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Van Cleef & Arpels

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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$10,090
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Vintage Alhambra Ring
Vintage Alhambra Ring
Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Fleurette Ring
Fleurette Ring
Cadenas Watch
Cadenas Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels Carved Emerald and Diamond Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef and Arpels Carved Emerald Diamond Necklace Approximately 13 carats of diamonds 1 magnificent hand carved emerald Signed Van Cleef & Arpels and numbered Measurements: 14.5"...
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1980s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

Van Cleef and Arpels Vintage Alhambra Onyx 18 Karat Gold Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Pair of Van Cleef and Arpels Vintage Alhambra Onyx 18 Karat Gold Earrings. Crafted in 18 karat yellow gold signed Van Cleef and Arpels serial #JE272830, with French hallmarks. Ci...
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Early 2000s Van Cleef & Arpels

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Onyx, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Rose Gold Carnelian Pendant
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra pendant necklace crafted in 18 karat rose gold and featuring a single clover-inspired motif pendant in carnelian. The necklace measures 16...
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2010s Van Cleef & Arpels

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Carnelian, Rose Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Very Large Yellow Gold Textured Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1980 Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Large and impressive 18K Yellow Gold Earrings, measuring 2 3/4 inches in length, 1 5/8 inches wide and weighing 49 Grams, having a textured & hamm...
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1980s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels

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18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels No Enhancement Burmese 12.01 carat Sapphire Diamond Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef and Arpels Burmese sapphire and diamond ring. Set with natural no enhancement oval old cut Burmese 12.01 carat sapphire, surrounded by 14 fine quality brilliant shape dia...
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1980s Artist Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond and Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels, 18k gold and diamond necklace, The necklace composed of gold links with braided design, encrusted at the front within quality round brilliant-cut diamonds, estim...
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Late 20th Century Artist Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlee Medium Model 18K Yellow Gold 2.16 Ct Diamond Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Southampton, PA
Sleek and sophisticated, an 18K Yellow Gold setting featuring dramatic millegrain detailing sets the stage for this impeccable Van Cleef & Arpels Perlee bracelet. Measuring 7.85” lon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Onyx Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Onyx And Diamond Ring By Van Cleef &and Arpels. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ring Consisting Of Several Pave Set Sections Divided By Inset Carved Onyx Sections Ring Contains 42 Round Brill...
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1990s Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold

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Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry and watches. Each of these unique items has been designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Van Cleef & Arpels diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 1,019. This collection contains 1,471 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Van Cleef's jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Roman Malakov, LB Exclusive and Bvlgari. Prices for Van Cleef's jewelry & watches can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $541 and tops out at $1,560,000, while pieces like these can sell for $15,994.
Questions About Van Cleef & Arpels
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Van Cleef & Arpels is so expensive because it is a well-known company that has a fantastic reputation. Van Cleef & Arpels are universally renowned for high quality jewelry with a focus on detail. High-profile fans of the French jewelry house over the years have included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. Find an extraordinary range of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry on 1stDibs.

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