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  • The Jewelry of Van Cleef and Arpels, Timeless Iconic Design on Display

    The Jewelry of Van Cleef and Arpels, Timeless Iconic Design on Display. Must See: “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. For more then century, the remarkable history of Van Cleef & Arpels has been intertwined with the lives of many of the greatest personalities of our time. Each has enhanced the other and set the stage for the display of some of the grandest jewelry of out time.Going back to Van Cleef & Arpels' opening on the Place Vendôme in Paris in 1906 to the establishment of Van Cleef & Arpels in New York in 1939, the best-known and most beautiful women of the twentieth century have passed through the jeweler's fabulous doors.The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has amassed over 350 works from Van Cleef & Arpels, including jewels, timepieces and so much more. Many works were commissioned for American clientele as well as Royalty and Hollywood Royalty alike- such as H.S.M. Princess Grace of Monaco's Tiara, the Alhambra necklace, with it quatrefoil motif recalling Moorish architecture that is most identified with Grace Kelly; or the Manchette emerald bracelets, owned by Daisy Fellowes, the granddaughter of Isaac Singer of sewing-machine fame.

    Published on February 18, 2011

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