Duke Fulco di Verdura’s life was extraordinary from the start. Born into Sicilian aristocracy at the turn of the century he was discovered by Coco Chanel in 1925 and brought to Paris to redesign her extensive jewelry collection. After eight years working with her, America beckoned. Backed by his friends Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, Verdura opened his salon above Fifth Avenue in 1939. Success was almost immediate for the boldly innovative Duke. He became a legend from Hollywood to the palaces of Europe for his elegant and whimsical jewelry. Today, women of style continue to adore Verdura’s classic elegance.