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  • Catalogue Essay

    The name ‘Van Cleef & Arpels’ is synonymous both with gemstones of the highest quality and the most glamorous jewellery designs. Founded in 1906 by Alfred Van Cleef and Charles Arpels, the jewellery house became known for its iconic and ingenious designs including the highly sought after mystery-setting of the 1930s, the zip jewels of the 1950s, the ballerinas of the 1960s and the Alhambra motif of the 1970s. The present lot, set with four large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, epitomizes the balance of taste and glamour for which Van Cleef & Arpels is most prized.

  • 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 Pair of Impressive Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, Van Cleef and Arpels

Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered du INT1216

Estimate
HK$4,500,000 - 5,500,000 
$570,000-700,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2017