Thursday, 9 June 2011
VERDURA: diamonds, rubies and onix maltese cross cuff
Christie's this is the widest onix cuff made by Verdura that has ever come up for auction. The piece is stunning and colour contrast so dramatic that it is probably one of the best bracelets of this popular design that I have found so far. If one had to choose one style to define Verdura's legacy in jewellery it would undoubtedly the maltese cross cuffs that Coco Chanel used to wear in matching pairs one in each arm. The one above is an unusually important one, for Verdura did not tend to use so precious stones like diamonds and rubies, he favoured design over expensive gemstones and specially in these pieces given the large scale needed to create his desired effect.