Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, Pastilles clip, 1951 Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, Pastilles clip, 1951 © Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels exhibits in Bowers Museum Featured

From now until 15 February 2014, "A Quest for Beauty: the Art of Van Cleef & Arpels" will be hosted at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. What better way to start the new year than the pursuit of beautiful things? 

by 06 January 2014

Over 200 pieces from the Place Vendome High Jewelry Maison's collection showcase Nature, Elegance, Exoticism and Femininity - the four themes that have become so iconically Van Cleef & Arpels since 1906. You can witness the maison's heritage through watches, jewelry, stunning objets d'arts, drawings and documents spanning more than a century of history.

Elegance - This yellow gold Zip necklace with emeralds and diamonds from 1955 is one of Van Cleef & Arpels' most avant-garde designs. Combining the maison's "Mains d'Or" craftsmanship (literally 'Golden Hands') with precious gemstones, the Zip opens to form a V-shaped necklace. When closed, adding one more segment and clasp, it can be worn as a bracelet. 


Femininity - From the private collection of one of the most beautiful women in the world - the late Princess Grace of Monaco - is the wedding set of necklace, bracelet, earrings and a ring. Crafted by Van Cleef & Arpels, the jewelry pieces in platinum, pearls and diamonds celebrate timeless femininity with their breathtaking sparkle.


Nature - What inspires mankind more than flora and fauna? The Pastilles clip, from the maison's 1951 collection, brings a blossom to life with thefamous Mystery Setting technique. Rubies are set one next to another, forming the smooth petals, while baguette-cut diamonds create the intricate trim around the flower, completed to dramatic effect after hours of painstaking craftsmanship.


Exoticism - Van Cleef & Arpels's fascination and ties with Asia date from the 1920s, as seen in this extravagant Dragon Vanity Case, made with yellow gold, platinum, enamels, diamonds and jade. The black and red design, featuring a vivid dragon, is showcased in an Art Deco cylindrical case with details crafted in jade and enamel details - China's most beloved materials.


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