Verdura, Fulco di

A Classic 18ct Gold Curb Link Necklace

Classic Verdura 18ct chunky ‘Greta Garbo’ curb link necklace c.1970s, the necklace formed of thirty uniform heavy curb links in polished 18ct yellow gold making a seventeen inch necklace, with a concealed clasp. The original jewel with this curb link design was a bracelet designed by Fulco di Verdura in the late 1930s. This timeless necklace is wonderfully versatile, it can be dressed up or down and looks as modern now as it ever has.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold signed Verdura and stamped 750
Weight description210 grams
Dimensions17" / 43 cm long and 0.78" / 2cm wide
PeriodCirca 1970s

Directors Notes

The original curb link jewel was a bracelet designed by Fulco di Verdura in the late 1930s. After years of working with both Chanel and Flato, Verdura set up his own boutique in 1939, with the backing of friends Cole Porter and Vincent Astor. His new independence coupled with his lack of regard for the formal rules of design left him free to create pieces as original and exuberant as he was himself and success came quickly. Once described by Cecil Beaton as having a “heart of gold and a tongue of quicksilver” he was every bit as stylish as his wealthy and glamourous clients. From European Royalty to Hollywood royalty, it seemed every style icon of the period wanted a Verdura jewel. Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo were among the many devotees and Garbo was regularly photographed wearing her curb link jewellery, a bracelet on one wrist and her matching curb link bracelet-watch on the other. She had worn them in the publicity photographs for her final film in 1941 and was regularly photographed wearing them for decades after. This curb link design became a signature Verdura jewel and was beloved by many a Hollywood star. Over time this style was adapted to necklaces, rings and earrings and this necklace, although made some years later in the 1970s would still have been made by the same workshop in the same way as the first ones. Verdura’s pieces are highly sought after by today’s collectors and discerning jewellery lovers, as keen now as ever to be adorned with a piece of Verdura magic.


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Verdura, Fulco di

“Fulco’s references to nature, culture and religion keep his work classic. But without question he was a revolutionary, the one who changed everything. Fulco made it all modern.” 

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