If I Were a Warlord: Verdura Cuffs

There is a certain guy in our friend circle – let’s call him “John”. Well to us friends, his nickname is “Bottle Service John” because he’s always the first person to whip out the Centurion when out in public. Pretty girls nearby? “Let me get this round of drinks!” he’ll bellow, waving his fancy thick credit card in the air. He’s that kind of guy – I’m sure you all probably have a version in your group.

Anyway, as you can tell,  John likes the finer things in life, and always likes to speculate on what it’d be like if he were a warlord – the cars, watches, and a lifestyle which I can only guess would be prosecuted under “extreme polygamy” in the United States. “If only I was a warlord…” he mused aloud while we were shopping a few weeks ago, as he eyed a fancy Breuget watch. “If only.”

If only, indeed! So now the term has caught on, and I say it whenever I see something gorgeous and way, way out of my wallet league. I said it this weekend when I went to go look at some Verdura cuffs in person – oh my, I would so have one (or two) of these on my wrists tomorrow = If Only I Were A Warlord!

You may recognize these cuffs from Coco Chanel – they were her bracelet of choice. She often wore two, one on each wrist, as you can see in the photos. Verdura designed jewelry for Chanel at Coco’s invitation, and it was during this stint that he designed his famous “Maltese Cross” bracelet which is what you see above. So gorgeous, right? Too bad these start at around $30k and above. But if you have a fabulous budget I would recommend a trip to Verdura’s lovely flagship salon in New York where you can get a cuff customized to your wrist. I’ll leave you all with a particular favorite of mine, set in green jade…I’ll say it again, if only I was a warlord…this baby would all, all mine.

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  • Lissy
    June 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh to have any of the Verdura cuffs! I covet!!

  • Twigart
    June 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Love that saying! Yes indeed…. if only

  • Tangles
    June 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Ohmygosh! I loved this! We always say, "If I won the lottery…", but warlord is SO much cooler!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Wonderful story! Wow, these bracelets are truly out of this world. I guess I'm only ever going to gaze these in the form of photos.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Wonderful story! Wow, these bracelets are truly out of this world. I guess I'm only ever going to gaze these in the form of photos.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Wonderful story! Wow, these bracelets are truly out of this world. I guess I'm only ever going to gaze these in the form of photos.

  • Ruth
    June 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Fab saying, this guy sounds like a riot to hang out with. He reminds me of my gay best friend in high school (although it would always been showing off if the boys football team walked past lol)

  • Vasu
    June 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    wow!! mesmerizing….they are so beautiful….love them….

  • Melissa
    June 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Well written, Kat!! Love the anecdote and the history 🙂 Your blog is a fun daily stop for me 🙂 If only I were a warlord, we'd meet in Paris and go shopping!


  • Lisa
    June 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    the jade green is stunning.. that green.. *sigh* hahah. one can dream!

  • The Zhush
    June 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Obsessed! I would have a pair or 12, in a heartbeat as well!

  • Belle de Ville
    June 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I adore these Verdura cuffs….but why, like all Verdura jewelry, do they need to be so overpriced?
    If I were a warlord, I would demand a discount!

  • homestilo
    June 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Black Card John- love it. I also love that image of Coco- classic!

  • deuxarmoires
    June 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I'd have two of those please! =)

  • Katherine
    June 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    i'm so happy to have found your blog, and am now following you! love your writing style. thanks for stopping by Get Dressed!

    xx katherine

  • Kelly
    June 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Love those! Fierce! Wish I had an extra $40K laying around.

  • Meisha.Style
    June 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    they are beautiful! wish i could have the first one!

  • Fashion Is Passion by Poison
    June 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Yaa….If Only…


  • DSK Steph
    June 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm


  • Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons*
    June 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Haha, I'm totally going to blatantly steal that expression! Love it. 🙂

  • alison*elle
    June 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    OMG, I WANT. Indeed, if I were a warlord… 😉

    xo, alison*elle

  • Hannah
    June 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Hahaha, that's great.
    If you were a warlord, would you buy a everyone a round of these cuffs? I'd be sure to be standing nearby should such a thing ever happen.

  • Shasie
    June 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Love these cuffs! They are so great

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  • Cait
    June 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

    How those cuffs are stunning, I think it's good they off customization to your wrist size. Cuffs never seem to fit me because I have the smallest hands and thinest wrists. lol

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! 🙂

  • Cin
    June 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

    hahahah this guy sounds hilarious! but those cuffs are amazing…sigh to be 30K or so richer 😛
    xx Cin
    Origami Roses

  • Finley
    June 8, 2011 at 3:20 am

    So funny!! I love this story – don't we all know that guy?

    I've seen knock-offs of these cuffs – now I can't remember when or who did them. I'm pretty sure I saw them at Neiman Marcus, and I want to say they were in the $300 range? Now I'm on a hunt to find them again for you!

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  • audrey marie
    June 8, 2011 at 4:42 am

    haha so cute – i want to be a warlord now 🙂

  • Kate L.
    June 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    beautiful cuffs!! Thanks for stopping by Fashion Cat:)

  • BeTwin Us
    June 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Amazing cuffs, so luxury but to die fooor! :)) Green one is my favourite really stunning jewelry!

  • Louise
    June 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Your friend sounds hilarious! Those cuffs are absolutely stunning.

    My husband and I like to imagine what would be the first thing we would buy for ourselves if we were to win the lottery. Sigh… if only indeed!

  • Stacey
    June 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

    OMG those are so pretty! I don't really wear bracelets to much though since I'm always on the computer. Am I the only one who thinks like this?

  • Katherine
    June 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    @Cait Same for me…I have so much trouble!