The ABCs of the Fourth of July: America, Bulgari, Cher (and Houston)

What do America, Bulgari, Cher (and Houston) have in common?

Well, since you asked: BULGARI launched an AMERICA-inspired collection of jewelry in the 1970s called “Stars and Stripes” — which was modeled by CHER. And pieces from that line are in HOUSTON for Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces, now showing at HMNS!

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I was therefore inspired to write a song in honor of the collection (well, OK, I wrote new words to the tune of “The Star Spangled Banner)*

 

Oh, say can you see through display cases’ light
What so proudly we hail, Bulgari gems-a-gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars set in earrings of gold
Made for their New York store but something was missing.
And then came our Cher, with her flawless, big hair
Gave face in her pics. Red, white, blue everywhere.
Oh, say does that Star Spangled Collection yet exist?
You’ll find it in Houston,  it’s not to be missed!

 

*BONUS: Sing along with Cher as she sings “The Star Spangled Banner!”

Don’t miss Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces now at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!

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It’s the Pixel Party paparazzi: Getting snap happy with the striking Bulgari exhibit

After-hours at the Museum on May 11, we had another one of our awesome Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits exclusively to photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to special exhibition Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces.

And here’s what they gave us in return.

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Photo by Barry Tse

 Photo by Barry Tse

Photo by Barry Tse

 Photo by Kinjo Yonemoto

Photo by Kinjo Yonemoto

 Photo by Ivan Moreno

Photo by Ivan Moreno

 Photo by Randall Pugh

Photo by Randall Pugh

 Photo by Robbin Merritt

Photo by Robbin Merritt

 Photo by Barry Tse

Photo by Barry Tse

 To find more pretty Pixel Party pictures, head over to our Flickr photo pool.

Wanna participate in a future Pixel Party? Bookmark this page and keep your eyes peeled!

Celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long at HMNS

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend! Once again, it’s time for family, barbeques and — if you’re the traditional sort — white pants and shoes. And that’s not to mention the action-packed weekend we have in store at HMNS!

With a movie premiere in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, two brand new special exhibitions (highlighted by a historic reenactment), several limited engagement exhibits, and our stunning permanent exhibit halls open to you, this is sure to be a weekend to remember!

Here’s the breakdown:

On Friday, May 23, the epic 3D film D-Day: Normandy 1944 opens in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Telling the story of the largest Allied operation of World War II through a stunning visual spectacle, the film’s seamless transitions between live action, animation, and CGI bring this historic battle to life.

We’re also opening two new special exhibits on the same day: Battleship Texas and Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters.

Battleship Texas, organized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, highlights the history of the Battleship Texas in service to the United States Navy through World War II. On the other hand, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disastersimmerses you in the most powerful natural phenomena on Earth: earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes.

From Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26, you’ll find members of the Sixth Cavalry, a WWII reenactment and technological preservation group, camped outside the museum. A non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the memory of our nation’s veterans, the Sixth Cavalry will display military vehicles, including a half-ton truck, Jeeps, and a half-track outside the museum.

On Memorial Day, May 26, they will perform a two-bell ceremony at noon to honor those who have fallen.

In addition to our permanent exhibit halls, special exhibits Magna Carta and Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces are here for a limited time.

So there you have it — something for everyone, all weekend long at HMNS. Come see us!

 

The bold and the beautiful: Glitz and glam galore adorn HMNS at the Bulgari gala

Traveling from all over the globe, top Bulgari executives joined local Museum and jewelry enthusiasts for a night celebrating gorgeous gems in our dazzling city – the opening gala for Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

The night began in the 3rd floor exhibition space (now open to the public; click here for tickets), featuring 150 pieces of sparkling Bulgari necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and minaudière, including precious pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor Heritage Collection.  J. Ben Bourgeois Productions transformed Herzstein Hall into in a graceful garden space with scenes of the Spanish Steps, floral chandeliers, and elegant candlelight. City Kitchen Catering pleased the palate with a three-course dinner, featuring jumbo lump crab meat, saddle of lamb, and mascarpone strawberries. In an ethereal ivory floral headpiece, Elizaveta (you may recognize her from this Scandal promo) led a trio for a set that perfectly complemented the romantic elegance of the evening. 

The chairman of the evening, Windi Grimes, joined President Joel Bartsch in welcoming guests and introducing Nicola Bulgari and Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari.  Ever the belle of the ball, Grimes thrilled guests with her own surprise touch – DiVine, a “living vine” that gracefully moved throughout the exhibition and dinner space. It was the cherry on top of the awe-inspiring evening.  

Photography by Priscilla Dickson.

Joel Bartsch and Naomi Watts

Joel Bartsch and Naomi Watts.

 

 

Joanne King Herring and Nathalie Diamantis, Bulgari VP of Retail and Wholesale

Joanne King Herring and Bulgari Vice President of Retail and Wholesale Nathalie Diamantis.

  

DiVine, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson

DiVine, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson.

 

Anne Shepherd and Carson Seeligson

Anne Shepherd and Carson Seeligson.

 

Pat Breen and Lynn Wyatt

Pat Breen and Lynn Wyatt.

 

Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Karol Barnhart, and Laurie Morian

Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Karol Barnhart, and Laurie Morian,

Sam and Melinda Stubbs, Sharyn and Jim Weaver

Sam and Melinda Stubbs, Sharyn and Jim Weaver.

 

Sabina Belli, Bulgari Managing Director, and Naomi Watts

Bulgari Managing Director Sabina Belli and Naomi Watts.

 

Greggory and Patrick Burk, HMNS Chairman of the Board

Greggory Burk and HMNS Chairman of the Board Patrick Burk.

 

Ashley Menzies and Claire Thielke

Ashley Menzies and Claire Thielke.

 

Event Chairman Windi Grimes and Joel Bartsch, HMNS President

Event Chairman Windi Grimes and HMNS President Joel Bartsch.