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Bulgari debuted La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950-1990 at the de Young Museum—its first ever exhibition in the United States. West Coast glitterati including China Chow, Vanessa Getty, Hilary Swank, and Maggie Rizer were dazzled by the more than 150 pieces at the opening gala.

Co-curated by Bulgari scholar Amanda Triossi and the de Young’s Colin B. Bailey, highlights include the Bulgari’s spectacular emerald Seven Wonders necklace, previously worn by Italian screen siren Monica Vitti. And a room dedicated to the collection of Bulgari devotee Elizabeth Taylor, who often insisted on wearing her own jewelry while in character.

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Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish had a glow from their recent nuptials. It helped that Bosworth’s wrists (above) flashed with Bulgari diamond Serpenti bracelets; she showed off her new wedding rings as well. The couple was happy to be back in San Francisco, where they fell in love while filming Big Sur.

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From the seventies, the glamorous Melone evening bags. Heavy, but worth their weight in, well…gold.

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Also from the seventies, my favorite era represented in the show, this Buddha pendant knocked me out. His purple robe is made of amethyst.

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Me, in the multifaceted dress that my friend Peter Som sent me to wear.

Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Goodman

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Lauren Goodman is a freelance fashion editor and consultant living in San Francisco. She has held the post of fashion director at titles such as Domino magazine and The Wall ...