Cross Wearer: Diana ­Vreeland’s Chanel Brooches



Everyone comes back from vacation a little happier. But when designer Coco Chanel and jeweler Fulco di Verdura returned from a joint holiday in Italy in the 1930s, they were also filled with inspiration. They’d been awestruck by two sights: the colorful Byzantine mosaic of Empress Theodora in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, and the eight-point Maltese crosses in Sicily. With that artwork in mind, Verdura (under Chanel’s auspices) created his stunning Theodora and Ravenna brooches by pressing rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, amethysts, peridots, and tourmalines into two yellow
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