would like to focus on, or rather on his jewelry: call it professional deformation, but I asked myself which jewels Brigitte Bardot had loved most to wear, which style she preferred to sublimate her true concentrate of beauty.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte and Vivianna: two women and a jewel

From some short photographic research B.B. never seemed to wear any jewelry or anything visible: but possible that the legendary Bardot had not succumbed to the temptation to wear some sparkling necklace?

So I decided to start doing some Research, and finally a came to my aid article published on Marie Claire in July a couple of years ago, written by Cristiana Rivellino Santella, where I found my answers.

Brigitte Bardot

While pages are wasted talking about BB's great loves and bikini fashion that her forms have more or less consciously consecrated, it is actually her jewels that tell the most interesting story about her, a story of a feminine and feminist friendship ante litteram.

The person who designed his jewelry was one woman (and this was already extraordinary because, like many crafts at the time, that of the goldsmith was predominantly male) which was called Vivianna Torun Bülow-HübeSwedish by birth and Parisian by adoption, known for the his refined and minimalist jewels devoted to simplicity.

Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube

Passionate about skating on ice, Vivianna took inspiration from the sinuous figures of this sport and transferred them in the organic curves of his jewels created by hand on the spot, without the help of sketches, completely natural and instinctive.

Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube's jewels

THE materials that he used were inexpensive and rough, those who according to her helped her better to express herself and to establish a dialogue with the Earth. Here then his work was rich in silver, pebbles, moonstone and mother of pearl, of the raw materials that he tried to transform into jewel, without however upsetting its nature, to establish with it a very direct and unfiltered dialogue.

Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube's jewels

[...] Its simplicity, its being one of the first and only craftsmen and designers in the modernist era, as well as the first famous internationally renowned goldsmith they consecrated Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe as a symbol of fashion.

Her jewels made her famous, but above all they made her earn the esteem and friendship of the legendary Brigitte Bardot, who loved them enough to make them, together with her, eternal.

Brigitte Bardot



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