If jewelry makes you go crazy, then pay homage to the exhibition of Verdura jewels scheduled from 16 November 2007-17 February 2008 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Dating back to 1930’s, the wide collection of original design flaunted at “Verdura: The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler in The Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault” is unbeatable and worth visiting. There is no comparison of the masterpieces designed by Duke Fulco di Verdura (1898-1978) with that of other designers from 20th century.
He would raise the jewelry to the status of an art. Born a Sicilian Duke, he started his career with Coco Chanel. The great source of inspiration behind his artistic creation was classical patterns together with natural forms. Lightened with passionate shades and infused with a refined wit, the collection includes pine cone brooch, amoeba brooch, lion spaw brooch, lily valley brooch and much more. His designs were worn by iconic women of taste including Joan Crawford; Princess Diana; Doris Duke; Katharine Hepburn; Nan Kempner and Greta Garbo.