Van Cleef & Arpels - Magnificent Jewels Geneva Monday, May 12, 2008 | Phillips
    • circa 1940

    • Comprising a brooch, designed as a pierced bombé gold dome centering upon a circular-cut sapphire and diamond floret, decorated with circular-cut diamonds and sapphires, mounted in 18K yellow gold; earclips en suite, brooch diameter 3.5 cm, earclips 2.5 cm. 

    • Signed 'Van Cleef & Arpels'

  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels

    French

    When Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels fell in love, their marriage paved the way for iconic jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels to become a symbol of unification. With their background in precious stone dealing, the Arpels found their perfect match in the Van Cleefs, a family of expert stonecutters. In 1906, Estelle's brother Charles established the company name with Alfred's help and opened shop in the Place Vendôme in Paris. To this day, this Parisian neighborhood is associated with turn-of-the-century luxury.

    The Van Cleef & Arpels aesthetic has always had its finger on the pulse of worldwide trends: For example, the house took inspiration from Tutankhamen upon the Egyptian king's discovery in the 1920s, which spurred a global phenomenon marrying Egyptian Revival and Art Deco motifs. Over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced intricate watches, earrings and necklaces with a signature elegance that mirrors contemporary tastes. 

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A Diamond Sapphire and Gold Brooch and Earrings

circa 1940
Comprising a brooch, designed as a pierced bombé gold dome centering upon a circular-cut sapphire and diamond floret, decorated with circular-cut diamonds and sapphires, mounted in 18K yellow gold; earclips en suite, brooch diameter 3.5 cm, earclips 2.5 cm. 
Signed 'Van Cleef & Arpels'

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 20,000 

Magnificent Jewels

13 May 2008, 2 & 7pm
Geneva