Marina B is making a comeback with reproduced classics and new designs for today’s women.
By Laurie Kahle, October 20, 2011
The bold, colorful jewels in the Marina B collection may look familiar. Established by Marina Bulgari in 1977, the label has been resurrected by its new owner Paul Lubetsky, owner and CEO of Windsor Jewelers in New York City. With the acquisition, Lubetsky took possession of more than 10,000 original hand-painted renderings and all the original moldings, which have allowed him to exactly reproduce Marina B classics in the same European ateliers that made them decades ago.
Marina’s distinctive sense of style was shaped by her years spent as head designer at the famed Rome jewelry house founded by her grandfather, Sotirio Bulgari. Marina left Bulgari to establish her own collection characterized by voluminous forms, vivid semiprecious gems, and the combination of geometric lines and subtle curves. Her inspirations included Greek and Italian mythology, nature, and architecture—particularly Art Deco style. Bestsellers included adaptable pieces such as the reversible Caty earrings and the Pneu earrings with interchangeable beads. In addition to recreating Marina B classics from the late Seventies through the 1990s, Lubetsky will also produce new jewels in the daring Italian spirit of its namesake founder.