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    Blue Topaz, Iolite, Gold Earrings, Verdura
    The Byzantine earrings feature hexagonal and shield-shaped blue topaz weighing a total of approximately 58.00 carats, enhanced by round-cut iolite weighing a total of approximately 0.85 carat, set in 18k gold, marked Verdura. Gross weight 26.80 grams.
    Dimensions 1-7/8 inches x 9/16 inch
    *Note: earrings are designed for pierced ears and are easily converted


    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

    Condition Report*: Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Topaz, Iolite
    Shape(s): Hexagonal, Shield
    Count: 1 - 25
    Avg Quality: Good

    Metals:
    Gold

    Overall Condition: Very Good
    Condition Notes: A little color, a little drama! The earrings show signs of modification. The earrings were convertible, but the hook that separated the top from the bottom of the portion has been sealed. The earrings are completed by posts and clip backs. The earrings are marked 18k Verdura 750 with Italian assay marks.
    Verdura: The Sicilian Duke of Verdura, Fulco Santostefano della Cerda, began his career in 1926 as a costume jewelry designer for Coco Chanel. He left her Paris locale to work for Paul Flato in the United States. In 1939, Verdura opened the first of his salons where his love of nature could be fully displayed. It was reflected in his signature designs: the scallop shell, the frame, and the wing. He created animals and figures utilizing shells, diamonds, and enamel. His fame and influence impacted both the jewelry industry and fashion worlds. Verdura is single handedly credited for renewing interest in enameled jewels. He also implemented the rope motif in modern jewelry, a first. Verdura sold his business and retired to London, where he died in 1978. The company continues to produce fabulous jewels based upon Verdura’s original artwork.

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    29th Friday
    Auction Dates
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    29th Monday
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