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.
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