A striking yellow gold and rectangular step cut Trombino ring by the House of Bvlgari from the Retro period. An enticing 5.18ct sparkling rectangular step cut diamond takes centre stage securely rub over set in richly polished yellow gold. The broad shoulders of this design enabled diamonds and gemstones to be intricately set, and perfectly showcase rare and important examples. With platinum reserved for wartime use, jewellery from this period embraced the warm tones of yellow and rose gold. Since its founding in 1884, the House of Bvlgari has become famous worldwide for their use of warm yellow gold that is reminiscent of the intense Italian summer sun. The house was as its peak when it was owned and run by the founding family, from 1884 to 2011. They also favour superb quality diamonds and gemstones set into highly individual designs influenced by ancient Roman architecture. The Trombino or "little trumpet" design is a well-known statement style that was first seen in the early 1930s, and is still produced by the House today. The late Hollywood star and renowned jewellery collector, Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), first became acquainted with Bvlgari whilst filming Cleopatra in Rome during the 1960s. Her vast collection of jewellery was auctioned at Christies in 2011, and featured many Bvlgari pieces including a platinum and sapphire Trombino ring. Originating from the 1940s, this signed example was made in the New York workshops of the House and is a sought after and desirable example to be worn and enjoyed by lovers of vintage Bvlgari jewels.