WHY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE JEWELRY DESIGNERS
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor commissioned so many extraordinary pieces of jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels and other fine jewelry designers. Learn more here.
King Edward XIII, who abdicated his thrown because of his love for Wallis Simpson, adorned her with the most beautiful jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. This Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond Necklace later sold for an astounding $2,603,308.00 at the 1987 Duchess of Windsor auction. (Read the story)
The unique Zip collier, first created in the late 1930’s, is one of the most famous and talked about pieces of jewelry in history. Originally created for Wallis Simpson (The Duchess of Windsor), it is a true piece of technical mastery and amazing craftsmanship.
First unlocked back in 1935, the new Cadenas Collection boasts a more modern look and larger case. Cadenas, meaning “lock” in French, is a signature Van Cleef & Arpels design with a strong symbolic sentiment. The padlock symbolizes a union between two individuals which VCA claims was also requested by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. (read more here)
This extraordinary Sapphire and Diamond bracelet with a hidden watch is another example of their spectacular ingenuity and creativity.
I love these treasures that are related to the jewelry industry, but yet aren’t jewelry to be worn. The Minaudière by Van Cleef & Arpels, such as pens, cigar holders, lighter, combs and makeup compact cases are made in gemstones and 18kt yellow gold. These small works of art popular in the 1920-40’s are unfortunately, an era lost in time.
Even the original VCA renderings are as much works of art as their final three dimensional jewelry.
Available now, an original, signed Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and yellow gold bracelet, circa 1960’s.
Available now, all original, signed Van Cleef & Arpels pieces.
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Heidi Ortman Sheff