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On the rocks: Verdura Dogwood brooch

In 1941, New York-based jeweller Duke Fulco di Verdura collaborated with artist Salvador Dalí on five whimsical designs. The dazzling creations included a gold and ivory cigarette box, a morganite and ruby-encrusted Medusa-inspired brooch, and a pink tourmaline and turquoise brooch inspired by the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne. Verdura, who ran his own eponymously named brand, then presented these jewels at an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

This Medusa brooch was the result of a collaboration by Verdura and Salvador Dalí. (Photo: Pinterest)

The sparkling baubles were sold to various private collectors over the following years, and in 2014, Verdura (the label) borrowed four of them for its 75th anniversary showcase. This exhibition marked the first time that the jewels had been displayed together in over seven decades.

But Dalí’s influence on Verdura didn’t stop there. At the ongoing TEFAF art fair in Maastricht, Netherlands, the jewellery brand unveiled a brand new collection titled Out of This World, From the Celestial to the Surreal. Spanning brooches, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, the jewels are inspired by the legendary artist’s works and Verdura’s original designs from the ‘40s.

Verdura’s Dogwood pendant.

A highlight piece is the Dogwood brooch, which comprises petals of pink tourmaline that culminate in a cluster of yellow sapphires. The jewel is fringed with yellow gold, and even features tendrils of gold that form a flame-like motif around its centre stones. It can also be worn as a pendant suspended from a yellow gold chain, which can be purchased separately. 

What’s particularly fascinating about this convertible brooch is that it originally appeared in a 1941 surrealist painting that Dalí did for Vogue. Clearly, Verdura wanted to bring the artist’s vision to life.

Dalí’s 1941 painting, which depicts the Dogwood brooch in the bottom left corner. (Photo: The Adventurine/ Conde Nast)

The brooch is also available in an alternative combination of star sapphires surrounding a central pink spinel. Like the pink tourmaline option, this variant is also gilded in yellow gold. Verdura’s collection also features ear clips crafted with the same dogwood motifs.

Verdura’s brooch also comes in a combination of star sapphires and pink spinel.

Owning a piece of Dalí history doesn’t come cheap, though. The pink brooch will set you back US$87,500 (S$123,856), while its blue variant is priced at S$78,000 (S$110,409). But taking into account the jewel’s rich history and gorgeous design, we reckon it’s worth every cent.

(Main photo: Verdura; Featured photo: The Adventurine/ Conde Nast) 

On the rocks: Verdura Dogwood brooch

Sara Yap

Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)

Sara Yap is passionate about all things dining and jewellery, and is constantly seeking out exciting restaurants and glittering trinkets. When she’s not feasting in the name of work, chatting with talented chefs, or daydreaming about coloured diamonds, she’s probably binge-watching the latest Netflix series or indulging in her guilty pleasure — Hollywood celebrity gossip. Sara is a journalism graduate from Nanyang Technological University and her work has appeared in The Business Times Lifestyle and Prestige Singapore magazine.


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