Bling. Breathing Rare Air At Verdura’s New York Salon

September 8, 2009 • Accessories


Fulco Santostefano, Duke of Verdura, designed jewelry for Coco Chanel
in the 1920’s and Chanel was often photographed wearing her Verdura
Maltese Cross enamel cuffs.

Several weeks ago, my friend Carol (not Carol Calacci) invited me to accompany her to her appointment at Verdura’s New York Salon, an invitation I was all too happy to accept! Timeless, elegant and distinctly original, Verdura jewelry has been coveted by royalty, Hollywood and high society for nearly 70 years. We needed to pass through two security doors before we were admitted into the elegant salon where the salesperson was expecting us.

When I entered the salon I knew I was in a special place – like I was breathing “rare air.” Carol browsed in the "Gold Room" picking out earrings and jeweled brooches to try on. I perused many cases filled with diamonds and jewels, but the view from the windows was just as stunning. The Salon overlooks Central Park – it was a sunny morning in August and I was overlooking Central Park from a new and exciting place!


When it came time for Carol to try on the jewels she had selected, we sat at a fine table – covered in suede – for perfect lighting. As Carol tried on the first pair of diamond earrings I began commenting, "They are gorgeous," and “Aren’t they magnificent?" Carol kicked me under the table and I could tell by the look on her face she wanted me to hush and keep my ogling to myself, which was hard to do with all those spectacular diamonds in front of me!

What impressed me the most were the earrings made with pale, precious stones held by a delicate chain of diamonds or a gold braid, a pair of gold feather clip earrings that showed stunning craftsmanship, and antique diamond brooches, signed pieces, of course! Carol wasn’t ready to buy a piece that day, but I know she’ll be back again. I hope that some day you, too, may visit the Verdura Salon, see Coco Chanel’s cuffs, and breath in some “rare air” if only for a few minutes! It was truly sublime.

– Marguerite Durston, Guest blogger


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2 Responses to Bling. Breathing Rare Air At Verdura’s New York Salon

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  2. Watch Winder says:

    Green Earrings, I remember, the rings of rare design!

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