As we continue with our Diana Vreeland–inspired Why Don’t You . . .? series, we have a contributor very close to the source. Legendary jeweler Fulco di Verdura designed for many of the most famous style icons of the 2oth century. Prized by Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Joan Crawford as well as New York luminaries Babe Paley and Diana Vreeland, his Verdura designs have become the gold standard in the worlds of both jewelry and fashion.



In 1985, Ward Landrigan purchased Verdura and continued the tradition of creating timeless designs from the nearly 10,000 sketches Fulco made in his lifetime. In 2003, his son, Nico Landrigan, above, joined him in the family business and currently serves as President alongside his father, who is the Chairman and CEO.

This holiday season, Verdura is re-launching classic archival jewelry styles popularized by 1940s New York Style-Makers, including Vreeland. So we asked Nico for a suggestion worthy of the Empress of Fashion. His answer:

“Why Don’t You Wear Matching Cuff Bracelets?”  How convenient that the firm has created Byzantine Cuffs, which are a version of Vreeland’s signature pieces, with over 70 carats of amethysts and 60 carats of aquamarines.

Kensington Cuff with white gold and diamonds; Sunburst Cuff with blue sapphire, ruby, pearl, and diamonds; Criss Cross Cuff in gold; Double Crescent Cuff with gold and diamonds.

And if these aren’t quite up your alley, Verdura has a wide variety of equally lust-worthy, skinnier-cuff choices in colors perfect for your transition to fall and winter.

Cocholong Cuff with amethyst; Grey Agate Cuff with star sapphire and diamonds; Lapis Lazuli Cuff with  gold, diamonds, and pearls. 


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  • Benjamin September 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    An era when when when women were elegant and Verdura jewelry complimented their beauty. Thank you Verdura for making chic chic

  • hillsmom September 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hmmmm…I think Wonder Woman was ahead of the game,

  • BigLittleWolf September 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I confess, I am an avid fan of cuff bracelets and have been for more than 20 years, preferring something one-of-a-kind if possible.

    I’ve never imagined wearing two cuffs at once though I love the look (if a woman is tall enough to carry it off); suffice it to say even one cuff is a fashion accessory that is delicious, channeling a sort of powerful-feminine Wonder Woman feel.

    What could be better?

  • Dr. Pat Allen September 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Verdura jewelry is exquisite and these cuffs are all elegant and so special. Thanks for the beautiful images and a reminder of those very special women who knew how to wear both cuffs at the same time!

  • Stacey Bewkes September 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I’ll take any and/or all!!