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Verdura Necklaces

Fulco di Verdura (1898–1978) is not exactly a household name, except for those who know a thing or two about highly original, often eccentric handcrafted jewelry and, even more so, for those fortunate enough to own some. In that exclusive group, Verdura is regarded as the most gifted and coveted designer of his time.

Verdura was born in Sicily in 1898, the scion of a noble family related to the Lampedusas. (His cousin, Giuseppe di Lampedusa, wrote the great Italian saga The Leopard). His life was charmed from birth. Raised in his family’s villa, he grew up during a time when Sicily, and Palermo in particular, were meccas for well-born and highly cultured European travelers.

A bona fide duke with no clear ambitions but creative leanings aplenty (he could draw and paint), the young Verdura was part of the wandering social circuit — the so-called beau monde — that went from capital to capital, resort to resort.

Verdura, though small in stature, had that indefinable quality called charm. As a result, he was the life of every party he attended. When he finally started designing jewelry under Coco Chanel in the late 1920s, many of his friends became his clients (or received the pieces as gifts). Elsa Maxwell took him under her ample wing when she was hired to do public relations for the Lido in Venice and introduced him to the local and visiting cognoscenti. Chanel, whom he met in Venice, hired him to work in the textiles division of her fashion house. But it was his flair for jewelry that soon caught Coco’s eye. Eventually, he rose to become her personal designer of fine jewelry.

In 2002’s Verdura: The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler (Thames & Hudson), Vanity Fair’s Amy Fine Collins describes the sensation of wearing pieces by Verdura, who drew inspiration from nature for his signature gem-studded seashell brooches and honeybee earrings. “They were ingeniously calculated to flatter the wearer,” writes Collins. “Earrings undulated to complement the convolutions of an earlobe, rings seductively followed the phalanges of a finger, and necklaces gracefully traced the anatomy of the throat.”

In 1934, Verdura left Chanel and together with two friends, aspiring actress Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley and Baron Nicholas de Gunzburg, moved to the U.S. After several stops, he found a job through Diana Vreeland in Hollywood with Paul Flato, then the “jeweler to the stars.” Soon he was signing his work and helping Flato cultivate the crème de la creme of the silver screen — those both on it and behind it.

Verdura left Los Angeles for New York and opened his own salon, first on Fifth Avenue in 1939, just as World War II was beginning in Europe. His backers were Vincent Astor and Cole Porter, for whom he made bejeweled boxes and cigarette cases — gifts from Porter’s wife, Linda — to commemorate the opening nights of several musicals. Verdura began to expand both his repertoire — he became much more daring and flamboyant — and his clientele. The Duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes, Greta Garbo and others routinely gave him commissions. In 1941, Verdura collaborated on a collection of six pieces with Salvador Dalí to accompany a Dalí exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Verdura retired in 1972 and left the care of the company to his partner, Joseph Alfano. He later moved to London, where he died in 1978 at the age of 79.

Among the most prized pieces on display in a 2014 Verdura jewelry exhibition in New York were Greta Garbo’s curb-link bracelet watch, which Verdura designed for her in 1939; Coco Chanel’s pair of Maltese Cross cuff bracelets (she wore one on each wrist); and Diana Vreeland’s duo of Byzantine brooches.

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Creator: Verdura
Verdura South Sea Pearl Sapphire Y Drop Necklace
By Verdura
Located in Palm Beach, FL
South Sea pearl and sapphire 'Y' drop necklace, composed of fourteen cultured South Sea pearls connected by 18k yellow gold links with a pendant consisting of a prong-set oval facete...
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Verdura Gold Lace Link Choker Necklace
By Verdura
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Lace Link Necklace by Verdura. Details: Weight: 156.6 grams Width: 1 1/2" Length: 17" Stamped Hallmarks: VERDURA 750 *Free Shipping within the United States*
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Verdura Necklaces

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Verdura 26 Carat Natural Pink Tourmaline 14 Karat Yellow Gold Brooch Pendant
By Verdura
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Fabulous Verdura brooch and pendant handcrafted in 14 karat yellow gold. The natural pink tourmaline gemstone weighs 26.55 carats and has been certified by the AGL that it has not be...
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Mid-20th Century American Contemporary Verdura Necklaces

