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Betony Vernon Necklaces

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The paradigm shift took place over lunch in Florence, Italy, circa 1992. Betony Vernon, a striking flame-haired jewelry designer, was showing off her most recent creation: the 18-karat-gold O-ring, designed with a nod to a bondage collar, with a smaller ring affixed to its front.

Playfully, Vernon's partner put his pinky through the smaller ring as she donned the larger one. Then, the unexpected happened. “There was an electric impulse running through this piece,” she recalls. “We both felt it.” The feeling changed her life. “That was the moment I knew that jewelry can provide sensation and reinforce an intimate bond.”

Enabling others to experience electric moments like that — to “bring luxury, fantasy and sensual possibilities to the fine-jewelry world” — has been Vernon's aim ever since. “Sex and luxury were never associated,” she noticed, and the jewelry designer set out to change that. The result was her 1992 Sado-Chic collection, which became the Paradise Found collection.

Vernon grew up in Virginia and studied art history, religion and goldsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following her graduation in 1990, she moved to Florence, later earning a master’s in industrial design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Europe has been home ever since.

Vernon's designs are provocative, sexy. But if you look no further than that, you’re missing a much bigger (and more interesting) point. Vernon’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories represent a vital part of what she sees as her life’s mission.

“Pleasure,” she explains, “has been associated with sin, wrongness and naughtiness, not with joy, happiness and bonding.” Vernon has set out to demolish that “pleasure taboo.”

So, how is pleasure reflected in the design of Vernon's jewelry (and remember, we are talking sensuality not sexuality)? Early in the design process, she asks, “How many senses can I turn on?” Every detail relates to a sensual experience.

That crisp snap a clasp makes when opening or closing? A pleasure to the ear.

The softness and spring of noble metals, silver and gold? A pleasure to the touch.

And always, Vernon believes, jewelry embodies memory, legacy. A pleasure for the soul.

Find a collection of Betony Vernon jewelry on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Betony Vernon
Betony Vernon "Wings Collier" Sterling 925 One-of-a-Kind Necklace in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "Wings Collier" Necklace in 1999. The prototype for the wing was made with the technique of chiseling. The chiseled wings were then moulded and replicated ...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Ben Wa Chain" Necklace Bracelet Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Ben Wa Chain" Necklace was first designed by Betony Vernon in 1995 using lost wax elements and various sizes of rolo' chains in Sterling Silver 925. The timeless BV signature je...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "You Are Mine" Necklace Small Sterling Silver in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "YOU ARE MINE" Necklace was designed by Betony Vernon in 2004 and manufactured in lost wax elements in Sterling Silver 925. The “YOU ARE MINE” necklace is constructed with Verno...
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Early 2000s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Choker with Tassel Pendant" Necklace Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O-Ring" timeless signature pieces have been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This "O-Ring Kit" includes one "O-Ring Choker Necklace" and...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Love Lock Necklace" Man Necklace Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Love Lock Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1995 and has been manufactured in limited editions ever since in Sterling Silver 925 lost wax elements and wire jump rings. ...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Five Pearls Choker" Necklace Sterling Silver in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The Betony Vernon "Five Pearls Choker" was designed and handcrafted in 2000 using Sterling Silver 925 sheet, lost wax elements and premium quality natural salt water pearls. Materi...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Pearl, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Choker Mini" Necklace Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Choker Mini" is part of the collection Sado-Chic, the term Betony Vernon coined to name her first fine erotic jewelry designs in 1992. The timeless "O'Ring" signature pie...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Slave Choker" Necklace Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The timeless "O-Ring" signature pieces from Betony Vernon's collection have been appreciated by collectors since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This bold version of th...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

