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  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels


    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 Set of Gold and Diamond Jewelry

Comprising a brooch, designed as a polished gold flower head, centering upon a circular-cut diamond floret, and a pair of ear clips en sure, mounted in 18K yellow gold, brooch length 2 1/2 inches, earclip length 1 1/2 inches.
Both signed 'VCA' for Van Cleef & Arpels, brooch no. B 1382 A 67, earclips no. B3400A3

$9,000 - 12,000 


8 December 2010  2pm
New York