Mario Buccellati was born in Ancona.
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Mario Buccellati opens his first jewellry boutique
on Largo Santa Margherita in Milan.
Gabriele d’Annunzio, a great friend and client of Mario Buccellati,
orders orders various jewels for his lovers and silver pieces for his friends.
(Left: A d’Annunzio’s letter to Mario Buccellati)
Gianmaria Buccellati was born in Milan.
Mario Buccellati opens his first store in New York,
assisted by his son Luca.
A second store is opened in New York, on Fifth Avenue.
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.
At the age of 20, Andrea starts working in the Company with his father,
and learns all the secrets of the ateliers.
Gianmaria Buccellati opens his flagship store in Paris,
on place Vendôme, confirming his status among
the most prestigious jewelers of the world.
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.
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.
Gianmaria Buccellati launches his first watch collection
in Geneva during the SIHH exhibition.
Buccellati organizes the world preview of the Animalier collection
in Milan, composed of 28 animal brooches created
around extraordinary baroque pearls.
The exhibition ‘ A Silver Menagerie ’ opens at The Huntsville Museum of Art
at Huntsville (Alabama), displaying a collection of animals made using the
iconic ‘ fur and feathers ’ techniques.
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.
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.
In March, the Buccellati Group closes a deal with Clessidra – an Italian equity fund –
to sell the majority stake of the company. Gianmaria’s three sons remain actively
involved in the development of the Company: Andrea is President, Gino manages
the silverware production and Maria Cristina takes care of the image and
communication of the Brand.
A new store opening in Bal Harbour and the new corner at Boon The Shop in Seoul.
At the same time, the New York boutique is moved from 810 to 714 Madison Avenue,
in a five-story townhouse entirely furnished according to the new
architectural concept of the Brand, and a new direct seasonal store is opened in Capri.
A further expansionist push is given by the corner at Gump’s in San Francisco
and by the presence in Dubai, at Bloomingdale’s.
An intense year of growth and renewal, aiming at the big future steps,
combined with the entry of Lucrezia Buccellati, Andrea’s daughter,
as the first female designer of the House.
The “Timeless Blue” project is presented at the new New York store,
and the artistic collaboration between Andrea
and his daughter Lucrezia becomes stronger:
they conceive together the five one-of-a-kind creations inspired by impressionist
and post-impressionist paintings on display during the event.
A tribute to pictorial art through jewels which are artworks themselves.
The Buccellati style remains tightly linked to the art world thanks to
the exhibition of the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation at Palazzo Pitti in Florence first,
and then at the Reggia di Venaria in Turin.