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Van Cleef & Arpels

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.


Iconic Designs from Van Cleef & Arpels
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Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Interplay of Gold and Stones
Interplay of Gold and Stones
Magic Alhambra Necklace
Magic Alhambra Necklace
Magic Alhambra Earrings
Magic Alhambra Earrings
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Vintage Van Cleef and Arpels Yellow Gold Link Chain Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Circa 1980. 18K Yellow Gold. Featuring paper clip link chain with box in clasp and safety pin. The necklace is signed VCA , stamped 750 and numbered C4083R7.
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1980s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef and Arpels Magic Alhambra 16 Motif Long Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB
Inspired by the clover leaf, their asymmetric designs feature different associations of materials. Magic Alhambra long necklace with 16 motifs in yellow gold and white mother-of-pear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Van Cleef & Arpels

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Yellow Gold

Oiseaux de Paradis Between The Finger Multi Gemstone 18K Rose Gold Ring Size 52
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
An excellent representation of when nature's element of wonder is incorporated into the art of jewelry, the Oiseaux de Paradis by Van Cleef & Arpels is a line to dream for. The moder...
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2010s Contemporary Van Cleef & Arpels

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Diamond Yellow Gold Philippine Dome Band Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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Late 20th Century Modern Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Diamond Hoop Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
While it may be a dream for many to own a pair of earrings as mesmerizing as this one from Van Cleef & Arpels, you can proudly have this very dream on your ears. Finely created from ...
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2010s Contemporary Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef and Arpels Yellow Gold, Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Hoop Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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1990s Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Rock Crystal 20 Motif Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic highly collectible Van Cleef & Arpels very rare Vintage Alhambra Rock Crystal 20 Motif necklace. Set in 18 Yellow Gold. Necklace can be worn as a single strand ...
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2010s Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Pocket Mirror w/ Tassel Pouch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Pocket Mirror w/ Tassel Pouch Color: Black Hardware: Silvertone Materials: Glass mirror, acetate Overall Condition: Very good pre-owned condition, with the except...
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21st Century and Contemporary Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Blue Agate Yellow Gold 5 Motif Bracelet Rare
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic extremely are and highly collectible Vintage Alhambra 5 motif bracelet features are Blue Agate set in 18K yellow gold. Very rare to find, this beauty is a collec...
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2010s Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Rare 1970s 18K Gold Lighter
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Rare 1970s Dunhill for Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Gold gas lighter. Features a woven basket pattern, new flint and flip top. Stamped Dunhill/ Van Cleef & Arpels, serial number 100247 and...
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1970s Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels 18k Gold & White Diamond Case
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Rare and beautiful 1950s -60s Van Cleef & Arpels 18K 750 Gold case. Features a woven basket pattern with White Diamonds encrusted clasp. Total weight 136 grams Interior features a...
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1950s Van Cleef & Arpels

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