Verdura Multi-Stone, Cultured Pearl, Gold Bracelets
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DescriptionVerdura Multi-Stone, Cultured Pearl, Gold Bracelets
Stones: Carved onyx and nephrite jade cuffs; ruby cabochons weighing a total of approximately 3.75 carats; emerald cabochon weighing approximately 1.40 carats; round-cut citrine
Pearl: Cultured pearls measuring 5.00 mm
Metal: 18k gold
Theme: Maltese Cross
Gross Weight: 296.10 grams
Dimensions: 6-1/2 inches x 1-5/8 inches
Property from a London Collector
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.
Type(s): Onyx, Nephrite Jade, Citrine, Ruby, Emerald
Shape(s): Carved, Oval, Round, Pear
Count: 1 - 25
Avg Quality: Good
Overall Condition: Good
Condition Notes: Marked 750. Emerald and rubies show surface-reaching inclusions. Accompanied by a screwdriver and four screws. Each cuff is accompanied by a box signed Verdura. The black cuff shows evidence of repair from a fracture on the top.
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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