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