Verdura Maltese cross cuffs paired with Norma Kamali’s quilted, embroidered robe. The history behind these cuffs is quite interesting. Fulco Santostefano della Cerda, the Duke of Verdura, started his career with Coco Chanel as head of textiles.
Chanel commissioned Verdura to create pieces for the boutique, but also to reset her own (real) jewels which had been gifted to her by admirers and lovers through the years. The jewels given by Grand Duke Dmitri of Russia were made into a cuff bracelet with a Maltese cross. This classic cuff bracelet is still very much popular today.
Photo from Mirabella, August 1989.