— Timeline —

1891

Mario Buccellati is born.

Mario Buccellati

1919

Mario Buccellati opens his first boutique in Milan in 
Largo Santa Margherita. 

1923

Gabriele d’Annunzio, a great friend and client of Mario Buccellati,
orders the “sautoir” necklace with rubies and yellow beryl.

(Left: D’Annunzio’s letter to Mario Buccellati)

Gabriele d’Annunzio

1929

Gianmaria Buccellati was born in Milan. 

1951

Mario Buccellati opens his first store in New York, assisted by
his son Luca. 

1954

A second store is opened in New York, on Fifth Avenue. 

1973

Gianmaria Buccellati, with a group of professional colleagues,
founds the Italian Gemological Institute (IGI), which he will be
President of during the next 25 years. 

1978

At the age of 20, Andrea starts working in the Company with his
father, and learns all the secrets of the ateliers. 

1979

Gianmaria Buccellati opens his flagship store in Paris, on place
Vendome, confirming his status among the most prestigious
jewelers of the world. 

1995

The exhibition ‘ The Art of Buccellati ’ is held at the San Francisco
Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (California), and travels to
the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in 1996. 

2000

The museum exhibition ‘ Buccellati: Art in Gold, Silver and Gems ’
opens at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural
History in Washington, D.C., featuring a retrospective of the work of
Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati.
 


At the same time, ‘ Viaggio in Italia ’ (Trip to Italy) composed by the
Italian composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima, makes its debut at
The Carnegie Hall in New York: the opera is commissioned by and
dedicated to Gianmaria Buccellati. 

 

2001

Gianmaria Buccellati launches his first watch collection in Geneva during
the SIHH exhibition. 

2004

Buccellati organizes the world preview of the Animalier collection, in Milan,
followed by Paris and New York, composed of 28 animal brooches created
around extraordinary baroque pearls. 

2006

The exhibition ‘ A Silver Menagerie ’ opens at The Huntsville Museum of Art
at Huntsville (Alabama), displaying a collection of animals made with the
iconic ‘ fur and feathers ’ techniques. 

2008

The exhibition ‘ Buccellati, Timeless Art ’ is inaugurated at The State Museum
of Moscow Kremlin. It is the first ever exhibition dedicated to a still
living jeweler.

Gianmaria Buccellati creates the ‘ Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation ’, on
which he bestows his private collection of ornamental cups and jewels, some
of his father ’s creations and drawings made by himself and his father. 

2010

Inspired by the color of big and not so usual stones, Gianmaria Buccellati
designs a whole collection of Cocktail Rings. It is an itinerant collection
which travels throughout the world for one entire year, and excites all the
admirers of the famous and unique Buccellati style. 

2013

In 2013, the private equity fund Clessidra SGR became lead investing partners
in the Buccellati brand, while the family still oversees creative direction over the
collection and artisans. Andrea Buccellati is Creative Director and President,
Gino oversees Buccellati's silver business, Maria Cristina Buccellati heads
Buccellati's Global Communications, and Luca deals with Top Client Relationships.