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Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Scallop Shell Vintage Earrings in 18K Gold

$17,800

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Van Cleef & Arpels dazzling vintage scallop shell-shape earrings showcasing approximately 3 carats of finest white diamonds and set in 18 karat yellow gold. The scallop shape gracefully fans out out from bottom to the top of the earrings and features three separate rows of incredibly bright diamonds. The earrings gently curve which allows diamonds to catch more light and results in superior brilliance uncommon in a piece of this size – a testament to Van Cleef’s thoughtful design. The fanned silhouette, scalloped edges, and three paralel rows of graduated diamonds give these earrings wonderful movement and unexpected rhythm. The gentle earring curving that enhances diamond scintillation is also a practical feature, as it makes the earrings extremely pliant to the ear and supremely comfortable to wear. The glowing yellow gold has a fine mirror finish typical of Van Cleef & Arpels meticulous craftsmanship. This is a very versatile piece, packing plenty of brilliance for a dressy occasion, but also clean-lined and small enough for casual wear. It offers timeless elegance, a term synonymous with Van Cleef & Arpels, and it will always be in style. - Enchanting and timelessly elegant scallop shell design from iconic Van Cleef & Arpels - Versatile piece that can be dressy or casual - Featuring approximately 3 carats of fine white (approximately E-G color, VVS-VS clarity) brilliant-cut round diamonds - Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, and with French hallmarks and makers mark - Vintage and rare, dating to 1980s, and in excellent condition - Clip-on earrings measuring 0.8in (2cm) in length and 0.6in (1.5cm) in width

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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 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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