Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Bracelet

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Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Bracelet

This Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Bracelet with chrysoprase cabochons and diamonds, is of French provenance, crafted in 18k yellow gold, weighing 22.4g and measuring 6.3 inches long, 17mm wide and 5mm deep. In captivating, color-contrasted and timelessly elegant style, this lavishly detailed designer bracelet of immaculate craftsmanship is composed of meticulously hinged, ovular and naturalistically themed links, adorned with chrysoprase oval cabochons and full-cut diamonds. The alluring ovular links are bezel-set with 12 chrysoprase cabochons measuring 6.6mm long and 5.7mm wide, graded 'pale hunter-green' color and 'opaque' clarity. Highly cherished and widely used by the ancient Greek and the Romans, chrysoprase is the translucent and most valuable green variety of chalcedony. Its color is derived from the presence of nickel and may fade in sunlight, resembling the color of jade. The sources of this enticing semi-precious ..More

This Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Bracelet with chrysoprase cabochons and diamonds, is of French provenance, crafted in 18k yellow gold, weighing 22.4g and measuring 6.3 inches long, 17mm wide and 5mm deep. In captivating, color-contrasted and timelessly elegant style, this lavishly detailed designer bracelet of immaculate craftsmanship is composed of meticulously hinged, ovular and naturalistically themed links, adorned with chrysoprase oval cabochons and full-cut diamonds. The alluring ovular links are bezel-set with 12 chrysoprase cabochons measuring 6.6mm long and 5.7mm wide, graded 'pale hunter-green' color and 'opaque' clarity. Highly cherished and widely used by the ancient Greek and the Romans, chrysoprase is the translucent and most valuable green variety of chalcedony. Its color is derived from the presence of nickel and may fade in sunlight, resembling the color of jade. The sources of this enticing semi-precious stone are Queensland in Australia and the Aral Mountains of Russia. The alternately juxtaposed, florally inspired links depicting quatrefoil 'petals' expose each a temptingly delicate round chrysoprase cabochon measuring 2.36mm in diameter, matching the grade of the ovular cabochons. The dainty 'petals' of these artfully crafted silhouettes are cumulatively mounted with 3.84cts of full-cut diamonds graded H color and VS1 clarity. This breath-taking assemblage of precious and semi-precious stones is mounted within skillfully chiseled bezel settings enhancing the glittering effect of yellow gold. The well-concealed clasp securing this stunning bracelet is stamped on reverse with the designer's initials 'V.C.A' and 'Made in France'.

The world famous French jewelry 'Maison' of Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his father-in-law Solomon Arpels. VCA occupied their first store at 22 Place Vendome, where they still reside. Fluid lines, graceful curves, color, and a poetic sense of movement, inherent in the Art Nouveau style, characterize the Maison's pre-1920's jewelry. In 1934, Van Cleef & Arpels created the 'Ludo-hexagone' bracelet also called the 'honeycomb' bracelet which remained in vogue for decades, widely copied and imitated by many other jewelers. Designed as a wide band of, invisibly articulated hexagonal links, often star-set at the center with a tiny ruby or diamond, it was usually decorated with a massive buckle or scroll clasp invisibly set with sapphires or rubies and decorated with small diamonds. In the mid 1940's VCA pioneered the 'invisible setting', a way of cutting and mounting colored gemstones in addition to pave-setting diamonds in yellow gold, prior to which, diamonds were invariably set in white metal. With the return of 'Naturalism' in the mid- 1940's, VCA excelled in the production of flower-head brooches, invisibly set with calibré-cut rubies and sapphires. The first VCA 'ballerina' brooch was produced in 1945, the design remaining in vogue for some two decades. With the new fashion for earrings, Van Cleef and Arpels applied the 'honeycomb' design to their gold and diamond ear-clips and expanded their line of creation in the domain of naturalistically inspired designs. These included floral sprays, animal motifs and the firm's first production of 'snowflake' brooches. In the 1950's their avant-garde 'winking cat' brooch and other designs inspired by Walt Disney cartoons gained tremendous popularity. For the coronation of Farah Pahlavi, the former empress of Iran, Van Cleef & Arpels received the order of designing and manufacturing a crown in 1967. The 4-pound pearl, ruby, diamond and emerald crown she received at her1 967 coronation took Pierre Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels six months to make. This crown is kept as part of the Iranian Crown Jewels at the Iranian Central Bank in Teheran. Today, Van Cleef & Arpels boasts ten boutiques in the United States.

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Center Stone Details
Stone:Diamonds
Cut:Full
Carat Weight: 3.84cts
Color: G
Clarity: VS1
Other Stones
Chrysoprase  NA
Cut: Cabochon Oval
Color: Pale Hunter Green
Clarity: Opaque
Chrysoprase  NA
Cut: Cabochon Round
Color: Pale Hunter Green
Clarity: Opaque
Item Details
Measurements: 6.3in(L) x 1.7cm(W) x 5mm(D)
Weight:22.4g
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