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Inspired by the richly hued mosaics and gold-encrusted treasures of the Byzantine Empire, Verdura set gems into gold like tiles, mixing precious and semi-precious stones in various colors and cuts.
Colored gemstones, diamond and gold
The primary colors of precious rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds were electrified into new life next to the vivid half-hues of semi-precious amethysts, peridots and tourmalines. In 1934, British Vogue featured one of Verdura’s earliest jewels in this new style, commenting on the “unusual results and…number of colour harmonies hitherto unknown to jewellery.”