Verdura Maltese Cross Cuff Bracelet 18k Gold Estate Jewelry


This Verdura Maltese Cross cuff bracelet in 18k gold is the most celebrated piece by Verdura. The black enamel cross is encrusted with eight round brilliant cut diamonds set in the corners, four step cut citrines and a step cut rubellite in the center. Silky polished gold underlines the beauty of the Maltese cross design. This oversized, powerful gold cuff bracelet is embodying Verdura’s philosophy that is based on freedom of expression, outspoken design and re-imagining historical references as originally designed for Coco Chanel, Verdura’s cuffs are as bold and stylish today as they were in the 1930s.

18 karat Yellow Gold
Rubellite, Citrine step cut
Diamonds round brilliant cut H-I/VS
119.9 grams
Width 1 5/8", Fits up to 6 1/8" wrist
Verdura maker's mark, hallmark for 18 karat gold, Italian hallmark, country of manufacture
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    Verdura jewelry never misses a chance to strike you with boldness, pure elegance and audacious style. Each Verdura jewel is telling the story of perfection and creativity. But the very first story of the brand’s recognition started with Verdura Maltese cross.

    Coco Chanel met Fulco Santostefano – the future Duke of Verdura – in 1927, and it was a match made in heaven. Chanel hired Fulco as a textile designer and later appointed him to redesign her vast jewelry collection. Among multiple pieces there was a Maltese Cross that was rumored as given to Chanel by Russian Grand Duke Dmitri. Another possible source of inspiration for the Maltese Cross idea was the Byzantine mosaic of Empress Theodora in the Basilica of San Vitale in Italy. The tiles of mosaic looked completely the opposite comparing the Art Deco style prevailing in jewelry design during that time. Being captivated by that image and recalling himself growing up close by the Island of Malta, Fulco came up with a white enamel irregular shape cuff generously garnished with the bright color stone cabochons. This look is still one of Verdura’s most recognizable designs.

    Verdura jewelry design manages to marry brand’s whimsical taste with clean sophisticated shapes. Oversized cuffs, colored stone cocktail rings and beaded necklaces by Verdura are chic, classy and truly one of a kind.

    Shop Verdura estate jewelry collection online online  or stop by Nadine Krakov Collection to see Verdura in Beverly Hills in person.