Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Necklace

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Vintage Diamond Van Cleef & Arpels Necklace

This Van Cleef and Arpels Vintage Necklace of exqisite aesthetic is crafted in 18k yellow gold, weighs 118.1g and measures 16.5 inches long, 23mm wide and 4.5mm deep. Exuding distinct elegance combined with artistic craftsmanship, this exquisite designer necklace displays the 'emblems' of vintage 1950's style of necklaces, which encompassed a great variety of designs. The 1950's creations incorporated on the one hand, lavish displays of gemstones, in which jewelers made frequent use of channel-setting, and on the other hand, the use of gold and platinum to suit the 'new line' of fashion initiated by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and other renowned French designers. The overall design of gold necklaces was curvilinear, fluid and asymmetrical, and distinguished by an extraordinarily varied and imaginative rendering of the gold. The renowned 'fancy link' styles of Van Cleef & Arpels, introduced in the 1940's continued their ..More

This Van Cleef and Arpels Vintage Necklace of exqisite aesthetic is crafted in 18k yellow gold, weighs 118.1g and measures 16.5 inches long, 23mm wide and 4.5mm deep. Exuding distinct elegance combined with artistic craftsmanship, this exquisite designer necklace displays the 'emblems' of vintage 1950's style of necklaces, which encompassed a great variety of designs. The 1950's creations incorporated on the one hand, lavish displays of gemstones, in which jewelers made frequent use of channel-setting, and on the other hand, the use of gold and platinum to suit the 'new line' of fashion initiated by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and other renowned French designers. The overall design of gold necklaces was curvilinear, fluid and asymmetrical, and distinguished by an extraordinarily varied and imaginative rendering of the gold. The renowned 'fancy link' styles of Van Cleef & Arpels, introduced in the 1940's continued their popularity well into the 1950's. This vintage diamond necklace incorporates stylized, inversely interlocked, hexagonal links enriched with a diamond-encrusted, tri-dimenisonal central decor of hexagonal format. The latter is bead-set with 0.62cts of high grade full-cut diamonds graded H color and VS1 clarity, mounted in a white gold base. A well-concealed tongue-and-groove clasp and a deployant safety latch secure this intriguing Van Cleef % Arpels vintage diamond necklace, bearing the designer's initials VCA, the reference #412H-5 and the purity mark '18K'.

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: 0.62cts
Color: H
Clarity: VS1
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Item Details
Measurements: 16.5in(L) x 2.3cm(W) x 4.5cm(D
Weight:118.1g
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