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Van Cleef & Arpels Black Opal Fish Brooch

$175,000

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Black Opal Fish Brooch in Platinum. A stunning black opal is the dominating centerpiece of this charming fish brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels. The brooch itself is a wearable sculpture; depicting a fish adorned with a cornucopia of rare colored diamonds ranging from fancy intense yellow to gray-blue. The oval opal, however, is filled with multiple bright tones of the spectrum throughout. The black opal mineraloid specifically is the rarest and most valuable of all opals. A combination of carbon and iron oxide gives the gemstone a dark body tone that further intensifies its already spectacular rainbow-toned phenomena. This is an absolutely fascinating gem to get lost in, surrounded by equally engaging diamonds and design – all fashioned by the famous French Maison in the 1960s. Diamond weight approx. 6.00 carats total. Diamonds include: 0.55 carat VS2 Fancy Gray tapered baguette; 0.41 carat SI1 Fancy Gray-Blue rectangular cut; 0.17 carats SI2 Fancy Grayish-Blue trapezoid cut. Opal measures approx. 40mm x 29mm. Brooch measures approx. 3.5″ in length by 2.5″ and a height of 0.35″. Includes three GIA Certificates for particular diamonds. Numbered and Signed “VCA”; circa 1960s.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    Platinum
  • Stone
    Diamond,Opal
  • Stone Cut
    Round Cut
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: P25671stDibs: LU11410595222

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About Van Cleef & Arpels (Designer)

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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