A bracelet, the Theodora Cuff.
Inspired by the Byzantine mosaic of Empress Theodora at the Italian Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Verdura and Chanel set out to break the rules of popular style.
The gifted aristocrat loved to draw and hoped to become a painter in Paris. Paris during the 'twenties was filled with talented people, such as the writers, F.Scott Fitgerald and Hemingway and Russian emigres.
Soon he was also designing jewellery for her, including her signature bracelets with gold Maltese crosses set with bright cabochons. Chanel didn't like delicate, ethereal jewellery and Verdura's brightly coloured, flamboyant, large pieces were much more to her taste. "A jewel should not be meager," Chanel remarked.
Fulco’s infatuation and uttermost adoration of Renaissance art is unmistakably recognized in his nonconformist jewelry collections. He often collaborated with prominent artists of his time, like Salvador Dali. Their 1941 joint collection based on surrealism was applauded by the critics and showcased in an art gallery in New York that same year to long lineups of avid fans.
To come back to my idea and to my morning coffee, I almost chocked when I have seen the price of the famous Theodora Cuff. Celebrating 75 years of style with the introduction of the rare, limited edition of 200 pieces, sold in pairs or individually, engraved with a number and "Verdura New York, 1939" $97,500 each.
Altho, I was not aware that the bracelet is such a big deal of creation and the stones are actually real. My first reaction was, "wow, that's so nice" and my last was "wow, that is not for me". Still , I am thinking, if I would afford this kind of treats , would I actually spend so much money for a jewel or I would send the money to Africa ?