Verdura: the life and work of a master jeweler

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Harry N. Abrams, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 224 pages
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A master of metamorphosis, Sicilian duke-turned-jewelry-designer Fulco di Verdura (1898-1978) studded seashells with precious gems, transformed sailor's knots into pearl-encrusted necklaces, and wrapped blazing ruby hearts with braided gold rope. Since the mid-20th century, his ultrasophisticated neo-Baroque pieces have been the status symbols of a near-secret society of European blue bloods, Hollywood royalty, and Park Avenue patricians. Verdura's by-appointment-only patrons included Wallis Simpson, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland, who considered his Maltese Cross cuffs an essential part of her daily uniform.

In this lavish book, featuring fresh color photographs as well as vintage images, Patricia Corbett presents a deft evaluation of Verdura's work and a glimpse inside his impossibly glamorous world.

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What a beautiful book! I only wish that I could own his jewelry Read full review


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Patricia Corbett is an art historian and curator, and has written for the "New York Review of Books, Atlantic Monthly, Conde Nast Traveler", and the "New York Times". Amy Fine Collins is a Special Correspondent to "Vanity Fair".

Amy Fine Collins is a special correspondent to Vanity Fair and has written about everything from design, art, and fashion to culture, vintage Hollywood, and society for the past twelve years. She has not only overcome her fear of driving, but she also has a motorcycle license, frequents auto shows, and takes racing lessons.

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