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Iconic Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire and Diamond Ballerina Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire & Diamond Ballerina Brooch Signed & Numbered, Made Circa 1940
Category

Vintage 1940s Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Turquoise Yellow Gold Museum Collection Ballerina Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Turquoise Ballerina Brooch in 18k Yellow Gold. An important jewel in the Van Cleef & Arpels heritage collection, this jubilant ballerina dates from 1952, when...
Category

Vintage 1950s Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Turquoise, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Mixed Cut Diamond and 18 Karat Gold Ballerina Dome Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Very fine diamond and 18K yellow gold dome ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. This style of ring is commonly known as the Ballerina ring, because of its mixed cut design; it features high g...
Category

Late 20th Century Dome Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Gold Ballerina Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels: A Ballerina Brooch, designed as a stylized ballerina in a gold mesh tutu dress, embellished by circular-cut diamonds, H-I color, VS clarity, mounted in 18k yellow...
Category

1990s Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Inspired Ballerina Sapphire Ruby Emerald Pendant Brooch
Located in Antwerp, BE
AIG Certification number: J90530098BE Gold: 18K Yellow Gold Weight: 24,53 gr. Diamonds: 1,60ct. F-G / VVS-SI Yellow Sapphires: 16,00ct. ( 28 Yellow Sapphires ) Rubies: 2,89ct. ( 4...
Category

1990s Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Sapphire, Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage 18k Yellow Gold 0.03 Ct Diamond Ballerina Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Southampton, PA
Made in France circa 1950s, here is a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold 0.03 Diamond Ballerina Brooch. It features a lovely Arabesque ballerina with a fluted tutu and a bril...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS. A gold and diamond ‘Ballerina’ brooch.
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB
Designed as a dancing ballerina, the face set with a rose-cut diamond, the tutu embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Van Cleef & Arpels.
Materials

Diamond

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Yellow Gold Ballerina Pin Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous vintage Van Cleef & Arpels pin is crafted in 18k yellow gold as Arabesque ballerina in a fluted tutu accented with a brilliant-cut diamond of an estimated 0.03 carats. ...
Category

Vintage 1950s Brooches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Biography and Important Works

One of the world’s foremost jewelry houses, Van Cleef & Arpels is particularly noted for a focus on technical virtuosity, craftsmanship and artistry, evident since its beginning. Rather than create earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other adornments primarily for the aim of displaying of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce jewelry that projected the wearer’s taste and style.

The company was formed a year after the 1895 marriage of Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a gem cutter, to Estelle Arpels, daughter of precious-stones dealer Salomon Arpel. Ten years later, Van Cleef & Arpels opened its first boutique on the Place Vendôme in Paris, setting the march on a square now crowded with dealers in bijouterie. (The company still occupies the New York flagship store opened in 1939 at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.)

Born from a union of expertise in both jewelry making and gem selection, the Van Cleef & Arpels distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. In doing so, the house would win a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1933, Van Cleef & Arpels patented its trademark Mystery Setting — a technique by which gems are fitted into an intricate matrix of slots and “drawers” that keep the setting hidden. Another signal innovation was the Zip necklace, introduced in 1951, which can be worn either around the neck or, with the zipper closed, as a bracelet.

But as much as to the firm’s craftsmanship, clients have been drawn by the insouciance and playfulness of Van Cleef & Arpels designers, as well as their attunement to the cultural climate. After the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the company produced several lavish pieces featuring hieroglyphics and other Egyptian motifs to go along with the geometric Art Deco jewelry of that decade and the next. Following World War II, as symbols of freedom and rebirth, the firm focused on naturalistic forms such as birds, flowers, fruit and flying insects. High society’s 1960s fascination with the Near East and India prompted such pieces as the best-selling Alhambra necklace, popularized by Princess Grace.

Lately, attention among collectors and connoisseurs has centered on Van Cleef & Arpels’s quality of workmanship as much as its glamour. The firm was the subject of a 2012 show at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as well as exhibitions at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in 2013 and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014.

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