Earlier this week I visited Verdura‘s salon with its sweeping views of Central Park right on the cusp of fall. As sunlight poured in, pieces from the latest collection glistened to life. What caught my eye the most was the tray lined with fabulous new cuffs, either fresh iterations of existing designs or entirely new pieces altogether.
The designs of the first two cuffs I saw were inspired by two vintage Verdura cigarette cases. The Cane cuff adapted the woven gold pattern of the case into a cuff in the same way the ever-popular Criss Cross cuff evolved from the criss-cross strips of gold on a cigarette case given to Cole Porter on the occasion of the opening of his 1940 Broadway musical “Panama Hattie.” The second cuff adopts the blazing sun symbol engraved in yellow and white gold on another vintage Verdura case. The bracelet tweaks the coloring a bit by using yellow and rose golds for the cuff, perfect for fall.
Breaking from the angularity of the iconic Maltese Cross cuffs, Verdura introduces the Topkapi cuff with a stylized gem-set floral design emblematic of the classical Ottoman style at its center. The softer curves of the cabochon stones in striking color combinations are refreshing additions to the cuff lineup.
The Maltese Cross cuff remains a veritable favorite but the newest version – the Midas cuff – is the most drastic variation yet. Stripped of its ornamental stones while still displaying the signature design, the all gold cuff is a wonderfully bold and uber-modern rendition of this classic mainstay.
Last but certainly not least, the one-of-a-kind numbered cuff never cease to amaze me. Vintage brooches each set with a spectacular colored stone – or awash with diamonds in a classic antique design – feature at the center of the unique cuff bracelets made of various hardstones. Color and combinations know no bounds when it comes to this inspired creations, a fusion of antique magic and crisp modernity.