Jewelry Obsession

Jeweled Bang for the Buck: Verdura’s “Twenty Buck” Bracelet

Verdura Bracelet

Before paper and plastic became the common means of exchanging money, metal coins ruled commerce for thousands of years.  Today, many coins languish in childhood piggy banks or in between couch cushions while a select few reside in rare coin collections.  However, some special specie have been stylishly re-purposed, gracing the wrists of fashionable women as charms on a chic bracelet.

Such is the case with Verdura’s “Twenty Buck” Bracelet, my current jewelry obsession.


The “Twenty Buck” Bracelet by Verdura
Photo courtesy of Betteridge

While browsing the cases at Betteridge yesterday, I came across one of these limited edition bracelets first designed in 1934 by Fulco di Verdura following a tour of the United States.  From the bracelet’s elegant, nautically-inspired gold chain hangs three rare coins that were commissioned by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1907-08:  a $10 gold piece (1907-1933) designed by America’s top sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who pictured Lady Liberty in a diamond-studded, feathered war bonnet; and two $5 gold Indian Head coins (1908-1929) designed by Bela Lyon Pratt.  Hence, the “Twenty Buck” bracelet!

Verdura Twenty Buck Bracelet at Betteridge

With only 100 of these bracelets issued, this ultra chic American jewel is certainly a collector’s item for more than one reason!

Verdura Lady Liberty Coin Twenty Buck Bracelet

A close-up of the $10 Lady Liberty coin
Photo courtesy of Verdura

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  • Reply
    Janet Deleuse
    October 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I love designing coin jewelry–not exactly sure why…. it’s the coins that are so artistic and have provenance. ‘ve created several charm coin bracelets with ancient coins

    I currently have a Nepalese Coin from the 1790 (aprox.) which is so ornate I made a pendant with turquoise, so you can wear the coin on either side to show the incredible artistic engraving.

    And, a fantastic art deco French coin, set in a simple frame of paved diamonds on a mesh rope collar.

    Janet Deleuse Jewelry

  • Reply
    October 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    This piece is absolutely perfect. Gorgeous and classic. I love Vedura’s use of twisted/rope detailing in their timeless pieces.

    • Reply
      October 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Verdura! =-)

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