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Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels (France)
Van Cleef & Arpels (France)

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 jewelry whose primary aim was the display of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce pieces that projected the wearer’s taste and style — winning the house a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.

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 firm distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. 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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Vintage Alhambra Ring
Vintage Alhambra Ring
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Vintage Alhambra Earrings
Interplay of Gold and Stones
Interplay of Gold and Stones
Magic Alhambra Necklace
Magic Alhambra Necklace
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Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Diamond Yellow Gold Retro Mystery Watch-Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A chic retro mystery watch-bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels in 18 karat yellow gold, embellished with round brilliant cut sapphires and old cut diamonds. The gold case opens to reveal ...
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1940s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Enamel Diamond Flower Brooch, Pair
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A chic pair of enamel and diamond flower brooches by Van Cleef & Arpels in 18 karat yellow gold. Circa 1960s.
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Van Cleef & Arpels Retro Yellow Gold Sapphire Tie Bar
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Tiger’s Eye Cufflinks
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
An elegant pair of Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra tiger’s eye cufflinks.
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Late 20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Tiger's Eye, Yellow Gold

Retro Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Ruby Flower Bouquet Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels Geometric Design Diamond Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A chic Van Cleef Arpels ring of geometric design, set with circular-cut diamonds in 14 karat gold and platinum. Made in France.
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Late 20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Diamond, Gold, Platinum

Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Diamond Retro Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels Pair of Cultured Pearl, Coral, Turquoise Twist Bracelets
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Van Cleef & Arpels Twist bracelets, each set with cultured pearls and with coral and turquoise beads respectively. Length approximately 200mm, each signed VCA, numbered, Fr...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Coral, Cultured Pearl, Turquoise, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Yellow Gold Cadenas Bracelet Watch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels Aquamarine Citrine Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A peculiar star shaped brooch centering a very fine aquamarine weighing 35.40 cts, sided by four cabochon emeralds, embellished by a pavè of cabochon citrines, on a fine 18k yellow g...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, 18k Gold

Van Cleef Rope Gold Diamond Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A refined Van Cleef necklace in 18kt yellow gold, of rope design highlighted with round cut diamonds. Made in France, circa 1960 Weight: approximately 54.6 dwts. Length 15 3/4 inch...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Sapphire Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef Ruby Diamond Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A Ruby and Diamond Necklace by VAN CLEEF & ARPELS set throughout with brilliant-cut diamonds, the front accented with a cabochon ruby, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French ass...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Retro Mystery Watch/Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef Retro Tubogas Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Gold, Ruby and Diamond Snake Link Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels. Made in France, circa 1950. 18 kt., centering a curved polished panel accented by 6 round diamonds approximately .40 c...
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1950s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Gold Sapphire Flower Brooch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Retro Van Cleef & Arpels New York rose gold and sapphire flower clip-brooch. Made in the United States, circa 1955. 14 kt., the large flower fashioned of layers of folded petals, emb...
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1950s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

1960s Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Diamond Ruby Gold Cous-Cous Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels Emerald Ruby Diamond Gold Ear Clips
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A sophisticated and colorful pair of pear shaped ear clips by Van Cleef & Arpels, with fine brilliant diamonds, embellished by cabochon rubies and emeralds. Made in France, circa 1...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Materials

Emerald, Ruby, White Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Gold Ball-Form Pin Watch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A sophisticated pin watch (modifiable as pendant) manufactured by Van Cleef & Arpels during the 1940s, presenting star decorative elements with central brilliant cut diamonds, on a f...
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1940s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Sophisticated Enamel Diamond Yellow Gold Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS A Sophisticated Yellow Gold Bracelet Watch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

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Van Cleef Gold and Diamond Cufflinks
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Van Cleef Chrysoprase Diamond Gold Necklace
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Located in New York, NY
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Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Textured Cufflinks
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