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Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Vintage Diamond Blue Yellow Sapphire Dragonfly Brooches

$42,500per set

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Ephermeral, and illusory, dragonflies have flown the earth for 300 million years and have come to symbolize the ability to overcome times of hardship and are the ultimate omen for good luck. These three iridescent Van Cleef & Arpels Paris vintage diamond, blue sapphire, and yellow sapphire dragonfly brooches are inseparable and triple the blessing. Whether you wear one, two, or three you will always be covered with good fortune. Mounted in 18 karat white and yellow gold. All signed Van Cleef & Arpels Paris. Circa 2005. Diamond dragonfly has a total of 2.65 carats of round cut diamonds. Serial #BL14125. Blue sapphire dragonfly has a total of 2.90 carats of round cut sapphires and a total of .22 carats of diamonds. Serial #BL30625. Yellow sapphire dragonfly has a total of 2.90 carats of round cut sapphires and a total of .22 carats of diamonds. Serial #BL3059. Only sold as an incredible and rare set of three.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k Gold
  • Stone
    Diamond,Blue Sapphire,Yellow Sapphire
  • Stone Cut
    Round Cut
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Contemporary
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
    2000-2009
  • Date of Manufacture
    2005
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Greenwich, CT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 169831stDibs: LU39112048022

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About the Designer

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 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.Find an exquisite collection of Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other accessories on 1stDibs.
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