About Verdura brand
Verdura jewelry never misses a chance to strike you with boldness, pure elegance and irreverent 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.
In 1927 Coco Chanel met Fulco Santostefano della Cerda – the future Duke of Verdura – 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 source of inspiration for the Maltese Cross idea was the Byzantine mosaic of Empress Theodora in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. 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 Amalfi coast and 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 feel with the clean sophisticated shapes. Oversized cuffs, colored stone cocktail rings and beaded necklaces by Verdura are chic,
Shop Verdura estate jewelry collection online or stop by Nadine Krakov Collection to see Verdura in Beverly Hills in person.
About vintage jewelry
Vintage jewelry is something we can talk about for days. Since the subject is that big and has multiple aspects to discuss, we’d like to focus on the most important parts of it. Let’s define what the vintage jewelry is, why it’s so appealing and how to buy your vintage jewelry online.
In the industry, different sellers and makers have different opinions on the time period when vintage jewels were made. Here at Nadine Krakov, we consider vintage as anything being made between 50 and 100 years ago. Therefore, all jewelry produced from 1930 to 1980 called vintage. This time frame comprises of Art Deco, Retro and Mid-Century styles.
Why do we love vintage jewelry so much? It’s all about the quality of making and, of course, the aesthetic.
Vintage pieces were mostly made by hand or at least hand-finished while modern jewels are mainly cast. As the lifestyle back in the days was much slower, jewelry makers literally had more time in their hands. Skilled craftsmen honed their craft and reputation. They couldn’t allow a flimsy, poorly done piece to ruin that. Mass market jewelry didn’t exist at that time. Each little detail of a piece was executed thoughtfully and with the high quality in mind.
All the above is especially important when you are looking for a vintage engagement ring. If you want to find a special, one-of-a-kind engagement ring, look no further because we’ve got you covered. Either it’s a perfect diamond ring or a stunning colored gemstone ring, we have a great variety to choose from.
How to shop your vintage jewelry online? Ask questions about maker’s marks and hallmarks, request a video of the piece and show it to your jeweler. The easiest way to be confident with your purchase is to find a trustworthy, reputable seller. And if you are happened to be in Beverly Hills area, just google “vintage jewelry near me,” find Nadine Krakov Collection store and stop by for a good chat with a sip of champagne.