Lot 309
  • 309

Pair of Diamond 'Snowflake' Earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels

30,000 - 50,000 USD
112,500 USD
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  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • platinum, gold, diamond
Of openwork design, set throughout with round diamonds, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered BL 52272, with French maker's marks. With signed box.


For a pair of yellow gold 'Snowflake' earrings see Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art of High Jewelry, edited by Evelyne Possémé, page 219.

Catalogue Note

Snowflakes have been a consistent source of inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels since the early 1940s, shortly after the French firm opened its New York boutique in 1939. Interpreted into designs for earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches, these jewels have remained a High Jewelry staple for the maison. The elegant earrings offered here feature a dazzling array of diamonds set in platinum, their pear-shaped pendants illuminating and framing the face.

Another example of a ‘Snowflake’ jewel by Van Cleef & Arpels is lot 220, a necklace mounted in yellow gold. Both examples, share a distinct femininity and charm. Featuring small clusters of round diamonds within diamond-set frames, what makes this design iconic is its ability to display a touchstone of VCA’s craftsmanship: an absence of metal. Each of these jewels bring the arrangement of the diamonds to the forefront, with the metal almost completely unseen, making it seem as though the jewels have glamorously melted onto the wearer, like a freshly fallen snowflake.