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Verdura Amethyst, Peridot and Diamond Maltese Cross Bracelet

Created in the 1990s, and designed by Fulco di Verdura in the 1930s, this 18K gold Maltese Cross bracelet is set with amethysts, peridots, diamonds and pearls. The bracelet centers a Maltese cross of black enamel highlighted by a square step-cut amethyst and four peridots, framed by eight round brilliant-cut diamonds and four split pearls, completed by a slightly tapering bracelet of hinged textured plaques set with conforming arrangements of amethysts, peridots and pearls. One of the jeweler's most distinctive designs, this bold, colorful jewel is a celebrated Verdura classic.

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Item #: BA-21387
Artist: Verdura
Country: Italy
Circa: 1990s
Dimensions: 6.25" length.
Materials: 5 square step and round-cut amethysts; 12 square step-cut peridots; 6 split pearls; 8 round. brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.56 carat); Black Enamel; 18K Gold; With original signed Verdura box.
Signed: VERDURA, MADE IN ITALY, 750, Italian Control mark, VB255

This Verdura design dates from the 1930s, when the young Sicilian Duke was working for Coco Chanel in Paris. These two modern design prodigies visited Ravenna, the ancient Byzantine capital of the Western Roman empire, to view its remarkable mosaics. Arrayed in the city among a variety of ancient buildings, many of them now UNESCO World Heritage sites, the marvelous, complex figural mosaics depict men and women in arrestingly beautiful jewels and jeweled garments. In the Basilica of San Vitale, dating from the 6th century AD, Verdura admired the renowned mosaics depicting the processions of Byzantine Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora. Justinian, clothed in imperial purple affixed by an outsize jeweled cloak pin, faces Theodora, in her opulent crown and collar, bearing a chalice mounted with colored stones. She is accompanied by court dignitaries wearing lavish necklaces, golden cuffs and multi-gem pendant earrings. The bold designs and richly colored gems in refulgent gold settings inspired Verdura to create a series of original and modern jewels by drawing on these ancient and powerful works of art.