An Elegant Van Cleef & Arpels Emerald & Diamond Necklace
by Simon Teakle on October 1st, 2009
In the 1960′ and 70’s, jewelry became far more colorful with striking contrast and daring juxtapositions. Inspired once more by the influence of India, jewelry that was worn over the tunics of Maharajah’s became a cornerstone of Van Cleef & Arpels designs.
Although only bi-colored, this necklace illustrates stark contrast between brilliant green and the purest white with oval cluster motifs reminiscent of the magnificent sarpechs and bazubands worn by India’s aristocrats.
At this time, the House of Arpels was the world’s leading “haute joalliere” focusing on the finest stones combined with exceptional craftsmanship. This necklace is cleverly constructed to convert to a magnificent bracelet that is as chic and wearable today as when it was originally made.
The client list of Van Cleef & Arpels in the early twentieth century reads like a who’s who list of the wealthiest men and most beautiful women of the period. Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi, Princess Grace of Monaco and Lady Granard all favored fine jewelry by this venerated designer.
The style and quality of this necklace would fit in any of the world’s great jewelry collections and its style will endure for generations to come.