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