"Ostrich Feather Tickler w O'Ring Choker" Necklace Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Ostrich Feather Tickler with O'Ring Choker" groups two Betony Vernon's classical jewels to combine all together or wear separately. The "Ostrich Feather Tickler"'s hook is made ...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Signature Chain Necklace" Necklace 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Signature Chain Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and is handcrafted in lost wax element of 18-Karat Gold. The timeless "O'Ring Signature Chain Necklace" ha...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "17 Pearls Parure" Necklace Bracelet Ring 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon's distinguished "17 Pearls Parure" includes the "Five Pearls Choker", "Five Pearls Bracelet" and the "String of Pearls Ring". The Five Pearls Necklace and Bracelet were...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Mantra Kit" Bracelet and Necklace Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Mantra Kit" Bracelet and Necklace is an original design by Betony Vernon made in 2018 and handcrafted in lost wax elements and a rolo chain. The "Mantra Kit" contains two rolo c...
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2010s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Choker with Shaft Ring" Necklace Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O-Ring" timeless signature pieces have been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This "O-Ring Kit" includes one "O-Ring Choker Necklace" and...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Choker Mini Diamond Pavée" Necklace 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Choker Mini Diamond Pavée" in 18-Karat Gold is part of the collection Sado-Chic, the term Betony Vernon coined to name her first fine erotic jewelry designs in 1992. The ...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Mantra Necklace" Sterling Silver 925 Necklace
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Mantra Necklace" is an original design by Betony Vernon made in 2018 and handcrafted in lost wax elements and a rolo chain. The "Mantra Necklace" ends in a pendant which can con...
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2010s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Signature Chain" Necklace Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Signature Chain Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and handcrafted in lost wax element of Sterling Silver 925 in 2018. The timeless "O'Ring Signature Chain N...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Leather Whip Necklace Pavée Aquamarine" Sterling Silver in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The one-of-a-kind "Leather Whip Necklace with Pavée Aquamarine" is a unique piece designed in 1997 by Betony Vernon. One side of the handle of this one-of-a-kind version of Vernon's ...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Aquamarine, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Choker Medium" Necklace Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Choker Medium" is part of the collection Sado-Chic, the term Betony Vernon coined to name her first fine erotic jewelry designs in 1992. The timeless "O'Ring" signature p...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O’ring Princess Necklace" with Sphere Pendant Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O’Ring Princess Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2001 and handcrafted in lost wax elements in sterling silver 925. The Sphere Attachment can be removed, granting the j...
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Early 2000s Italian Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "YOU ARE MINE" Necklace Medium Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "YOU ARE MINE" Necklace was designed by Betony Vernon in 2004 and manufactured in lost wax elements in in Sterling Silver 925. The “YOU ARE MINE” necklace is constructed with Ve...
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Early 2000s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Spikes Choker" Sterling Silver 925 and Rubies in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Spikes Choker" was designed in 1996 by Betony Vernon and manufactured in Sterling Silver 925 sheet metal with lost wax elements. This is the prototype for the timeless signature...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Ruby, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Body Chain" Necklace and Belt Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Body Chain" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1996. The chain mail parure is composed of a sterling silver necklace and detachable belt handcrafted in Italy. This is the masterpi...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Five Pearls Choker" Necklace 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The Betony Vernon "Five Pearls Choker" was designed and handcrafted in 2000 using 18 Karat gold sheet, lost wax elements and premium quality natural salt water pearls. Materials: 1...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Choker Three Mechanism Kit" Necklace Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon "O-Ring" timeless signature pieces have been appreciated since 1992 for their symbolic and aesthetic appeal. This kit includes one "O-Ring Choker Three Mechanism", one ...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Love Lock Necklace" Woman Necklace Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Love Lock Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1995 and has been manufactured in limited editions ever since in Sterling Silver 925 lost wax elements and wire jump rings. ...
Category

1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Leather Whip Necklace" Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Leather Whip Necklace" was designed in 1997 by Betony Vernon. The "body" of the whip is made of handwoven leather. The empowering unisex necklace is part of Vernon's personal ar...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O’ring Princess Necklace" with Sphere Pendant 18 Karat Gold
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O’Ring Princess Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2001 and handcrafted in lost wax elements. The Sphere Attachment can be removed, granting the jewel the playful dualit...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Choker Mini" Necklace 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O-Ring Choker Mini" in 18-Karat Gold is part of the collection Sado-Chic, the term Betony Vernon coined to name her first fine erotic jewelry designs in 1992. The timeless "O-Ri...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Pierced Chain Necklace" Sterling 925 Necklace in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Pierced Chain Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1998 and manufactured in lost wax elements. Part of the iconic "Tokens of Paradise Collection", it is a symbol of virili...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Chain Medium Necklace" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Chain Medium Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1992 and handcrafted in lost wax element in Sterling Silver 925 in 2018. The timeless "O'Ring Chain Medium Necklac...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O Ring Piercing Kit" Necklace 18K Gold Pavée Diamond
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Piercing Kit" groups three Betony Vernon's original 18-Karat Diamond Pavée jewels to combine all together. The "O'Ring Choker Mini Diamond Pavée" as a Necklace, the "O'Ri...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Betony Vernon "Tassel Chain" Necklace Bracelet Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Tassel Chain" Necklace was first designed by Betony Vernon in 1995 using lost wax elements and various sizes of rolo' chains in Sterling Silver 925. The timeless BV signature je...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Double Sphere Necklace" Necklace Sterling 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "Double Sphere Necklace" in 1996 and manufactured it in lost wax elements. The Sterling Silver 925 "Double Sphere Necklace" will make a statement whether i...
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1990s Italian Contemporary Betony Vernon Necklaces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon necklaces for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Betony Vernon necklaces. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using sterling silver. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Betony Vernon jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Betony Vernon pearl necklaces, from our inventory of 3, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 30 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler.. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 1990s. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider necklaces by Wendy Brandes, Shaun Leane and Mattioli. Betony Vernon necklaces can vary in price, gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,023 and tops out at US$60,255, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,106 on average.

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