Van Cleef & Arpels Haute Joaillerie

30/1/13
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Celebrating the creative daring of one of the world’s greatest jewellery maisons  is an exhibition hosted by the Arts Décoratifs in Paris showcasing dazzling Van Cleef & Arpels jewels dating back to 1906. Cleverly curated by Jouin Manku the jewels are shown alongside documents and drawings which illustrate the masterful skill of the crafts people within the context of the brand’s history.
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The years between 1926 and 1939 produced some of my favourite work. Marked by the fruitful collaboration between Renée Puissant (daughter of Esther Arpels, known as Estelle, and Alfred Van Cleef), the techniques developed during this period were instrumental in definitively establishing the fame and style of Van Cleef & Arpels.
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The famous Serti Mystérieux technique, patented in 1933, revolutionised jewellery settings as the stones were set side by side without claws or bezels resulting in an invisible mount. This technique is best illustrated in the famous chrysanthemum pieces.
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Also during this period, the first Ludo bracelet was created  with a flexible gold fabric band that was destined to change the face of wristwear forever.

If you are in Paris between now and the 10 February, make sure you head over to the Arts Décoratifs, you’re in for a treat!

 

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