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  • 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 Set of Three Gold Charms

The gold link bracelet with three detached charms including a circular aries ram pendant; a rope twist gold rabbit with ruby eyes and diamond accents; and an elephant with ruby eyes and pavé-set diamond ears, mounted in 18K yellow gold, length 8 1/4 inches.
Signed 'Van Cleef & Arpels' or'VCA'; bracelet unsigned

Estimate
$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $6,875

JEWELS

6 December 2011
New York