Verdura Maltese Cross Cuffs for Chanel in 75th Anniversary Exhibit

Verdura Bracelets for Chanel
Duke Fulco di Verdura’s “Maltese Cross” Cuffs for Coco Chanel. They will be  featured in “The Power of Style: Verdura at 75” exhibition in NYC, opening October 14.
Photo Courtesy of NationalJeweler.com

The American jewelry house of Verdura will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a special exhibition of more than 150 pieces created by the legendary jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura. “The Power of Style: Verdura at 75” will open October 14 and continue through December 23 at 745 Fifth Ave. in New York, a gallery next to the company’s flagship store.

Among the pieces on display will be two Verdura Maltese Cross cuffs created by di Verdura for Coco Chanel in 1930. Chanel is known to have worn the cuffs, one on each wrist, throughout her lifetime. They are considered icons in the world of fine jewelry.

Di Verdura began his career working with Chanel in Paris. He moved to the U.S. in 1934, opening a boutique in Hollywood where he catered to celebrities and socialites. Ward Landrigan purchased the company in 1984, six years after di Verdura’s death. Today he is the company’s chairman and CEO.

Verdura Theodora Cuffs
Verdura celebrates its 75th anniversary with the introduction of this rare, limited- edition “Theodora” cuff. The cuff will be made in a series of 200, sold in pairs or individually, engraved with a number and “Verdura New York, 1939,” and will be unveiled on October 7. Price: $97,500.

“For thirty years it’s been my dream to share Verdura’s genius with a wider audience and bring him the recognition he deserves,” Landrigan said. “Collectors from around the world have readily agreed to lend their private treasures for three months and many have shared their reminiscences of time spent with Verdura.”

In addition to dozens of di Verdura’s signature jewels, the New York exhibit will include objets d’art, archival materials, personal miniature paintings and rare period photographs.

Carolina Herrera
Designer Carolina Herrera (upper right). Verdura compacts were gifts from her husband. Photo courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

The exhibition will be curated by fashion designer Carolina Herrera and her husband Reinaldo Herrera, longtime friends of di Verdura. Several pieces from their private collection will be on loan to the show.

Gale Grant Maltese Cross Cuff
How to Get the Look for Less: Maltese Cross Cuff at Gale Grant Costume Jewelry, Madison Ave., NYC. Black cuff, 1 3/4 inches wide, Resin, Swarovski Crystal and Gold Plated.
$395. GaleGrant.com

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime jewelry event!


Sources: Verdura.com, nationaljeweler.com

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