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    Chrysoprase, Gold Necklace, Verdura
    The necklace is composed of oval and rondelle-shaped chrysoprase beads ranging in size from 14.80 x 10.70 mm to 12.50 x 6.70 mm, forming two knotted strands, interspersed with 22k gold beads, secured by an 18k gold clasp, marked Verdura, reference # VN3527. Gross weight 221.50 grams.
    Length: 14 inches - 16 inches


    Condition Report*: Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Chrysoprase
    Shape(s): Bead
    Count: 51 - 75
    Avg Quality: Fair

    Metals:
    Gold

    Overall Condition: Good
    Condition Notes: A beautiful piece of spring, designed to fit a smaller neck. Clasp marked Verdura, tested 18k gold. A few beads display chipping. Comes with folder, ribbon, box and papers signed Verdura. Accompanied by a copy of the Verdura boutique receipt, dated April 25, 2008, listing retail price as $7,380.
    Verdura:

    About Jewelry Designer Verdura

    Duke Fulco di Verdura (1898 – 1978) led a vibrant life. His awe-inspiring designs and iconic patrons are legendary. His great friends and supporters Cole and Linda Porter introduced him to Coco Chanel, who immediately recognized his talent. He created a pair of Maltese cross cuffs for Coco, using cabochons set in white enamel. Inspired, she had them remade as costume jewelry for her shop, thus beginning an eight-year collaboration between Verdura and Chanel. Devoted client Diana Vreeland introduced Verdura to Paul Flato, “Jeweler to the Stars”.

    He went on to set up his own boutique in New York, backed by Cole Porter and Vincent Astor. A prolific artist, Verdura’s business partner Joseph Alfano is credited with saving much of his original artwork, which is still in use today. The name and designs were acquired by Ward Landrigan, in 1985, who continues crafting timeless Verdura treasures to the same high standards as the company’s namesake.

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    Brief Biography of 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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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    8th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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