Brilliantly crafted, opulent, and one of the oldest Italian jewelry houses, Bulgari was founded by Sotirio Voulgaris in 1884 –‘Bvlgari’ is a phonetic version of the founders name. Blending ancient elements of Greek and Roman design, the luxury house is famous for producing the 20 million dollar engagement ring Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor. The haute houses’ ornate gems, diamonds, and intricate designs, make them a leader in elegant and sophisticated jewelry. Today, Bulgari has expanded its line to include handbags, sunglasses, watches, leather goods and accessories. Must-own bag: Serpenti.