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Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Zipper Drop Necklace

$450,000

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Van Cleef and Arpels Pave Diamond Zipper Drop Necklace Made in 2012. With VCA certificate of authenticity and large fitted box "Van Cleef & Arpel's iconic 'Zip' necklace exemplifies the Maison's creativity and capability to transform the everyday into exquisite jewels. This ingenious creation is credited to originate from a suggestion from the Duchess of Windsor in 1938, when she proposed to Renée Puissant - the Maison's artistic director and daughter of Alfred Van Cleef - that a piece should be created based on the concept of a zip fastener. This was the beginning of a period of technical advancements in jewellery-making for the Maison, with the micro-engineering of this design taking the Maison's workshops decades to perfect, and the first model for the 'Zip' necklace was presented to the public in 1951." "It was first unveiled by Van Cleef & Arpels at the beginning of the 1950s; its pioneering design becoming an immediate success. Never before had it been possible to create such a jewel; entirely gem-set and yet with a movable zip mechanism. It had taken many years since the concept had first been imagined by Renée Puissant in the 1930s for the firm to be able to produce such an extraordinary feat of miniature engineering and skill. The House has continued to manufacture these jewels ever since. The zipper necklace has also been seen on the red carpets on several occasions, worn by actresses Cate Blanchett, Hillary Swank or Eve Best, when portraying the Duchess of Windsor in the movie ‘The King’s Speech’."

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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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