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Verdura 2.51 Carat D VS1 Pear Shaped Diamond Solitaire Necklace
By Verdura
Located in New York, NY
This is a fabulous top-quality solitaire pendant by Verdura. Made in platinum and 18k yellow gold: platinum basket, yellow gold chain, set with 2.51 Carat Carat D VS1 Pear Cut Diamo...
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Verdura 18k Gold Coral Bead Torsade Necklace
By Verdura
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Verdura 18k yellow gold multi-strand coral bead necklace with faceted 18k yellow gold beads, secured by an 18k yellow gold twisted rope hook clasp marked "VERDURA". Eleven strands of...
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Verdura Multi Gem Set Pearl Gold Torsade Necklace
By Verdura
Located in New York, NY
18k gold torsade necklace by Verdura, with green gemstones, pearls, citrines and tsavorites. Necklace is 18" long, 5 strands. Marked: Verdura. Weight - 347.4 grams.
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20th Century Verdura Necklaces

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Verdura 18Kt Gold Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire and Semi-Precious Stone Pendant Brooch
By Verdura
Located in Menlo Park, CA
Inspired by the pair of brooches owned by Diana Vreeland, the Theodora Pendant Brooch represents one of Verdura’s earliest and most influential designs. "Theodora" byzantine pendant...
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1990s Byzantine Verdura Necklaces

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Verdura Gold Curb Link Necklace
By Verdura
Located in New York, NY
This Verdura Curb textured link necklace features 18K Gold slightly flattened twisted oval curb links. Signed Verdura, Italy, ap. 99 dwts. Length 16.5 inches. Width 1 to 7/8 inch. ...
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Verdura Amber Bead Necklace with 18 Karat Yellow Gold Clasp
By Verdura
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Verdura amber bead necklace with 18k yellow gold clasp. The amber beads on this necklace graduate from 17.2mm to 21.5mm at the center. 20" (50.8cm) long, 97.91 grams. Signed ...
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Verdura Carved Beryl Peridot Gold Y Necklace
By Verdura
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Impressive Verdura Y necklace, with carved beryl, ranging in size from 24 x 19mm to 32mm x 25mm, approx. 16.50ct peridot (approx. 15.6 x 13.2 x 12.1mm). Necklace is 18.5" long, penda...
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Verdura 18K Yellow Gold Regatta Nautical Necklace
By Verdura
Located in New York, NY
This necklace is made in a concentric design of roped gold knot links. It features a versatile casually chic design, sits in just the right place and is quite comfortable. Stamped by...
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20th Century Modern Verdura Necklaces

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Verdura Rock Crystal Bubbles Gold Necklace
By Verdura
Located in Lambertville, NJ
18k yellow gold long caged crystal necklace by Verdura. Comes with pouch. Retail $24500. Necklace is 43" long, crystal stations are 15mm to 18mm. Weight 136.1 grams. Marked Verdura ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Verdura Necklaces

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Crystal, Rock Crystal, Gold

Vintage Verdura Yellow and Rose Gold Chain Choker Necklace and Bracelets
By Verdura
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The necklace is made out of 14 karat yellow and rose gold. It features twisted rope motif and round links, choker style. The necklace separates into two bracelets. ...
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1980s Vintage Verdura Necklaces

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14k Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold

Verdura Cultured Pearl, Topaz and Diamond Necklace
By Verdura
Located in New York, NY
Verdura Cultured Pearl, Topaz and Diamond Necklace This necklace is composed of 75 gray, white and black cultured pearls measuring from 15.7mm to 9mm, interspersed with pairs of hexa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Verdura Necklaces

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Topaz, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold

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Verdura 18k Yellow Gold Black Onyx 'Trio' Ring
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Verdura necklaces for sale on 1stDibs

Find a range of Verdura necklaces available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Verdura jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Verdura diamond necklaces, from our inventory of 3, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 10 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Verdura necklaces available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider necklaces by BOON, Emeralds Maravellous and Shimon's Creations if you’re looking for additional options. Verdura necklaces can vary in price, gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $8,000 and tops out at $72,000, while pieces like these can sell for $18,750 on average..

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