Duke Fulco di Verdura (1899–1978) began his career in 1920s Paris, designing the iconic Maltese Cross Cuffs for his friend Coco Chanel. In 1934 Verdura ventured to America and designed jewels for stars of the era, including Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. He officially became an “American jeweler” on September 1, 1939, the day war broke out in Europe, when his friends, Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, financed his debut on Fifth Avenue. With Europe off-limits during the war, Verdura gained a following of high-profile clients among New York society and fashion’s best-dressed list, enticed by Verdura’s bold yet understated “chic”.
VERDURA BABY BYZANTINE EARCLIPS
In the early 1930s, Verdura toured Europe with Coco Chanel, visiting the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna. The richly hued portrait of Empress Theodora inspired Verdura to press gems into gold tiles. Among the first pieces Verdura made were the Theodora and Ravenna Brooches, vibrant starburst designs that symbolized their notable departure from contemporary jewelry of the era. Famed fashion editor, Diana Vreeland, recognized their importance and quickly acquired them. She wore them often, even pinning them on her turban
VERDURA CAGED RING
Verdura’s fascination with birds can be traced back to his childhood home where an enormous birdcage filled the foyer. Decades later and a world away, the simplistic and utilitarian design from his childhood inspired him to create the first Caged Ring in aquamarine and rose gold, owned by Dorothy Paley Hirshon
VERDURA CAGED DROP EARRINGS
With over twenty-eight faceted mixed-cut rock crystals, the Caged Drop Earrings is Fulco di Verdura at his most irreverent. A marriage of maracas and elegance, this design is as fun as it is timeless.