Born into Sicilian aristocracy in 1898, Duke Fulco di Verdura began his career in 1920s Paris, designing the iconic Maltese Cross Cuffs for his friend Coco Chanel. In 1934 Verdura ventured to America and designed jewels for stars of the era, including Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. He officially became an "American jeweler" on September 1, 1939, the day war broke out in Europe, when his friends, Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, financed his debut on Fifth Avenue.
Today Verdura's fine jewelry is available at the company's flagship gallery at 745 Fifth Avenue in New York, overlooking Central Park, as well as retail partners Bergdorf Goodman, Betteridge, Obsidian in London and Mindham in Toronto.
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