Friday, 13 April 2012

VERDURA: Interchangeable maltese cuffs

To anyone following this blog it should be clear by now that I have a passion for jewellery but a special weakness for Verdura!.

These two pairs of cuffs with interchangeable maltese cross plaques are one the best known and symbolic pieces by which Verdura's designs are known worldwide. The plaques are set with cabochon sapphire and emeralds, half pearls and diamonds. The cuff bases are carved onix and cocholong.

Fulco Verdura was a creative genius that worked for Coco Chanel until he set up on his own in NY in 1934. He died in 1978 but in 1984 his brand and more than 4000 sketches were bought by Ward Landrigan and since then the firm has been bringing out newly made pieces selectively from their magical apartment on one of the Art Deco skyscrapers on 5th Avenue, right across Bergdorf & Goodman.

The cuffs above were made in 1985 and are being auctioned by Sotheby's NY on April 18th.