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Iconic Van Cleef & Arpels Pearl and Diamond Lion Necklace, Earrings and Ring Set

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Van Cleef & Arpels Pearl & Diamond Lion Necklace, Earrings & Ring Set, 18K Yellow Gold. A Cultured Pearl tassel necklace with pearls measuring 8.7 to 6.2 mm including diamond & textured gold links of foliate motif, with 11 tassels of cultured pearls approximately 9.8 to 6.5 mm. Centered with lion head design with pear shape emeralds set as eyes surrounded with round cut diamond. The tassel from the necklace detaches to be worn, and the necklace converts into bracelet. Measurements: 21" Long A matching pair of lion earrings with 2 drop shaped cultured pearls approximately 14.7 x 12.7 and 13.6 x 12.6 mm, pearls detachable. The lions heads opens to remove the pearls to be worn "day nd night style" Back Type: Clip On A matching ring with a cultured pearl, 14.4 x 13.5 mm, surrounded by round diamonds. Ring Size: 4.75 All pieces signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, with French assay and workshop marks. Similar model in the legendary collection of Elizabeth Taylor

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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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