Circa 1940’s, this 18k yellow gold, sapphire and diamond clip by Van Cleef and Arpels virtually epitomizes the Retro period of jewelry that began following the start of WWII, after the art deco aesthetic of the 20’s and 30’s had come to an end. Platinum was used towards the war efforts, and yellow gold became popular in a period of design that began the less-is-more philosophy. This beautiful clip brooch features 3.00cts of blue sapphires, all square-cut and radiating out like a section of the sun from a gorgeous 2.00ct oval shaped diamond, accented by 1.10ctw of round diamonds. This is a brooch for anyone’s collection of fine sapphire jewelry.
This is a brooch made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1928. At the height of Art Deco, it must have been an unusual design at the time to choose an orchid, which was one of the icons of the Art Nouveau period. The Art Deco features of this piece are the platinum setting with different cut diamonds: brilliant, pave, and baguette. The brooch is displayed at the Cooper-Hewitt.
A Gorgeous Van Cleef & Arpels Sautoir. A magnificent double row necklace suspending a Maltese cross set with over 100 carats of diamond and superb South Sea pearls mounted in platinum, detachable to form various items. Commissioned 1967 Van Cleef & Arpels New York
Van Cleef and Arpels Necklace This 18 karat yellow gold & diamond necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels exemplifies the style of the 60″s decade. Pieces of this caliber are often designed to be used multiple ways. The necklace is comprised of smaller elements that make the piece more versatile. For example, the pendant can be detached and worn on a different chain or as a brooch. With over 90 carats of diamonds, the piece is a reminder of the 1960’s unabashed embrace of glamour.
Diamond Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1950s. Designed as a stylized ribbon tied spray, set with six principal pear-shaped diamonds, baguette, circular- and single-cut stones, mounted in platinum and white gold, signed Van Cleef & Arpels and numbered, French assay and indistinct maker’s marks, inscribed ‘country of origin: France’.