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    • Catalogue Essay

      The ‘Angel Hair’ necklace was created by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1940’s. Several variations on this theme were created using a graduating yellow gold fringe of batons, embellished with diamonds and, less frequently, colored gemstones. 'Angel Hair’ necklaces, bracelets and earrings were created and sold for several decades as it remained both fashionable and easy to wear.

      Frenchman, Louis Gérard, who worked for many years at Van Cleef & Arpels, left and founded his own company in 1968, M. Gérard. Although the business only lasted twenty years, he successfully created “the most beautiful jewels in the world”, many of which were made by Parisian craftsman André Vassort. This workshop created masterpieces for some of the most important jewelry houses – Boucheron, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels. These jeweled creations are immediately recognizable for their superb manufacture, superior diamonds and gemstones, as well as for their extraordinary fluidity, flexibility and suppleness.

      This ‘Angel Hair’ necklace exemplifies the influence of Van Cleef & Arpels, the evolution of and interpretation by Louis Gérard, and the skill of master jeweler André Vassort with his talent for bringing to life beautiful jewels.

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A Diamond and Gold ‘Angel Hair’ Necklace

Round brilliant-cut diamonds
Signed, with maker’s mark, with French assay mark
18K yellow gold, length approximately 15.75 inches

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $32,760

Contact Specialist

Susan Abeles
Head of Department, Americas and Senior International Specialist
New York
+1 212 940 1383

Jewels

New York Auction 7 December 2020