The Magic Of Verdura

December 8, 2014

By Tab Byrum

Duke Fulco di Verdura was a Sicilian nobleman who found himself traveling a path from Royal palaces to the world of Paris couture, to movie sets of Hollywood and the glamorous streets of New York City.  I first told you about Verdura and his beautiful jewelry creations last month during the Sotheby’s auction of the belongings of Bunny Mellon, and this past weekend I heard about an exhibit of great works by the jeweler at Verdura’s store and headquarters in NYC, so I thought today we would take a look at some of the most famous creations by Verdura.


A heart mad of cabochon rubies wrapped in diamonds with gold accents. 

The show in New York is going on now until December 23rd and was curated and put together by fashion designer Carolina Herrera, her husband Reinaldo Herrera had known the Duke since he was a teenager.


Carolina Herrera (center) with Verdura President Nico Landrigan (Left)
and  Verdura Chairmand and CEO.Ward Landrigan (Right).

Almost all of the pieces in the Verdura exhibit are on loan from the collections of private owners and not museums.


A real sea shell embellished by Verdura fine jewels. 

Verdura in his day ran with the likes of Vanderbilts, Whitneys and Mellons.


Amoeba Brooch

He was initially “discovered” by CoCo Chanel, he told her that all the great jewelry she had been given over the years by her lovers was “not her style”, he took the jewelry apart and fashioned it into new pieces that became part of her signature look.  


Verdura and CoCo Chanel looking at the cuff bracelets he created for her. 


Those same cuff bracelets today, still as beautiful. 

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Legendary actress Greta Garbo in her Curb Link Bracelet by Verdura, she wore it daily until her death.
This bracelet design is still created and sold by Verdura today. 


The gold, ruby and diamond Apple Tree Brooch, created for Mrs. Paul Mellon. 


A brooch created for actress Joan Fontaine, she wore it in the Hitchcock thriller, Suspicion.



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I won’t be in New York to see this exhibit but would be if at all possible, if you are in the Big Apple and see the Verdura exhibit please let me know what you think. 

Unless otherwise noted, all images are courtesy of Verdura.

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