Verdura and Belperron Exhibition and Sale

Verdura earclips made for Mrs. Vincent Astor circa 1965.

Verdura ‘Feather’ earclips made for Mrs. Vincent Astor circa 1965.

The Verdura headquarters at 745 Fifth Avenue in New York City will be hosting an exhibition and sale of 70+ pieces of Verdura and Suzanne Belperron jewelry from the 1930s to 1960s, beginning today.

Verdura was founded in 1939 by Sicilian Duke Fulco di Verdura, who began his career as the head jewelry designer for Coco Chanel. He primarily took inspiration from classical symbols and the natural world, with the most famous design of the house being the Maltese cross cuffs that are instantly recognizable. Suzanne Belperron is a similarly recognizable designer from the 20th century, who was a visionary well ahead of her time. Also inspired by classicism and nature, her distinctive designs have a much more organic and abstract bent. The two unique jewelers in fact shared a number of clients, the most stylish ladies of the day such as Diana Vreeland, the Duchess of Windsor, and Daisy Fellows.

The Verdura company purchased the archives of Suzanne Belperron in 1999 and are now reviving the brand under the direction of president Nico Landrigan. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a number of pieces together and they are all available to buy.

The exhibition runs until December 27 and you can view the jewelry at the Verdura salon on weekdays from 10am to 6pm and on Saturdays in December. Happy shopping!

Verdura 'Cross' brooches circa 1941.

Verdura cross brooches circa 1941.

Verdura 'Wing' earclips circa 1950s.

Verdura ‘Wing’ earclips circa 1950s.

Verdura lapis brooch.

Verdura lapis brooch.

Belperron 'Faceted Model' ring circa 1941-1955 and 'gadrooned' ring circa 1935.

Belperron ‘Faceted Model’ ring circa 1941-1955 and ‘gadrooned’ ring circa 1935.

Belperron cuff.

Belperron cuff.

Belperron hoop earclips.

Belperron hoop earclips.

Belperron diamond bracelet.

Belperron diamond bracelet.

Belperron 'Whirl' ring featuring a Burmese ruby circa 1932-1955.

Belperron ‘Whirl’ ring featuring a Burmese ruby circa 1932-1955.

Masterpiece London

Aquamarine, tourmaline, diamond and gold brooch by Georges Fouquet circa  1901 (offered by Hancocks).

Aquamarine, tourmaline, diamond and gold brooch by Georges Fouquet circa 1901 (offered by Hancocks).

If you are in London between today and July 3, be sure to check out Masterpiece London. It is an international fine art, antique and design show that will host a number of jewelry booths from the likes of Seigelson, Fred Leighton, Verdura, David Webb and many more. A great opportunity to see some fine work up close.

Blue chalcedony suite by Suzanne Belperron circa 1935 (once owned by the Duchess of Windsor and offered by Siegelson).

Blue chalcedony suite by Suzanne Belperron circa 1935 (once owned by the Duchess of Windsor and offered by Siegelson).

Chinese Ming Dynasty gold and ruby pin circa 16th century (offered by Susan Ollemans).

Chinese Ming Dynasty gold and ruby pin circa 16th century (offered by Susan Ollemans).

Belle Époque diamond and rock crystal brooch by Cartier circa 1913 (offered by Siegelson).

Belle Époque diamond and rock crystal brooch by Cartier circa 1913 (offered by Siegelson).

Citrine brooch/pendant by Boucheron circa 1940 (offered by S.J. Phillips)

Citrine brooch/pendant by Boucheron circa 1940 (offered by S.J. Phillips)

Gold, enamel, diamond and ruby momento mori locket ring circa England 17th century (offered by Les Enluminures).

Gold, enamel, diamond and ruby momento mori locket ring circa England 17th century (offered by Les Enluminures).

David Webb gold, platinum and diamond "Juno" cuff.

David Webb gold, platinum and diamond “Juno” cuff.

Platinum, lapis lazuli, diamond, and enamel earrings by Boucheron circa 1925 (offered by Siegelson).

Platinum, lapis lazuli, diamond, and enamel earrings by Boucheron circa 1925 (offered by Siegelson).

Art Deco diamond and platinum necklace with a carved crystal watch pendant by Cartier circa 1930 (offered by Kentshire).

Art Deco diamond and platinum necklace with a carved crystal watch pendant by Cartier circa 1930 (offered by Kentshire).

Carved black jade, 18k gold, emerald and diamond "No 50" Verdura Cuffs (stones can be detached to become earclips).

Carved black jade, 18k gold, emerald and diamond “No 50” Verdura Cuffs (stones can be detached to become earclips).

Art Deco white and yellow gold, chrysophrase and onyx necklace circa France 1930 (offered by Kentshire).

Art Deco white and yellow gold, chrysophrase and onyx necklace circa France 1930 (offered by Kentshire).

2012 Auction Round-Up

The uncertain economic climate of 2012 did little to slow down jewelry auctions this year with records being set across the board.

At Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on November 13, the showpiece item was the Archduke Joseph Diamond, which set the world auction record for a colorless diamond (US$21,500,000) and for price per carat of a colorless diamond (US$280,000).

Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Image courtesy of Getty Images.

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